He was leaving his lovely cottage in Weardale and concentrating on tapestry weaving so he sold all his large looms. He had made and adapted the design to suit his weaving. At the time, I was teaching weaving at a local authority Arts Centre and I bought a large floor loom for the class. For myself, I bought this charming band loom. Fortunately I am tall with long legs as the reach to the treadles is quite awkward for anyone with short legs.
The loom is beautifully made in solid oak and consequently quite heavy. There are no metal parts at all. All the joints are dovetailed.
|Michael Crompton's band loom.|
|Side view showing the castle|
|Detachable treadles - they unscrew from the bar at the back of the loom|
He designed the treadles so that if the loom is transported, the foot bars can be unscrewed so that the loom can be laid flat.
On the side is a trademark carved bird.
He and his wife used the loom to weave mug mats to match the line of table mats that they sold. With the band loom came a sack full of ready made warps. I am now down to the last one as the warps are very long.
Here are some mug mats I wove on the previous white wool warp.
|Two complete ;mug mats with the last set cut off the loom.|
The wool is coarse carpet wool. I hem stitch the mug mats then cut them apart. The mats go into the wash so that they felt slightly. This holds the fringes together. Then the fringes can be cut neatly. They need to be pressed quite hard whilst still damp.
They are ideal as mug mats. They are absorbent and protect the surface of a table from the heat of the mug. They can also be washed.
Here is the weave drawdown. There are 48 ends of brown rug wool.
|Two variations for mug mats|
Here are examples that I wove on the brown warp.
Here you can see the strip of four mug mats that have been stitched and washed but not yet trimmed.
The slight action of felting holds the ends together neatly.
I still have lots of warp left so I am going to try different colours for the weft.
The mats are very practical and wash well.
This loom is going to be sold as I am running short of space. I wanted to ensure that it was in full working order.
Susan j Foulkes March 2017