After years of planning we finally have a permanent location for our 45″ LeClerc Mira loom. Whereas it had been off to the side before, now it sits prominently in our home with more than enough working space around it. We have been working toward this day for years. Now to rig it up and wind a warp. Wow, are we happy!!! What a beautiful loom…
Our Mira floor loom did not come with a warp beam handle. The past couple of days I have been sorting through the clutter that needs to be removed in our back shed in order to allow me to build a workshop for our Draper power loom. I do not even recall having put this handle there, but it is a real find since it fits our Mira!
When I get time I will put it on my polishing wheel to see how much of the chrome is left under the rust. If it is too badly pitted I will paint it with aluminum paint to match the rest of the hardware on the loom.
It’s a reed for big braids. 45″. I needed to order both a reed and yarn for this next project. The Leclerc reed came first. The yarn? Perhaps next month. Leclerc are people with whom it is so easy to deal. Send an email of what you want and where it is being sent. They send you and invoice with a PayPal link. You pay. They send. And the items are always very well packaged. Usual shipping time is within a day. While I wait to order my heavy cotton I’ll load up my warp board… tomorrow… and start something new… not sure what… I’ll decide tomorrow after I get up…
If you have any Caucasian genetics then those ancestors came from some other place; some came earlier than others. In the early 1900’s the Canadian government was eager to have the prairie opened to agriculture. They appealed to American farmers to do this. Ten’s of thousands found a new home as Canadians.
Today I found the original documents to this loom, complete with a mailing address. And by spending a few minutes on the internet I was able to find out that this loom was a part of the story of that migration in the early 1900’s. By simply typing names, towns, and dates into Google search I was able to find this: Of the original owners of the loom, he was born in southeast Minnesota in 1901; she was born in south central Minnesota in 1904. These two were married in Canada in 1928, at what would be home to them and their three children. I’d assume that they had come to this region of Saskatchewan with their respective families as dependents, since her maiden name is well represented in that region. They had three children born in the early 1930’s. Then in 1957 they bought this loom. It would have been at the time when their children had left home. How long they had it I cannot tell. But I do know that they paid $117.75 for it brand new since it has flat heddles. How it ended up in northern Saskatchewan with its last owner unable to tell me any of its history I was not able to find out. But that the machine was well-used is certain, and then that it was stored in a place where it was exposed to higher humidity and even some water damage is evident on its metal work and a couple of its lower wooden members. I even know the name of the weaving club down there. And the last thing I know about it is that it now it resides in northern Manitoba and that I hope to get a couple of decades more of work out of it… :)
This afternoon I unwrapped the loom, took photos so that I could reassemble it, and took it apart so that I could get it through the door. Basically, it is in very good, workable shape. It’s a 45″ Nilus Leclrec Mira. You can tell that it has had some real work done on it, but it is still solid, and not been abused. I will strip its finish since it shows some wear, and put a new finish on it over the next several days. Then I will find a place for it and assemble it here.