Good day to you all,
My name is Diana , I am from Romania and I am new to weaving. Having a funny simple handloom, made by a local carpenter , with 6 independent sinking shafts(harnesses) , each one suspended with 2 sided metallic tension springs. 1500 inserterd eye heddles, very , very old. I also have 6 treadles, that are tie-up to the shafts . A very simple beater with pickers for flying shuttle and a normal back beam, no lams and no other system specific to jack looms or countermarch looms.
Even in this conditions I managed to weave in cotton 27/2 for the first time in my life (under a strict supervision of a wise teacher) a Romanian traditional skirt, like in the photo. I made several of them so far , to practice and understand the loom.
Meanwhile, I bought some books (The Joy of Hand Weaving by Gallinger and The weavers Book by Harriet Tidball) and discovered that my loom and by cloth are not as good as they should be. So here I am , asking your kind advice in transforming my actual loom into an efficient one , corresponding to the type of fabric that I want to weave. I read about jack looms and countermarche looms , but before investing in one of the systems, as spare parts which I could buy and attach to my actual loom , I am very interested in finding out your valuable opinion, as experienced weavers.
I have many projects in mind of traditional skirts, corresponding to different parts of Romania, which require a more special design , maybe involving up to 12 shatfs. Also wool may be involved. I really have no direction here as I understood that shaft looms differ from each other in the way they cause the sheds to open and that mechanical difference affects the cloth.
Await your kind advices. Thank you very much for your time.