December 5, 2018 at 10:10 am #52389
Hi I am Giny Wittenberg from the Netherlands. I learned myself how to weave about 8 years ago and still love doing it. But I thought a bit more tips and tricks from a pro would be good. So here I am. I am a Louet seller in the Netherlands and in my studio there are a Jane, a David and an Octado. I used to work on a big 1.60 wide Glimakra loom, Loved it but it became to heavy to work with for me. So I will stay with my Louet looms now.
Married, 4 kids one still at home but almost off to Norway for a half year study, I live on a dairy farm with cows, 3 dogs and a cat.December 2, 2018 at 11:38 am #52066
Have you tried a higher bench? It must be so uncomfortable to be hitting the breast beam with your elbows! Love your profile name ‘shuttlekittens’, must be a story behind that 😉November 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm #51817
Just signed up for this guild and very excited! 🙂 I’m Nancy from Sunny Central Florida – and for some reason, looms seem to follow me home like little stray kittens. “I don’t know Dear, how that loom popped up in the studio…I must have left the back door open again.” My husband and I have an agreement – he doesn’t ask about my looms, I don’t ask about his classic cars. Lol!
I’m not getting any younger, and hope in the not too distant future to try a countermarche loom. I’m only 5′, and have found to get to the proper height for my elbows to clear the breast beam while weaving, it can be somewhat challenging to be comfortable with the treadles. I have a Gilmore jack loom that I love, and I tie the treadles up fairly high so I don’t have to press them so far down. I would like to try a countermarche, tough, as I have a knee/hip that aggravate me. Any suggestions?November 25, 2018 at 10:14 pm #51457
I live near Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia i.e. Hunter ValleyNovember 15, 2018 at 10:16 pm #50725
Hi. I’m John from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. I first started weaving about 2 years ago when I retired (or re-retired). My wife would drag me around to all the knitting shops feeding her stash. A couple of them also carried weaving supplies and that interested me. Actually, I had been since I was a kid. There was always this question about “How does cloth go together?”. Well, I’m 67 now. My first loom was an Ashford 32” rigid heddle followed by an Ashford Inkle loom. I still have these, but they now have a big brother.
About a year and a half ago, I found an elderly but solid counterbalance loom. This is a model known as a Millville loom. That is a small town in New Brunswick, Canada where they were built, starting in the 1920s. They were built mainly of birds-eye maple and had an overhead beater. And… it has a built in lamp in the top of the castle. My nearest guess is, going by the serial number, around 1940 for mine. Apart from refurbishing the main cords, the only change I made was a recent upgrade to Texsolv heddles from the original flat type. It is really solid to weave on, just weighs a ton.
I love working with just about any fibre but for now, tencel is giving me a bit of a hard time.
And that stash my wife has… I think mine might be bigger. It’s an addiction.November 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm #50702
Hi: My name is Joan and I live in rural Telkwa, which is in Northwest British Columbia. I have been weaving on a rigid heddle loom for a couple of years and just recently purchased a (new-to-me) Leclerc 4 shaft Fanny loom. I feel like I am a total beginner and so am really looking forward to learning from Jane’s online episodes. There used to be a Guild in this Valley (Bulkley Valley) but it folded a few years ago and the closest (wonderful one) is 4 1/2 hours away – not a good drive in the winter. So I’ll be learning on my own and really hoping online learning will work for me. Oh yes, I’m 66 yrs. old and up until using the rigid heddle loom I hadn’t done a single craft in my life, no sewing, no knitting…..so this is all new and exciting to me!November 12, 2018 at 3:18 pm #50546
Hello, I‘m Margreth from Austria, I have joined this guild now – November 2018. I have been weaving for about ten years now. I started with a rigid heddle loom and in the meantime I have two big looms, one Öxabäck (8 shafts, 8 treadles) and a Louët Delta (12 shafts, 14 treadles). I love all the episodes, have learned a lot and am looking forward to try out as much as possible on my looms.November 7, 2018 at 6:21 pm #50364
Hi, I am Sue and from Cincinnati, OH. I just have one loom – a Norwood that was given to me. I started weaving about 40 years ago, then had a pause until 6 years ago. I am enjoying taking it up again. I love the videos and even though I have taken a few classes, I am learning new ways to do things. I just joined (October, 2018) and decided to just start at the first class and work my way forward. Like most of you I also knit and spin.October 16, 2018 at 7:10 pm #49421
Hi there! I’m Ellen, in Kansas City MO. I’ve played around with weaving for about 10 years, off and on. Learning a TON of great technique here. I have 2 looms right now: a Leclerc Dorothy with treadle/stand and a Leclerc Nilus, 45″ wide. Both are 4 harness and vintage. I’ve had other looms in the past including a 16h Weavebird, 4h Schacht table loom, and an 8h Mountain Loom (table) loom. I’ve been involved in pretty much *all* aspects of fiber arts for more than half a century (yikes, I am old, lol. 62 to be exact). Fiber farming, spinning, dyeing, knitting, knitwear design, felting, sewing quilting and (former) yarn shop owner. Okay, not sprang or bobbin lace 🙂
