Thoughts on 3.4 – Good Weaving Technique – You Can Weave in 10 Minutes

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    • #157489
      Ginette
      Keymaster

        Let us know your thoughts on 3.4 – Good Weaving Technique – You Can Weave in 10 Minutes.

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      • #157490
        nthomas1119
        Participant

          Thank you for introducing weaving loom , I have learned a lot from JST on line and with my friends helped. now I am on my second project but, I am still have go back and looks from the start ” vidio”, I just wonder do you have a limit time to login to watch it over and over ( I am very slow leaner )
          Thank you
          Nangnoi Thomas

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          • #157491
            Jane
            Keymaster

              Hi Nangnoi,
              You can watch those videos as many times as you want. No limit while you have a subscription. And there are many more videos to come.
              Cheers,
              Jane

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          • #157492
            karthur114
            Participant

              Okay, I’m going to revise my shuttle throwing and beating after that one! Thanks

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            • #157493
              Sarah74
              Participant

                Hi! I am a very new weaver so this may be a silly question… I understand beating on an open shed, but is there a particular reason for changing the shed before putting the beater back? I have a table loom and in order to change the shed I’m going to have to let go of either the shuttle or the beater. Thanks!

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                • #157494
                  Jane
                  Keymaster

                    Hi Sarah,
                    Not a silly question. Sometimes when you change the shed, warp threads can stick so if you bring your beater back after you have changed your shed it will clear possible stickiness.
                    It is really easy to do this on the floor loom, not as easy on a table loom.
                    Hope this helps,
                    Jane

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                  • #157495
                    Sandra
                    Keymaster

                      I have a table loom that I weave on as well as a floor loom. Changing the shed with the beater forward places your weft nicely and holds it while you change sheds. As for putting the shuttle down, I’ve become somewhat ambidextrous over the years I’ve had my table loom. I’ve taught myself to change my sheds and put the beater back with either hand, holding the shuttle while I make the change. Give it a go and see if you can talk your nondominant hand to listen to you! Also, I have my loom on a stand and putting the shuttle down is a relatively quick thing to do. I’m not a production weaver 😉

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                  • #157496
                    Ginny
                    Participant

                      I picked up many useful tips in this video, particularly the shuttle throwing technique. I am have trouble quantifying the number of threads and pathway for “tucking the tail”. I found that section of the video too fast for me to catch on. Is there a way to describe it using the same format as the hem stitching pdf, which is a phenomenal handout?

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                    • #157497
                      Melinda Calhoun
                      Participant

                        If I had had this kind of instruction when I tried weaving some 10 years ago I would have been more successful and would be miles ahead by now. Ready to pull the 10 year old warps off the loom and start again – now with some real understanding of the process. Looking forward to getting started again.

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                      • #157498
                        Kay Milbrandt
                        Participant

                          Me too, except it’s been 20 years since I touched my loom, except for dusting! Hope I can get to the place where it does more than catch dust .

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                        • #158602
                          Rosanna Lovecchio
                          Participant

                            I have some habits to break…LOL.

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                          • #159899
                            Rosie Rakocy
                            Participant

                              This was most excellent. I need to work on my technique. Wish I had this video when I first began. I think she is an excellent teacher and I am going to re-learn how to weave and throw my shuttles. Thanks so much.

                               

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                            • #161030
                              Gretchen Green
                              Participant

                                This shuttle throwing is my priority when I sit down to weave next. I saw about four things to unteach myself! Hope I am a faster relearner. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and are so willing to share your expertise with us.

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                              • #164045
                                Kathleen Birch
                                Participant

                                  I am so excited to get started! Since I’ve only woven rag rugs, I have ski shuttles and the bigger shuttles to hold the rag lengths. I am planning on buying Schacht open-back/bottom boat shuttles. What length would you recommend I start out with? I know I will expand my shuttle collection over time but would appreciate advice for the first few…and would I start with ordering maybe, three? Thanks!

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                                  • #164057
                                    Sandra
                                    Keymaster

                                      Welcome, Kathleen!  Personally, I use the 11″ Schacht shuttles – they fit nicely in my hand.  I have the regular height ones to use on my Louet David.  However, my Woolhouse table loom’s shed is not quite as high, so I have the 11″ slims that I use on it.  I keep 2 with each loom, but the slim ones are happy to take a vacation with the David if I need more shuttles 😉

                                      Schacht 11″ Open Bottom Shuttle

                                       

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                                  • #169805
                                    Emma Hamilton
                                    Participant

                                      Would you use the same beating routing for any type of weaving, even weft-faced rugs?  I’m a bit confused because I was doing your way for my rug and people are saying you should change to the next shed before beating?

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                                      • #169812
                                        Sandra
                                        Keymaster

                                          I would beat the way Jane has advised because it gives us so much more control over the placement of our weft!

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                                      • #170832
                                        Kathleen Birch
                                        Participant

                                          One quick question–I’ve dressed my loom, tied it on and am ready to start weaving some towels. I followed the planning lessons so that’s all in order. I am using 8/4 cotton only because it’s what I have on hand (I have woven rag rugs for years and that’s all I’ve every used for the warp). I have purchased boat shuttles and have ski shuttles on hand (in addition to the big shuttles for rags…). I can’t wait to use my new bobbin winder and boat shuttles but worry that the 8/4 cotton is too thick to use a boat shuttle. I know nothing about boat shuttles so am just guessing at this point. Is a boat shuttle ok or will I have so little on it that I will have so many tails as I’m weaving? My alternative is a ski shuttle? I do have a couple of the flat shuttles that come with rigid heddle looms. What would be the recommendation. Can’t wait to finish these towels and then I’ll order some other cottons to weave more towels. Thanks.

