After purchasing a Macomber AddAHarness loom

After purchasing a Macomber AddAHarness loom that came with 4 harnesses and 258 heddles., Ie ordered another 200 heddles but have discovered 458 will still not be enough. How many heddles do others keep handy? 

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Posted on Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:11

You don't mention what the weaving width of your Mac is, but a decent "rule of thumb" is 

finest epi you like to weave x inches of weaving width ÷ number of shafts/harnesses = number of heddles/shaft

For example, if your finest epi is 30, and you don't weave things wider than 32 inches, 30 x 32 = 960. Divide that between 4 shafts, and you get about 250 heddles per shaft. OTOH, if your Mac is a 24-inch Baby Mac, and you don't weave anything finer than about 24 epi, you need a lot fewer heddles (24 x 24 = 576 ÷ 4 = 144/shaft).

Posted on Fri, 02/08/2019 - 18:41

If you do a lot of tied structures, you may have half of your ends on the tie shafts.  Being fond of lace, I keep a lot of heddles on one and two.  Weaving software can tell you how many heddles/shaft your pattern takes.