I've just recently acquired an old (1934) counterbalance floor loom. It's homemade, 4 shaft and I would like to tie it up for a plain weave. I would sure appreciate any instructions or helpful hints anyone might have. The weaving width is only about 14".
Your question is very broad. Do you have two treadles? four treadles? Does your loom have lamms?
Tieing up for plain weave just means that you tie the treadles that will give you alternate threads up and down. This will depend on your weave structure. If the warp is threaded in a straight twill draw, you just tie one treadle to shafts 1 and 3, the other to shafts 2 and 4.
Your pulley description sounds like a counterbalance tie-up, but your comment about the hand levers is confusing. Are these levers on the top of the loom or are they actually treadles for your feet to use? Yes, photos would be helpful.
Here is a photo of the loom (I hope) Not having much luck uploading.
This is not a standard counter balanced loom. I hope you can find someone who can help you with it.
some major changes have been made to the loom. Maybe it was a very small loom originally, but the original frame is extremely short. And all those extra pulleys on the board do not make any sense.
Yes, counterbalance looms are made today, but they are not like yours. You can read about them here:
Hello! I am very pleased you posted pics of your loom. I picked up an old counterbalance loom last month. The guy said it was from the 1930s. I looked at many counterbalances and none had the two pulley system mine has until I saw you loom pics. Yea!
My loom is a 4H, 4T counterbalance floor loom with the two pulley system like yours. Do you have two treadles?
I am waiting for new texsolv cords to arrive while I finish up cleaning my loom. She was VERY DIRTY AND RUSTY! So now I am thinking about how to tie up the lamms to the treadles. Any ideas?