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January 25, 2022 newsletter

Bouclé Tea Towel Kits Back in Stock!

We’ve replenished our shelves and our six Cotton Bouclé Tea Towel Kits are ready for your loom! Cotton Bouclé is wonderfully absorbent and at 12 EPI & PPI, is quick and fun to weave. Win/Win! The kit includes all the yarn you’ll need to weave 9 towels in Plain Weave, on a 4 shaft loom. Pattern draft & instructions included!

Louet Loom Prices

Just a reminder that the price of Louet looms will be increasing on February 1st.

We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.
The new David III, read all about the new features!

School of Weaving Renewals

Not sure when your renewal date is and don’t want to miss an episode?

Don’t worry! We’ll send you an email on your expiry day with instructions on how to renew. Just this once, since you will be renewing for the first time on our new website School of Weaving, please let your subscription expire as you cannot renew until then. Once your subscription expires you will then need to go through the 7-day free trial and enter your payment details as well as choose if you want to pay yearly or monthly. This is the only time you will have to do this on the School of Weaving site. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or call us Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm PDT at 1-250-537-9468.

Ask Jane

The difference between a Counter-Marche, a Jack and a Counter-Balance Loom

This is for anyone who doesn’t know the difference between a counter-marche loom, a jack loom and a counter-balance loom.

Jack Looms have 1 set of lamms….when you tie a lamm to a treadle…and then you step on that treadle…the shafts rise. Only one part of the warp moves.

Counter-Balance looms have 1 set of lamms…when you tie a lamm to a treadle…and then you step on that treadle…the shafts sink. (Well they don’t just sink, what you tie-up moves down and what isn’t tied-up automatically goes up because the shafts move on counter-balanced rollers). Both parts of the warp move.

Counter-Marche looms have 2 sets of lamms…one set (the upper ones) are like a Counter-Balance Loom..they sink. The other set of lamms (the lower ones) are like a Jack Loom…they rise. Both parts of the warp move.

When it comes to designing in Fiberworks you can select rising shed or sinking shed drawdowns. Click on Tie-up and see what has been selected. With a counter-marche it doesn’t matter which one you choose. What matters is how you interpret the draft when you tie-up your loom.

If you are designing using a rising shed drawdown then you take your tie-up straight from the draft and that is what you tie-up to your lower lamms (risers) and then everything else (all the white boxes) get tied to your upper lamms.

If you are using a sinking shed drawdown then you take the tie-up box from your draft and tie that up to your uppers lamms (sinkers) and then tie-up everything else (the white boxes) get tied to your lower lamms.

Now here is the really important tip to help you counter-march owners remember the difference:

When I am trying to keep it straight in my head…this helps. Lower lamms are risers because they are sitting on the floor and they have no place to go but UP Upper lamms are sinkers because they are up at the ceiling and they have no place to go but DOWN.

Are you subscribed to School of Weaving and want to learn more

on the differences between looms?

Check out Season 1 Episode 8, A Few Things About Looms. Jane reviews the Leclerc Fanny Counter-Balance loom, the Louet David sinking shed loom, the jack loom from Schacht Spindle Co – Wolf Pup, the Louet Jane table loom and Jane’s favourite loom the Louet Spring loom, a parallel Counter-March loom.

Here to help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and

on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.