4 thoughts on “Lillstina’s instruction manual

  1. Hello there. I just found a 31″ 4 harness, 4 treadle Lillstina, but it’s not a collapsible configuration — more like a table loom on legs – looks about 28″ weaving width, maybe 29. I know that 31″ is a strange size and I think this must be quite old but it’s in excellent condition. I have very little experience with looms: mostly tapestry adnd I did own one not very good, not a name brand, counterbalance loom that I finally gave to Goodwill as it didn’t work very well. This is my first experience with a cantilever loom and I’m sure I don’t know what I’m doing, but since I’m still getting it ready yet to warp, I haven’t completely confused myself yet. — I am thankful for your posting of the user manual — it has been a great help already.

    I’ve done only tapestry weaving using tapestry looms and then took a wonderful class in tapestry weaving using a 4 harness loom (only used 2 harnesses – LeClerc jack loom but the instructor said to go with counterbalance or countermarche for rugs and tapestries). Anyway, I thought this would be a good little loom to learn more about weaving on and I got it for an excellent price from a non-weaver cleaning out her garage, but I can’t find any information about the Lillstina looms. And I’ve not seen any like the one I just found. I’m still soaking the 2 reeds: 5 dent and 10 dent, with vinegar infused rags – the 5 dent is rust-free now and the 10 dent, almost so, it had a bit more rust than the 5 dent. I’m going to dunk the harnesses in cold soapy water and then rinse, to clean the string heddles. I’m hoping that will work to clean them, they’re quite dusty but in great shape otherwise. If you find out anything more about the Lillstina looms, please post, or, I would very much appreciate it if you would let me know what you find. It’s intriguing, to have this very well made sturdy loom . It’s cute as a bug in a rug. I’m looking forward to learning more about cloth weaving, as well as doing rug and tapestry work on it – I’m very much a beginner; I appreciate your blog! I have a blog about gardening but I haven’t updated it for awhile — too much work to do IN the garden this time of year. I sew and knit and spin (not so much spinning these days) and for a few years got to raise wool breed sheep and angora goats. That was lovely but in the past. When the Michigan winter raises her cold hand again, I hope to spend a lot of time at the loom. Thanks again for your post on the Lillstina and the posting of the manual — the needle in the haystack for me! Nanci

    • Nanci, I found some sort of anti-rust spray paint at the hardware store, and in the course of one afternoon, I had all my reeds sprayed, painted, and dried. I also redid all the tie ups and heddles on my loom using Texsolv. I bought a couple balls of it and some hooks, and the tie ups are easy to change. For the tapestry loom work, I am currently using a frame loom. I’d thought to get a two harness, but decided not to. BTW, I’m out of the country for an extended period of time and have difficulty accessing the blog, hence the lengthy delay. I’m talking to Glimakra to have them send me a tapestry loom, but the cost and the shipping are pretty much the same.

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