I then spent quite a bit of time working on that list, from last week, purchasing things I wanted/needed.
First I sent off a list of replacement parts I needed, to Macomber and after a few episodes of email and telephone tag, they are now ordered and paid for and should be here in a week or two.
I then went looking for a raddle. Yes, I could make one or buy one from Macomber but I wanted to see what one would cost since, if it was a reasonable price; why not purchase it. I did some Googling and i found a 3D printed raddle that is in sections, so you can get as long or as short a length that you need. I bought 6 - 6" sections, 2 - 2.5" sections, and 2 ends for clamping it to the loom.
Then I found beautiful turned Warp Weights, which I knew I would need eventually. I have in the past used old film canisters but these are just to sexy to pass up.
Then I went looking for a warping board but not a warping board. I did not want a warping board that is large, bulky and has to be hung on a wall or take up too much room when not in use. Since I also have a rigid heddle loom and it came with ONE warping peg, I went looking for more that I could use with a table. Lo and behold a large peg system does exist! Again, a hand crafted, made in America, maple warping peg set. This is enough to get me started but I might need a few extra single pegs for when I do a really long warp.
Lastly I purchased insert eye heddles, which I think are better when doing rugs as the larger eyes are easier to slay and don't abrade the rug warp at all. To fund these I took ALL 2,000 flat, standard, heddles off the frames and bundled them in groups of 100; the counting and bundling took at least another 4 hours; and sold some of the on Facebook. Along the way I found 5 repair heddles, so they were set aside for if/when I need them. I sold over 600 of the flat heddle and I only purchased 100 insert eye heddles but that's enough to get me started.
Now, while I wait, I am playing with my weaving software, which I have not touched in 5 years, to plan my first project.