Sunday, April 15, 2007
The episode in which Ann and Chris go to an estate sale and much madness ensues.
Look! It's Chris! What's that in front of him? Whatever it is, it's too big to fit in our ancient Volvo named Mulva. We must enlist the help of Dad Bergh and his truck.
While it looks like an organ, it is actually a LeClerc loom that weaves things up to 60 inches in width! And the people running the estate sale are offering it, along with a crate of vintage knitting magazines, a few boxes of mostly-crap but some wool yarn, glass bottles of vintage buttons, vintage ribbons and trim, books on weaving and embroidery, a few random books including a "POCKET GUIDE TO GERMANY" that is actually WHAT WAS GIVEN TO OCCUPYING AMERICAN GIs IN 1945 IN NEARLY PRISTINE CONDITION NO KIDDING!!! for, well, a song.We (okay, they... Chris is a trained mechanic and his dad works as an engineer in a lab at 3M) got it collapsed and into the truck. It is now in our basement where it can be set up.
I have no idea how to use it. Today we went to Barnes and Noble to look at weaving books. There were a few, but they were all about taking a few palm fronds or bamboo shoots and creating home accessories with flair. I told Chris that I couldn't find anything with a title along the lines of "So Now You Have a Loom in Your Basement," and he suggested I check the Impulse Purchases section of the store. No luck. However, there are classes offered at the Textile History Museum, so I'm investigating. Suggestions?