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                                          • #170845
                                            Ginette
                                            Keymaster

                                              Hi Kathleen,

                                              I would try the boat shuttle and practice like Jane shows, you’ll probably end up really liking using it as it’s much faster when you get into a good rhythm. The 8/4 cotton does well on a bobbin, you do end up changing bobbins more often than 8/2 cotton but you’ll be weaving faster than with a stick shuttle for sure. As for tails, in an upcoming episode, there’s ‘splicing’ your threads at the selvedge when you change bobbins which really helps to not see the bulkiness of the doubling your ends. Jane did a little video as well just on that, you’ll find it right here towards the bottom of the thread:

                                              ‘It’s the Little Things’ Videos ~ weaving tips & tricks

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                                          • #185986
                                            Danielle Perreault
                                            Participant

                                              I learn with each video. Thanks

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                                            • #187429
                                              Teresa
                                              Participant

                                                So…… I’m back here in season 1…. life has gotten in my way… both good and bad!, but finally getting back to this problem that has plagued me.

                                                this is the first warp I have done with cotton and I really worked on my technique with out improving this concern. My selvages are better and my weaving is smoother but every so often I skip warp threads.. irregular threads and irregular times, but mostly in the middle third of my warp.

                                                It happens in the weaving sweet spot, just after I advance or later, on either shed…. and didn’t happen in the past when I used an acrylic/ cotton warp with more stretch……..Arrrrrgh.*#!,

                                                my diagnosis of the problem is that I probably lashed on the mid third of the warp tighter than the ends, but I have no way to prove it, any other ideas I should attend to in the next project? Or some way to correct next time so it doesn’t happen for the full warp?

                                                BTW… weaving on an old Fanny counterbalance and have reviewed my loom set up. Planning to get some new treadle cords. It otherwise looks well balanced and level after reviewing Jane’s video on her Fanny.

                                                DC54BB9C-A7A9-41C4-8708-A31B81C55501615175D8-3017-43C9-A83D-FCDB510379F8Gonna try some towels in cotton boucle

                                                 

                                                many thanks Terry

                                                 

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                                                • #187510
                                                  Sandra
                                                  Keymaster

                                                    Did you walk your hand across your warp when you were tying on, Terry?  It might be a good idea to review Dressing your Loom which includes tying on.  Don’t think you can blame it on your first time weaving cotton 😉

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                                                • #187564
                                                  Teresa
                                                  Participant

                                                    For sure I did do that tho’ probably not “expertly”…. will review the video again but also looking to think outside my current thinking to be aware of any other potential pitfalls

                                                     

                                                    thanks again

                                                    terry

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                                                  • #188081
                                                    Melissa Corfield
                                                    Participant

                                                      Hi There,

                                                      Brand new weaver here. I just finished my second project – my second stab at tea towels. The first project was really set up by a mentor. The second project I did most of the set up myself with her correcting my mistakes until it wound on. Then I threaded the heddles and sleyed it. I did that really carefully and made sure there were no twisted yarns etc.

                                                      So my question is this:

                                                      1) I found it hard to pass the shuttle through the way that Jane does in this video. It just fell through the shed on the bottom except for a very small sweet spot. After I advanced the weaving, I would have to carefully guide the shuttle without letting go until I got back to that sweet spot. Is this normal?

                                                      2) Even though the shed seemed to move freely, when I took the weaving off when I was done, there were several missed threads on the bottom of the fabric. What am I doing wrong? 2 PXL_20201212_045612698.MP

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                                                    • #188102
                                                      Teresa
                                                      Participant

                                                        I’ve been trying to research this… all I see posted is that there are many reasons..so I’m trying to develop a bit of a list by working thru the whole sequence that explains my irregular recurring problem

                                                        so far.

                                                        1) glitch in the warping or beaming….possible

                                                        2) threading and sleying errors… should be regular

                                                        3) tying on.. possible

                                                        4) treadle cords different lengths giving me a “ split shed”… one harness not sinking enough

                                                        5) beater not centred properly for my loom.. possible since I readjusted my harnesses

                                                         

                                                        still open to other possibilities if anyone can add to my list

                                                         

                                                        thanks

                                                        Terry

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                                                      • #188114
                                                        Sandra
                                                        Keymaster

                                                          Hi Terry, I’m happy to see that you are working through possible solutions to your skips in your fabric.  It does happen to all of us, but understanding why it’s happening is the best way to become a better weaver.  As you can see from Melissa’s comment above yours, as she tries to figure it out as well!  I would add that there could be possible differences in tension in your warp which could move forward as you weave.  The technique when throwing your shuttle is also key, and that comes with practice.  I look forward to following your journey of discovery 🙂

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                                                        • #188953
                                                          Heddi Craft
                                                          Participant

                                                            How (if at all) does the shuttle throwing technique change if your loom doesn’t have a shuttle race like my Ashford Table Loom?

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                                                            • #188992
                                                              Sandra
                                                              Keymaster

                                                                It doesn’t Heidi – you throw and beat your shuttle the same way.

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                                                            • #189684
                                                              Meredith St. John
                                                              Participant

                                                                wow thanks so much – what a pleasure to watch Jane weaving with solid technique!

                                                                This demo is super helpful!

                                                                Plus it looks like it’s going to be fun working with bouchée

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