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I’m sorry if this is a daft question, but after weaving the sampler, are we to just make up our scarf pattern using the sample type treadling of our choice? It would be asymmetric of course, or is it suggested that we make a new or modified tie up and then design the scarf on that? Sorry if I have missed some basic instruction here. I am loving this lace weaving though.
Thank you all for your advice, and it is great to get support from someone with the same issues. I put Texsolv on two treadles today and will do the same on the others, as it makes it easier to shorten them and get them even and the same on each shaft, especially after a re-tie. This is when I noticed how much the shafts varied, after doing an overshot course, but sometimes not seeing the skipped threads until taking the piece off the loom and turning over, and being disappointed to see skips that were not visible from the top side.
It was not until trying out my (new to me) Louet Spring that I found it was not me, or my technique, that was making weaving so much hard work and so unpredictable. So I have now resolved to sort out my Artisat as far as I can. I have put cardboard risers under the reed and this has helped to move the lower shed threads down onto the beater, so this will help with skipped threads. I have no other way of lowering the threads. I hope that raising the treadles will also help to lift the shafts as far as they will go. It does take quite a stomp, doesn’t it?
Good luck with yours. I will give mine a good going over tomorrow and hope to improve it enough to make weaving on it a pleasure and not a sadness.
You will love it and find it so accommodating to the human operating it! I think the joy came from Jane’s video to me too, and led me to research what other people thought of them, and I asked my on line ‘guild’ members, some of whom owned one. The verdict seems quite unanimous, the Spring is a brilliantly designed loom. I love the ease of getting the tension exactly right, and consistent. Enjoy!
I have exactly the same issue on my 1979 Artisat. The warp from beam to beam runs through the middle of the heddles but just high enough from the beater bar that I get skipped threads no matter how carefully I throw a shuttle. Keeping very tight tension obviously helps. The heddle bars cannot be lowered and tightening the cords to the treadles only raises the top threads of the shed, and does not have an opposite action to lower the bottom threads, as on a countermarch. I would love to know if anyone can devise some way to improve/lower the shed. The only thing I thought might be worth trying on mine (and it is a one way trip) is the remove the breast/warp beam and take a small amount of wood off the uprights, then replace the breast beam and pack with spacers to get the best adjustment. If there is anyone with a better plan please suggest it.February 3, 2021 at 2:05 am in reply to: Thoughts on 2.1 – Dressing Your Loom Back to Front – Warping a Loom 1, cotton boucle warp #195275
I would like you to explain a little bit more on the importance of keeping a thread group/family together in the raddle? What if they are a group of thicker threads and need more space, is there an exception to this rule?