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My real name is Sandra and I've been weaving for over 20 years but only started to feel confident and creative as a weaver after Jane Stafford came into my life! I have an 8 shaft Louet David loom as well as a Woolhouse 12 shaft table loom. I love dyeing, knitting and reading about textiles around the world. My Ravelry name is Fibrelady and I'm Warpnweft as moderator for the JST Ravelry Group. I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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 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.