Jane loom – small clear plastic strips


What are the two little clear plastic strips mounted inside the frame of the Jane loom,  on either side of the beater near the bottom used for?

They hold the beater back so you have a bigger shed.  Push the beater back against the castle and they hold it there.

Chaining your Warp


A little video for you to watch when you need to see how Jane chains her warps, one more time!

Winding a warp holding 5 threads in your hand


Winding a warp holding 5 threads in your hand – Jane shows you how!  You will love this method once you take the time to practice using it.  Perfect method for winding Colour and Weave.

How to spread your warp in your hands and yes, Jane is holding two between her index finger and it’s neighbour.

Jane secures her yarn in her hands before she starts winding.

Reading a Weaving Draft


Not sure on how to read weaving drafts? Jane explains all the basics and clears up any confusion!

Tie-up on the Spring Loom


One thing confuses me: Why was it never suggested to do the tie-up FIRST? It would be so much easier to see and access the shafts if the warp wasn’t in the way. Is there a reason why the tie-up has to be the last step?

You can tie-up your treadles whenever you want, before you start dressing your loom or at the end. That is up to each weaver. The more you tie-up the treadles, the faster you get…which is a good thing. If I am tying up 14 treadles I don’t do it all in one sitting..that would be hard on any loom but it will always be more tedious on any counter-marche loom because you have twice the number of tie-ups to do….breaking the job into parts is a good idea. Tie-up 4 treadles, get up, have a stretch or a cuppa and then do another 4 etc. I have always looked at the tie-up this way…….it only has to be done once for a warp and maybe only once in awhile if you are on a roll with a specific weave structure. The benefits of the parallel counter-march in regards to ease of weaving on the body (which is where we spend most of the time at our instruments) far outweigh the tie-up, especially if you put on long warps. Weaving 12 shaft patterns on a Spring is a dreamy experience because the lift is so easy.

My warp is slightly off the shuttle race.


My warp is slightly off the shuttle race about 1/8” but I don’t see a way to change it. Being really watchful has helped the problem. I’ve had two skips but was able to repair them right away.

If you look at the bottom of your beater arms on the inside, there should be a long metal bracket type thingme with 2 nuts on them. If you undo those nuts you will see that your beater will move up and down. Lift your beater up as far as it will go…. Do one side at a time and tighten them up…. I betcha your shuttle race will be sitting beautifully underneath your warp supporting it. Throwing your shuttle properly = good technique and good technique = good cloth :^) Always weave mindfully, watch how you put that shuttle into the shed…. If it is dipping you will pick up warp threads.