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  • in reply to: Ball winder recommendations needed #152994
    rooneymt
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      So Heidi did you buy the plastic Royal winder? I too have one and it’s worked fine for 20 years. But I would be interested in purchasing your wood winder!

       

      in reply to: Winding on #152899
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        If you watch Season 1 you will have that question plus much more answered! Specifically watch Episode 1 & 2 for Season 1. I’m assuming you are a member? You question is a little confusing. Perhaps you haven’t watched any of the video’s? Jane’s video’s pertain more info than you can get with most classes that are taught! 🙂

        There are different ways to warp on a loom. The most common method is back to front which is what Jane teaches. On winding the back beam, you wind it all the way up to the beam. For the next step will be to thread the heddles. And to do that grab your threads, release the brake on the rear beam and pull the threads out as far as  you want. After threading the heddles you do the same thing when slaying the reed.

        I cannot emphasize enough to watch her video’s in episodes 1 & 2. You can also google how to warp a loom from back to front and get an idea how it’s done. Before I found this online guild, that’s what I was doing….but trust me, you will not find anything as thorough as the video’s that Jane does. For that matter, you can’t even buy video’s that are as thorough as Jane’s. All video’s show you how to do something if everything is going perfect. But this isn’t a perfect world and Jane actually takes you through the “real” experience.

        Hope this helps…do you have a loom yet or are you just thinking of getting one? I hope you delve into this most fascinating craft!!! So easy to do…yet sooooooo much to learn!!! 🙂

        in reply to: Ball winder recommendations needed #152207
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          Hi Heidi….what’s wrong with your ball winder? I have a cheap winder I purchased about 25 years ago and have been thinking of upgrading to a Nancy’s Knit Knacks heavy-duty ball winder. I see on Amazon it costs $400 and I’ve seen other places selling what looks like the same thing for $800! So I’m interested in knowing what isn’t working properly with it? And I’m assuming there’s only one model? Thanks so much!!!

          in reply to: Warping and denting #151825
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            Is it possible you miscounted when wrapping your warping board? If you counted “1” as going up and down (or vice versa) then you would have double the ends. I know I’ve done about every possible bone head mistake possible as I’ve learned to weave! If you have double the ends you may have a a couple options. One would be to use two threads/headle and then halve the epi when slaying the reed, i.e. if you were going to have 20 epi change it to 10 epi. Or thread your heddles one thread/heddle and again halve your epi when saying the read. Good luck!!

            in reply to: Question about how to read threading profile drafts #146731
            rooneymt
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              The top is a block diagram of the pattern. Rather than listing all the picks it groups them. So you do Block B Treadling first, then Block B, so like you are seeing. The middle column are for you tabby. So you do one treadle as in Block A or B, then do a tabby of either treadle 3 or 4. You alternate your tabby with each pick. Fo example, you start with Treadle 5, then tabby 3, then treadle 2, followed by tabby 4, then treadle 5 again and alternate tabby again which would be 3. Hope this helps…and hope its right! :)))

              in reply to: Grant’s Blankie Reading the Draft #145893
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                I’m not an expert either, but normally when I see something like that they are referring to a reed chart. A reed chart converts whatever size reed you are using to the desired EPI for slaying the reed.

                in reply to: Backwards Chain??? #133436
                rooneymt
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                  Scarf-ChainThanks so much for the tip Yezemin! I took some cheap yarn and on the left I made a chain to practice with. I chained it over and over. I think I may have figured out what I was doing wrong. Before I got my new warping mill, I was using a warping board. I was using both hands to make the chain, alternating each hand for the chain to prevent a twist. I’m pretty sure in doing so, occasionally I was making a knot rather than a chain! :)) Mind you, I’ve made lots of chains and only had two that failed.

                  I watched Jane’s video over and over, and in practicing this it seems the trick is to just pick the chain up and over the warp and pull through. Since I’m using a warping mill twisting isn’t an issue so I use the same hand over and over. And now with every chain I make I do what you mentioned and I can see how the end will pull out nicely. Unraveling my practice chain over and over really helped! Hmmm……didn’t Jane mention something like that in one of her videos?!! :)))

                  The chain on the right will be my new scarf. I’m using the same pattern as in the Michelle’s Zephyr scarf but am experimenting with different colors. I really loved how the one from the kit felt so I now have some 1 lb cones of Zephyr to play with!

                  Happy weaving!!

                  in reply to: Fulling Scarf #132274
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                    Zephyr-ScarfCompleted the Zephyr scarf! I love the feel of the scarf. It’s amazing how it transformed after fulling! I am going to warp 3 more scarfs using same patter but different color Zephyr. I am also going to add a selvedge thread to compare.

                    I hemmed this scarf every 4 threads and twisted two pairs consisting of 8 threads each. I may play around and try hemming 6 threads. Does anyone have any  have any input for hemming? I kinda like “bushier” ties.

