F^n was this past weekend. This was the eighth year for this SCA fiber arts symposium, and the first time under new management. All went very well, though there were some glitches – only to be expected when switching event staff. (It started out as FFF – Fiber, Fabric and Fighting – and has added some indeterminate number of additional Fs over the years: Fishing, Fencing, Feasting… so now it’s F^n).
The classes were on a diverse range of topics and were well-attended. In fact, this was by far the largest group we’ve ever had (being a Royal Progress event helped considerably). The event certainly made money, making it more likely that it will be able to continue as long as I can find enough help.
I taught my new tablet weaving class for the first time. It went okay, but would have been considerably improved if I had had time to set up a sample warp for each student beforehand. I knew that would be a problem, but there was nothing to be done. The block patterning itself worked brilliantly. Both complete novices were weaving what were actually very complicated patterns by the end of the hour-long class.
Later in the day an evil, evil man sidled up to me. “I have this loom,” he whispered in my ear. “It’s a Leclerc 16-harness table loom.”
I looked at him. And I asked how much.
After I was able to speak again I wrote him a check.
Behold the new toy!
It is a 16-harness loom, with the harnesses in sets of 4 removable cartridges. Everything works very well – I twiddled all the levers before buying. I promptly threw a warp on it, made up of whatever random bits I happened to have with me, and started weaving. I only warped up the first eight harnesses, as there were few or no heddles on the higher ones. And really, eight was enough to start playing with.
Yesterday I spent some time poking around Handweaving.net for eight-harness patterns, and had a grand time weaving a few repeats of several of them.
Pretty, no? And such fun!
I did some poking around last night, trying to find out more about this loom. It looks like the Meco and the Jano, except that it’s only about 15 inches wide, and definitely not the 22 listed for Meco or 20 for Jano. It isn’t collapsible either, ruling the Meco and several other table looms, though it otherwise looks very much like it. The Jano isn’t expandable, coming only in a 4-harness model.
The institutional green appears to be the original color, suggesting that this might be a Nilus Leclerc instructional model rather than a retail model, but I can’t find anything out about those, or if Leclerc even made school looms. Anyone know where to find better information?