October 14, 2018 at 8:47 am #49290
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Shalom, My name is Gyla and I live in Israel. I have been weaving on a Spring for 8 years. I have also had many other looms in my weaving life and none wove as easily and smoothly as my Spring. There are many features to admire on the Spring. I too find it difficult to sit on the floor ( I am 65 and have arthritis) so I have invested in 4 additional treadles (8 shafts, 14 treadles). I am hoping this will extend my weaving on the Spring a bit longer. We all have our favorite tie ups and I am hoping to be able to permanently tie up several treadles and have a few free to tie up as needed. This could be a solution for the Spring. The second suggestion I have is: When I need to tie up 8 treadles, my friend and I put the entire loom on 2 milk crates. The loom is not heavy and this enables me to sit on a stool when I tie up the treadles. My third suggestion is to think about buying an Octago Louet. It is more expensive, and I would miss the treadling, but I am only getting older and I need to be realistic as to my needs. I need to weave. If I have to give up the enjoyment of treadling, at least I will be able to sit at the loom and continue to produce beautiful material. Good luck to you all.October 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm #49064
Hi All…I’m enjoying your weaving comments….I, too, have ended up with two houses and too many looms (2 Glimakras, Wolf Pup, Schact, 2 table looms and inkle loom(s), tablet weaving, etc etc. (And I’m not even going to mention spinning wheels and yarn/fiber stashes). Good thing I’ve retired–and that I didn’t know how much I’d love weaving/spinning/quilting–or I never would have finished medical school and put up with all that nonsense for so long! I share all the concerns about tying up the Countermarch looms–but hope the ease of treadling will compensate for aging body issues! And the gliding foot accessories cushion some of the impact from beating to protect shoulders. I kind of like the idea of pulleys from the ceiling to suspend the big looms or, at least raise them, for ease of changing tie-ups–will have to work on that idea(LOL)! Getting up from the bench to advance the warp keeps me limber….and ensures regular breaks to move around…although the retrievers also contribute to keeping me moving!September 21, 2018 at 6:27 am #48453
I also have lower back and hip (and knee) problems, and love my Louet David. It is easy to warp and treadle and the tieup is quick and easy.
I think with your hip issues it would be best to try before you buy if possible since it needs to work for your body…
September 21, 2018 at 5:59 am #48452
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LOL “Taxing” and a “circus” are not reassuring words folks! I wanted y’all to tell me it takes like 5-10 minutes. Bada bing, bada boom, done. And maybe that the floor magically cradles your body in a soft cloud while working…That would be nice too. 🙂
This is definitely going to require a try before I buy…or a large enough lottery win that $5000 is chump change. The latter seems as likely as floor clouds so I’ll start looking around for a local Spring to try. Worse case, I wait until the 2020 Convergence which is fairly close to me and then hope one is there. Am I correct in my understanding that Louet usually displays looms at these events?
Alison, the Glimakra loom is very beautiful and I imagine a dream for rug weaving. I certainly can understand why you’d be sad to see it go. Aging bodies suck. Future people will probably just swap out android bodies and weave on anything they want. We need a time machine!
Ed, I like your hydraulic jack idea. I have an engineering dream of 2 twin beds on a remote operated track that will allow me to push a button and slide my half of the bed across the room when my husband starts snoring. I’m okay with jacking him up to the ceiling though. 😀September 21, 2018 at 3:36 am #48451
Hello! Four year weaver here and proud owner of a Jane-sourced Louet Spring loom. It’s my first floor loom and it has been great to work on. I would love it if Louet’s engineers could make a base attachment that raised the entire loom off the floor a couple of feet or so to aide in threading…. Maybe a hydraulic jack system? Kidding…. but not really. I am 6 for tall and getting under it to tie up is kind like a circus act for this 55 year old. I remember reading somewhere that a Louet owner has her husband put the whole thing on a table for her. Wow!September 20, 2018 at 8:08 pm #48444
I used to have the Glimakra Standard four shaft and wove on that for about four years and did make some beautiful pieces. I was sad to see it go to a new owner. I did consider keeping it just to weave rugs on (with that lovely overhead beater). However, I sold it and bought the Louet Spring for the same reason as you; I was getting too sore getting under and tying up all those treadles. The Spring is easier by far, but still taxing even with the Texsolv. The Spring is a wonderful loom to use and the raddle makes it a dream to beam. I certainly don’t regret my purchase and my weaving has improved immensely. It’s great for us ‘shorties’. If your tall then have a look at the Louet Delta. Not having to get out of the seat to wind on all the time is another plus with the Spring (and other looms also do that). I’m sure you’ll find the right one for you. Just make sure to try as many as you can.
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