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  • in reply to: School of Weaving-did not get a link #212990
    rooneymt
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      I got mine to work…thanks so much! 🙂 Although it wasn’t real clear what I was doing. I entered my email address and then I clicked on subscribe and everything worked then. I hadn’t clicked on subscribe before for I thought it would make me pay of another subscription. But it was then that it recognized my email and then asked for a new password. I hope you have luck! 🙂

       

      in reply to: School of Weaving-did not get a link #212951
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        I enter my email address and a new password but it doesn’t recognize it?

        in reply to: School of Weaving-did not get a link #212869
        rooneymt
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          Good day….I’m a bit confused as well. Is this site being discontinued? I used the link above and entered my email and password and the new site doesn’t recognize it? I’ve been so busy with spring work I haven’t paid much attention to my weaving. But I’m getting caught up and will be getting back into it and would hate not to have access to the classes!

          Thanks!

          in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190151
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            Yes the hardest part of warping the loom isn’t the warping itself….it’s keeping the “kids” from wanting to help! :))) I have 3 golden retrievers….a 10 month, 2  1/2 year one and an 8 1/2 year that are always helping me! :))) My kitties like to help too but they especially like to help after I start weaving! :))

            Sooooo glad you made a raddle! I really think with the raddle on the castle and using the Ashford raddle gives us the best of both worlds 🙂 If you ever miss a heddle while threading you’ll really love that you have your warp on your rear heddle. Better to sort through 8 or so threads at a time than to have a hundred or so to straighten out! 🙂

            I would love to see photos when you get things going! Happy New Year! 🙂

            in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190098
            rooneymt
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              And one last thing…I really recommend you to watch Jane’s classes from the very beginning. The time you spend on that will be worth it. You will pick up so many little things that make the process so much easier! And she does have excellent video’s on how warp your loom. She includes real nice tips on how to tie up the cross sticks to the loom so they set nice and firm while winding the warp. And she gives tips on how to adjust the raddle for threading the heddles.

              And her recommendation of starting with small warps is worth listening to as well. For when you first start off, you want to do warp your loom frequently. For when I first started warping my loom, I would have to review several of her steps over an over, with each time understanding her technique even more. Finally after several warps, it all makes sense. It’s just a natural progression from winding you warping board to moving it to the loom and winding the warp to the rear beam to threading the heddles, slaying the reed and tying the apron!

              As I’ve mentioned before, there are many, many ways to do all these things. And even as Jane mentions in her videos, you want to do what’s comfortable for you. But what I’ve found is her way has always been the most comfortable for me :))) I found since I paid for the class, just to take my time and start from episode one and proceed. You will for sure find Season 1, Episodes 1-3 very helpful for getting your warp all ready to weave! ‘

              The remainder of the lessons in Season 1 will be super helpful as you gain more experience and experiment with your own projects. Things like understanding sett, division of space is all fundamental to weaving. I actually took several months and followed season 1 and 2 completely. It feel it really gave me a solid foundation to start from.

              Good luck and have fun…for that’s what its about!!! 🙂

              in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190092
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                5-ready-for-threadingHere’s the view from the rear after the rear beam has been warped. Now I’m ready to start threading the heddles. And you can see the advantage of using the rear raddle with the Ashford in the even I have to rethread the heddles. Starting from one end in smaller bunches is much easier for me than trying to grab them from the entire warp. But mind you, the only time I have to rethread the heddles is if I happened to miss a heddle while threading. If I get lucky the missed heddle is on the end! :))) Hope these photos help!

                in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190091
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                  4-End-WindingNow I’ve wound my warp onto the rear beam! You can see how straight everything is from the raddle on the castle to the rear beam. My next step is to remove the weights, pull really tight, wind a few turns and repeat till the end of the warp approaches the castle. And then I’m done!

                  in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190090
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                    3-Beginning-windingNow I’m ready to start winding my warp! Jane uses some heavy books to keep tension on the warp as she winds. I happened to have a couple cans of stain close by that I used. But her method works soooo well for winding a tight warp if you have to do it by yourself

                    in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190089
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                      2-Ready-to-wind-rear-beam In this photo I have the loom all ready to start winding the warp onto the rear beam! Having the warp going through the raddle on the castle makes it go through the cross sticks wraps the rear beam much straighter. Again if you don’t have the raddle on the castle you just continue with the cross sticks up front.

                      in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190087
                      rooneymt
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                        Raddle-on-CastleHope these photos help you in how I adapted my Ashford so I could warp my loom in the way Jane does. In this photo you can see how I use those clamps that Jane uses to clamp my raddle I built to the castle. I used an empty paper towel cardboard so I can set my warp on the raddle without it getting tangled in the nails. You can see how I have the cross sticks “behind” the raddle which I have found soooo much easier to get a perfect warp on the rear beam! You can also see I’m using the raddle that came with the Ashford behind the cross sticks. You don’t need to do this. I only do it because if for some reason I mess up when threading my heddles and have to start up it makes it much easier to rethread it from small groups than an entire warp.

