Been awhile since I set up the Glimakra Ideal. It is a horizontal countermarche , one of the two types that are most common. The other is a vertical countermarche that I have never dealt with. I have an excellent book Tying up the Countermarche Loom by Joanne Hall. I don’t start all over with adding the shafts, tying the lams and doing the tie ups as some videos suggest. I also took a class eons ago, the instructor was Madelyn van der Hoogt. She had additional ways to tie up the loom and the part that helped my loom get the best shed. Put the warp on back beam of the loom, put the shaft holders on, put the locking pins in, thread, tied on, then do your tie up. Sitting on the floor, should keep me agile. Then the treadles are set up so that the ones on the right are 9 inches from the floor and the ones on the left are 7 inches. On the left the lams are on rods and this is the side that is at 7 inches.
The difference from other looms is that you are tying up both to raise and to lower the shafts. Jack looms like the Norwood and Gilmore are rising sheds and only the O’s in the picture below are fastened to the treadles. On Counterbalance or Sinking shed looms, like Leclerc and Louet the X s are tied up. On the Countermarch looms like the Glimakra or Toika looms all the Xs and Os are tied up.
This raising and lowering at the same time makes it excellent for weaving sticky warps like mohair. My Ideal is the smallest size and they don’t make that size anymore. The Ideal can be converted to a counterbalance or Draw loom. It is also sturdy enough for rugs. We did add a weight to the beater. After working with this loom I made myself a Tie Up Card to keep it straight in my head. The other picture shows the shaft holders. I usually put one on the upper on one side and on the bottom on the other. Wish I had them for my AVL!
This is the first time I have such long wefts as the corduroy is in several yards. Will take me a long time to use it up I have two cat mats done but I am not happy with the tie up on the second to last treadle ( fourth treadle for the twill) One of the upper lams is bumping into the shaft. So after weaving for quite awhile I thought I would fix it. Lying on the floor I have so many cat helpers, not. So instead of my upper helper Cattrina in the photo below, I had Daisy rubbing against me and in my face. I would almost get it fastened and she would bump into me. Below is the Cattrina helper and pictures of the mats. You can see the shafts in the background and the nice shed big enough for a rag shuttle. Wish I had picked up another shuttle when I was at Great Northern weaving. It wasn’t the tie up it was up a higher problem going from the center whole that moves the lams, Tomorrow is another day!