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Hi, any chance of you reposting these plans somewhere? That geocities link is broken - I'd be very grateful, there doesn't seem to be anwhere in the UK to buy a decent large warping mill, and I'm finding the Ashford one way to fiddly for long warps because of its small size.
My loom doesn't take too kindly to being run on only 4 of its shafts, that's why I've set up the twill for 8 shafts.
Thanks, Karren, I've been wondering how the sari sillk might drape, this is why I'd opted for a more open weave (and the alpaca is finer) but your suggestion is an interesting one, I'll play with it.
Thanks - the scarves are for a couple of people who like complex patterns (well, and so do I, so I'm keeping one!), hence the twill, it's meant to be psychedelic, along these kind of lines:
(sorry, I can't figure out how to embed images)
Well forgive me, I don't see anything wrong with wondering out loud why a lot of people do something a particular way. I don't think that makes me "anal"!
This is the first 4 shaft loom I've owned, the others have all been 8 shaft countermarch, and it was a different setup to deal with. As it happens, this one arrived with the plain-weaves both on the right, and I was asking because when using my 8 shaft looms, I'd always found it more efficient to be using both feet more of the time (and less strain on the hips too) so I had my plain-weaves on either side, and my twills (I'm a big twill fan) in the middle.
I like the point that when weaving where you alternate between both, a different tie-up is more efficient - I'm just getting the loom set up so I can get on with some twill right now, so I'll stick with what I'm used to, which is:
1-3, 1-2 2-3 3-4 4-1, 2-4
The Glimåkra 8 shaft looms more usually only have 8 treadles, even though the lamms are drilled for 10 sets of cords (which is confusing).
Thanks Mike - I've been thinking about the Guild Diploma course (since I didn't get on the Handweavers one). I think I'll arrive in Devon and get set up first, but I'm going to read up about the course, and good teachers nearby are useful to know about.
I'm looking forward to meeting all the local weavers once I hit Devon - I have a lot to learn!
Indeed - I love age-darkened softwood, and the dark green aprons are a treat too - I'm going to have to source some more for the upper back beam.
Pet rocks have their place in the workshop :)
MaryMartha, every time I stumble upon the [url=http://www.homesteadweaver.com/usedequipment.htm]Homestead Weaver[/url] website (a very similar service for the US/Canada), I get similarly jealous! Now, if only it wouldn't cost the price of a Cranbrook loom to ship a Cranbrook loom to the UK... meanwhile, I keep checking the Loom Exchange website (I sold all 3 of my looms through it). There's a Glimåkra 8-shaft loom on there right now, but it's a long way from me (by British standards, anyway). Thanks for the Bonnie link.
Tommye, thanks for the tapestry info, I'll follow that up soon.