I have a lovely used LeClerc table loom, purchased through usedvictoria.com about two years ago. The woman I bought it from had never really touched it – told me the previous owner set it up for her, and started her with a couple of inches of weaving.
For the last two years, that is how the loom sat in my attic/craft room. Periodically I would go up there and throw the shuttle back & forth a few times; my son would take a couple of tries; I’d read the “Learning to Weave” book and try a couple of things. I took the practice warp off, but couldn’t figure out a way to put one back on without a warping board.
This past spring, I sent photos of various warpboard “how-to’s” to my brother, and voila, had a warping board…it just took me 3+ months to actually use it… but that’s not as bad as the fact it has taken me two years to warp my own loom!!
Instructions called for 2 colours of 60 ends each, so I managed to use the warp board twice in one day!!!
I didn’t have a sley hook for sleying the reed, but instead used a plastic stitch marker from my knitting kit it took me a good couple of hours to do this with 120 threads into teeny tiny spaces (Note to self: need to buy a sley hook)
Threading the heddle was just as tiresome (120 threads through moving targets) & I could not get comfortable (Note to self: bring kitchen stool upstairs next time!)
After a few inches of weaving, I’m thinking using this practice piece as a lunch placemat might embarrass the 7yr old, maybe it’ll be a timeout or blackmail mat instead…