                    I’m slowly getting Christmas presents going!!

                    in reply to: Plain Weave #129783
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                      Hi Lisa….sounds like you have a 4 shaft pattern. You would put shafts 1&3 on one treadle and 2&4 on the other treadle and then as you weave, lift one treadle, throw a pick and then lift the other treadle and throw a pick. And keep going. Jane has some great beginner videos on this as well as warping your loom. I think season 1, episode 3 is where she begins to show you how to weave. Before  you warp your next project make sure to take a look at season episode 1 & 2. Good luck!!!

                      in reply to: Question about Texsolv Heddles #114632
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                        I’m interested to hear responses. I didn’t think you had to replace the Texsolv Heddles unless they happened to break? Only problems I’ve had is when I cut the ties on the Texsolv to close to the tops and the strands slipped through the top and the heddles came apart. I quickly learned to leave a long strand when cutting! :))

                        And perhaps that’s what’s happening. When they are new they are tight on the shafts. And as you use them the strands on the top/bottom slip slightly. Once it gets to a lesser tension I would suspect they wouldn’t slip anymore.

                         

                         

                        in reply to: Modifying Shafts for Ashford Jack #95206
                        rooneymt
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                          Hi Sylvia…..thanks so much for the suggestion!

                          I think I will have to give that a try. There’s two reason I hadn’t tried it yet. The first is when I release the bar from the hook, it’s a tight fit between the hook and bar. So while the heddles won’t slide freely between them, I can make it work.

                          The only thing that does concern me is my hooks go through the frame of the shaft and has these little metal caps that snap on the end of the hook. When I’ve tried lifting the rod from the hooks in the past some of those caps pop off.

                          But I don’t know what else to do other than give it a try and if the caps pop off hope it somewhat helps to keep the heddles tight.

                          On your loom do you have snaps on both the top and bottom bar? I wonder why manufacturers designed them this way? It’d be soooo much simpler if they went over the shaft.

                          Thanks again for the suggestion and hope you’re having a wonderful day!!!

                          Mike

                          in reply to: Will doubling up threads cause any problems? #91216
                          rooneymt
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                            When you say you are a new multi shaft weaver, am I correct in assuming you moved from a rigid heddle to a loom? If so, that is the way I too started. I got my loom almost a year ago after weaving on a rigid heddle. I was sooooo excited to see the power of the new loom. For me I had to start right in on a twill design. I went a few months like this. I’d read books, watched Craftsy classes (now Bluprint) and YouTube.

                            I remember when I had my first pattern where it called for doubling the slaying on the reed. With my only experience being with the rigid heddle, I just assumed you had to thread the heddles double. But the instructions showed individual threads/heddles but double threads/reed slot. I’m thinking there’s no way that would work properly! But it does…

                            I remember when I found this Guild last April. I binged through the episodes. I didn’t want to start practice with a tabby design….not when I had an 8 shaft loom with 10 treadles! :)) But in the end, that’s what I did and I’m sooooo glad I did! And I think you will be glad too if this is your first loom.

                            There’s soooo much more than the weaving itself….for you have winding the warp on a warping board. I never thought I could ever wind 5 threads at a time! And then there’s the way she warps the loom. Sooooo many small details that completely change the way you warp…ranging from things like placing a raddle on the castle with the cross sticks behind it.

                            I’m still working on season’s 2 exercises. It blows me away  how much I’m learning, not only in using the loom and proper techniques for weaving, but for expanding my understanding on how to design my own pattern, how to use colors, etc.

                            I’m super excited to get into season 3. That’s when you really get into some deep concepts of weaving. But as anxious as I am, I now know to use some patience and follow along with her teaching.

                            So if your only question is if you will have problems slaying the reed with 2 threads/slot while threading the heddles with only 1 thread/heddle, my answer is no. And if I’ve misunderstood your question and you are an experienced weaver using a loom, I super apologize…. as I readily tell people….I’m not that smart! :)) But I do hope you are having fun!!

                            in reply to: Plaid Scarf #87843
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                              Hi….I’m working on the season 2 exercises and am getting ready to start the third one. But looking through the classes for season 2 I don’t see an exercise for a scarf? Am I missing something? Which scarf are you weaving? I just don’t want to get up to a point and am not prepared to follow along. Thanks!

                              in reply to: Changing looms? #85432
                              rooneymt
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                                I’m a fairly new weaver myself, not like the experts here on this site! But couldn’t you take your RH, lift something like shaft 1&3, insert some cross sticks, then starting from the front of the RH but off the ends. Then you could place the RH in front of your Fanny and wind it on to the rear beam the way you normally would? You wouldn’t be able to have the cross sticks between the raddle and rear beam, but you would be able to have a cross to use for threading the heddles.

                                I have an Ashford Jack and that’s how I used to do it. It worked fine, but Janes method of having the cross between the raddle and rear beam is the best. At lest you’d get it on the Fanny

                                in reply to: Winding with 5 threads #84271
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                                  Happy BC Day to you!! I hope you are enjoying your holiday…but you shouldn’t be at work!! 🙂 I did find the photo and yes….a photo is worth a thousand words! Thanks so much. I’ll try to hone my search skills. It’s just difficult sometimes when I’m not certain what I’m searching for :)) At least this time I was glad my question wasn’t something I missed on Jane’s video’s!

                                  I just successfully wound my first 5 end winding! I may be a slow beginner…but I’m definitely a very advance beginner now! :)) Just a few weeks ago I was struggling with how the heck to wind with two ends and I remember telling my girlfriend there’s no way I will ever do those 4 ends! :)))

                                  I’ll have my warp wound soon and then on to warping in onto the loom. Using Jane’s technique with the raddle on top and using weights works sooooo well for warping the back beam! The next challenge for me will be threading this gamp. I think I’m prepared but that’s usually when I’m most dangerous! :))

                                  Thanks again for the help….and patience….it really is appreciated!!

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