FYI: Used Looms for Sale at WSU Surplus Store, Pullman, WA.

The Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles at Washington State University is selling nine Gilmore looms previously used in teaching studios.

* Five 32 inch weaving width, 4 shaft, bench included.  (One has a sectional warp beam.)    $700.00

* Two 32 inch weaving width, 4 shaft, X frame folding loom, no bench included.   $600.00

* One 40 inch weaving width, 4 shaft, no bench included.   $800.00

* One 40 inch weaving width, 8 shaft, 12 treadles, bench included.   $1,000.00

* One Leclerk bench.   $200.00

Front or back beam straps need to be replaced on most looms.  Some looms are missing tie bars.  Replacement parts are available through Gilmore Loom Company.

Actual loom dimensions available on Gilmore website

The looms are being sold through WSU Surplus Stores.  They have public sales Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  If you are unable to attend a sale, you can call after noon on Fridays to discuss purchasing without attending the sale.


WSU Surplus Stores

250 Dairy Road

Pullman, WA  99164-1101


Profits generated from sale will support academic opportunities for AMDT students.




Jane Lawford

Principal Assistant

Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles

Washington State University

PO Box 642020

Pullman, WA  99164-2020


Fax 509-335-7299

OWG Hosted the 2013 COE in Spinning

The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) offers certification in fiber arts: Weaving, Spinning, Dyeing, and Basketry.  Application who pass the rigorous requirements receive a Certificate of Excellence (COE) in their chosen field.  There are two levels of certification: the first requires proficiency in the basic arts, and the second, Master of Specialized Study, requires a focused, specialized study. An overview of the program can be found at

Olympia Weavers Guild was privileged to host the 2013 COE in Spinning.  This year, applicants included one in Level 1 and two in Level 2.  The program involves a registrar, who assembles the submitted work for review by two examiners.  The process is overseen by two representatives from HGA.  The OWG chairperson was Lana Schneider, who generously offered her own studio as the site for the examination, which took three days: one to assemble the team and the work, and two intense days of judging and documenting the process.  Several members served as scribes, assisting the examiners in documenting the findings, and other members provided food for the committee and lodging for the HGA representatives and examiners.


Examiner Jane Fournier and Scribe Terri Standley


Examiner Judith MacKenzie and Scribe Kathy


2013 COE in Handspinning Committee – Examiners Judith MacKenzie and Jane Fournier, Registrar Kate Jantz-Koprivnik and Chair Lana Schneider


Examiners Jane Fournier and Judith MacKenzie


Photos by Sandra Swarbrick, HGA.

Mary Ann Sanborn, the other HGA representative, gave a very interesting presentation at the October Guild Meeting on Shaker textiles.

Both of the Level II submissions were accepted, and the applicants were announced on the HGA website, and in an upcoming issue of Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot Magazine.