Its been such a lovely spring feeling week this week. Blossoms, blue skies, sunshine… aaahhh
It was great to get out and take a drive down to Pattys house, especially since I knew she had just taken delivery of a brand new Saori loom! Loom assembly party! I was also looking forward to catching some sun in her lovely garden, and Lucca was quite excited about the duck feeding opportunities.
Sally joined us too and after third coffee we got started on the loom. It was something of a brief assembly party, because, apart from Patty undoing first the ONE AND ONLY red tie that was explicity instructed in the manual to NOT to untie first, it all went pretty fast. Sally filled in for RED TIE and held it all together while we dropped in a couple of bolts and tightened everything up and there it was 🙂 A lovely piece of equipment. I am so impressed with the workmanship on these looms, every part of them beautifully made and finished. The goal of Saori is simple, and everyone can use it, and they have totally accomplished this. I really was amazed how fast and easy it assembled. I even had time for fourth coffee before leaving in time to avoid the inevitable traffic jam on the Rotterdam ring.
AND there was also christmas in a Saori box for me too, as my comb reed also had arrived! YAY! Of course I had just warped my loom the day BEFORE this so I have to be patient and finish the weaving that I already started before I can swap reeds and have a play with the new one, but it should be really interesting to see what I can achieve with it. The idea of the comb reed is that the top of it comes off, you can move warp threads around while you weave. I could get in a bit of a tangle but that too could be interesting!
So here are a few pics of the loom building. This is the SX60 two shaft loom, mine is the all wood version and this is the metal tube one, I think its a bit lighter, and its also extended so works better for taller people, as in.. not me 🙂