                        Also, if you do warp your Ashford without the raddle on the castle, you can still follow Jane’s method. But it that case you will have the cross sticks in front of the raddle. It works well but for me not nearly as easy or perfect as Jane’s method. I really think it’s worth while to purchase or build a raddle you can clamp on the castle.

                        in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #190008
                        rooneymt
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                          Hi Barbara….I just posted 5 photos of how I setup my Ashford following Jane’s method. I don’t see them posted. Maybe it takes a bit of time before they post. If they don’t post I’ll try posting each photo as a separate post for you.  A photo is worth a thousand words! 🙂

                          in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #189501
                          rooneymt
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                            Hi Barbara

                            I have the Ashford….I’ve warped my loom many ways…back to front and front to back. There are soooo many techniques to chose from…..but there’s a reason I signed up for this guild….for Jane has weaved commercially and knows every little trick to save you time and make things easier. Sometimes I wonder what the heck….but then I try it and wonder why I hadn’t done it that way earlier! :)))

                            Yes the rear beam on the Ashford can be turned over and used as a raddle. And it works fine but there’s a huge difference in having the raddle in front of the cross verse behind the cross. It took me awhile to before I finally put a raddle in front of the cross….and it makes it soooo much easier and neater that way.

                            I do love my Ashford for it’s a perfect size and does have some nice features. But I recommend just following Jane’s methods for now rather than spinning wheels with all the various methods out there. Once you’ve mastered her techniques, then if you wish to do something different you’ll have a reason. Otherwise it can be sooooo confusing!

                            Good luck and keep it simple! 🙂

                             

                            in reply to: Newbie with Ashford jack FL -seeks others #189383
                            rooneymt
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                              I have an Ashford Jack too and the way they have you warp is not very user friendly :)) Is this your first loom? Mine is but I’ve had it for 2 years now. I was like you searching the internet for tips and even found a class on Craftsy.

                              What I found is even though I had weaved some dish towels I started at lesson 1 with Jane’s classes. Some things I already knew but much more often than not I learned tons of new stuff and new tricks! I would recommend starting the first lesson and progress to her video’s on warping.

                              While she weaves on LeClercs which is different than ours….it is the best way in the world to warp!! The key is the LeClercs (or looms she uses) has the raddle on top of the castle so it’s front of the cross rather than behind like with our Ashford. I know it may sound hard, but it was super easy for me to make a raddle that I could clamp on top of the castle. She uses those cool clamps that works perfect and are real cheap to buy on Amazon.

                              Having the raddle in front of the cross while winding it on the warp roller gives you a perfectly straight roll..I still use the rear raddle on the Ashford since I have it but you really don’t have too.

                              Mind you can still warp your loom without clamping a raddle on the castle and then taking it off when you are done, but the main thing I would emphasize is watching her video real close. Her entire sequence of winding the warp on a warping board or floor reel, proceeding to warp the loom and then to thread the heddles and slaying the reed are worth the price of the class alone for me! 🙂

                              Oh tying the apron….geesh I did it the way the lady at Ashford did with one string and threading it…but man that turned out to be a pain. With Jane’s method you do it once and it’s over…and much easier and quicker.

                              I hope this helps….I just love my Ashford!

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              in reply to: Shrinkage due to tension? #154283
                              rooneymt
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                                Thanks soooo much for getting back to me and the advice! I have learned soooooo much since starting Jane’s Guild almost a year ago…and am excited for this season too! The one thing I thoroughly love about weaving is there’s always something to learn!

                                This was a great lesson for me and a lesson I’ll remember in the future! About the only recommendation I would possibly suggest is for the Michelle’s Zephyr Scarf kit….perhaps add a paragraph about this. One reason I enjoy buying the kits is I always learn something new and I like experimenting with new designs.

                                I’m excited to finish season 3 so hopefully I can be up to date with the classes. I think it would add a bit more fun to be doing the lessons when most people are doing them!

                                Have a great day and happy weaving!

                                Mike

                                in reply to: Shrinkage due to tension? #154243
                                rooneymt
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                                  I used the same pattern that was given in the Michelle’s Zephyr Scarf Kit I bought from Jane. In her directions she never made mention of shrinkage due to yarn under tension. But then again that used 2/18 Zephyr which would have a different yarn under tension shrinkage. I don’t recall in any video’s with Jane talking about that? It seemed she only took into account for shrinkage after washing.

                                  But now that I’ve looked at this a bit more, it seems like anytime you make something long, you will need to add the shrinkage due to yarn under tension to your calcs. Jane is so thorough I was surprised I hadn’t seen her talk about this. Or perhaps she did and I missed it????

                                  For this 4 strands of #8gauge Jaggerspun Zephyr, it appears you do need to add 8-10% tension shrinkage to you calcs.

                                  Thanks!

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