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Heddle Question

Ingrid Boesel <ingrid@...>
 

I use warps with 30 to 80 epi and rarely use more than 20 inches of weaving width.
So I bought heddles 2400 heddles and colour coded them before I put them on the loom. I distributed them in the following way.

100 on shafts 1 - 4 (I do some tied weaves) = 400
80 on shafts 5-16 = 960
60 on each of shafts 17-32 = 960

Leaving me a handful to add for special purposes when needed

I always count the ends on each heddle in my design and make sure of the numbers needed. I distribute extra heddles between warp ends while I thread. A just incase measure if I need to correct a threading error.
Ingrid Boesel, the weaving half of Fiberworks PCW

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Schacht Combby

Ingrid Boesel <ingrid@...>
 

A couple of points

Schacht looms computer dobby is called the Combby. Remember that these devices have trade names. CompuDobby is an AVL trademark.

The LIPs standard for running looms, (which is what the Combby mostly uses) is living on borrowed time. It uses non standard communications protocol between the loom and the printer port on the computer . It has not been a great problem so far, until we got to Windows 2000 Pro, and XP. These systems do not tolerate the non standard communications.

Schacht has a SLIPs standard as well and that works on the serial port. It is essential a cable with a serial adapter built into it that goes between the loom and the computer.

Most computers still have a serial port, but some newer ones do not. You can purchase a serial port adapter for the USB port and it seems to work in most cases.

My moral.
Keep the old Windows 95 or 98 clunker alive as long as you can. It will keep running the Combby for as long as the clunker lives. And the software does not need a new computer just to run a loom. Minimal specs would be Pentium with 16 MB (32 preferable on Win 98) RAM, Win 95, 40 Mb free hard drive space, 100M/hz. and maybe a floppy will do, but check your software if it will still fit on a floppy.



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Re: Introduction & questions

julieannemcdonald <redgables@...>
 

--- In WeaveTech@y..., Doreen McLaughlin <doreen@d...> wrote:


Computer dobby questions: Do those of you who have upgraded
from a
manual to a computer dobby feel it is worth the money? If you have
an
AVL, could you, if you wanted to, convert back to a manual dobby (in
case of computer failure)? How well has the AVL computer dobby
worked
for you?
Hi Doreen,
Learning to chain up a peg plan on the manual Dobby head is a good
learning experience, or so AVL told me when I first purchased my
loom. It can be removed fairly easily if your Compuu Dobby needs
attention, but the ease and speed of making changes on the CompuDobby
makes the manual one only a back up piece of equipment in my studio.
Julie-Anne McDonald


Re: Introduction & questions

Laura Fry <laurafry@...>
 

To answer two of your questions - I think you need to figure
out what the maximum number of ends and width of your warp
would be. I, too, have run out of heddles mid-project, but
was fortunate my supplier had them in stock and was willing
to run to Greyhound and ship them overnight. :) I have at
least 3000 heddles, probably more. But then I do things like
60 epi. Not often, but often enough!

I did upgrade from the manual to compu dobby. I would not
go back, unless absolutely had to. My neck was suffering
from having to peg long chains. It is so much nicer to be
able to design long, sometimes non repeating chains, and then
to quickly change once that item (scarf, afghan, length of
yardage, whatever) was complete.

OTOH, I have the Compu-Dobby I and Peter keeps telling me I'm
living on borrowed time and antique equipment......

Laura Fry
who has, but is not yet willing to give up the manual dobby
parts just in case the compu-dobby dies
http://laurafry.com


Re: Compudobby

Joanne Hall <jah@...>
 

Hi Bill,
I have a friend with a 60" 12 shaft Leclerc dobby loom for sale.
Joanne

Bill Koepp wrote:

I never had the manual dobby and I've never regretted for one nanosecond
the purchase of the CompuDobby.
Along this thread I wondered if there's anywhere one could buy a complete,
used manual dobby ?

Happy Shuttling ! - Bill Koepp in Central California



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Re: Introduction & questions

Cathy de Seton <dseton@...>
 

Doreen,
Sample/swatch questions: Do most of you sample/swatch on your "big"
looms or do you use a separate loom?
I'm following on from Ruth with the Full Size Sample Club :-) but on the other hand I belong to a group that exchanges samples every year by post & it's been hard to create the samples so I find myself weaving a very long scarf most of the time!
Cathy,
who was reading the rules for WeaveTech & discovered she must use her real name!


Re: Introduction & questions

Ruth Blau <ruthblau@...>
 

Sample/swatch questions: Do most of you sample/swatch on your "big"
looms or do you use a separate loom?
Sample? Do people weave samples? <ggg> A large number of us, Doreen, are members in good standing of the Full-Sized Sample Club. That is, the item is the sample.

Computer program questions: AVL offers two software programs,
WeaveMaker One and WeavePoint for Windows.
Don't limit yourself to just AVL's offerings. There are other excellent (and less expensive) programs that have drivers for the AVL looms. Fiberworks PCW is one that a lot of people use. I use that one and WeaveIt, and I like them both for different reasons. I tend to design in WeaveIt and drive my loom with it, but I print in Fiberworks and sometimes use its ability to view doubleweave. These two programs exchange .wif files (this is an interface designed so that various weaving programs can read one another's files--be sure any program you get has this) with ease, and I go back & forth all the time. Most of the programs have demos you can download. I don't have those download sites available at my fingertips, but others can tell you where to find them.

Do those of you who have upgraded from a
manual to a computer dobby feel it is worth the money?
I never had the manual dobby and I've never regretted for one nanosecond the purchase of the CompuDobby. You may find it useful to use your loom as a manual dobby for a while--you'll get a really good idea of what's going on. Then when you get tired of pegging dobby bars, treat yourself to the computer upgrade.

If you have an
AVL, could you, if you wanted to, convert back to a manual dobby (in
case of computer failure)?
I believe this is possible.

How well has the AVL computer dobby worked
for you?
I have the AVL CompuDobby II, and it seems to be very stable. I've been using it for nearly 2 years, and it's been totally trouble free. I'm not a production weaver who pushes her AVL 8 hrs/day, however.

Welcome to WeaveTech, Doreen. I hope you enjoy (and contribute to) the conversation.

Ruth


Re: Introduction & questions

Judie Eatough
 

Hi Doreen,

Welcome to the list. Workshop looms -- I like a floor loom (8-shaft
baby wolf). It comes down to personal preference. Usually 9 inches is
wide enough and 8 shafts are enough to learn the technique.

I sample on the loom that I am going to weave the project on. Well, I m
might sample with those yarns on another loom, but not with the
technique. Table looms are slow weaving. <gg>

How many heddles you need depends upon the sett and width of the cloth
you want to weave. If some of the heddles on the loom are in good
shape, use them. 2000 heddles will do pretty good unless you are doing
finer threads and/or supplementary warps.

For weaving software, try out the demos. I use WeavePoint (among
several others) from these two and it does some nice things and will
work with the loom. The WeaveMaker One has some nice features in the
demo. Picking a program is a personal choice -- no one right answer.

I have a compudobby at home and the university has a manual dobby. It
is worth the time to have the compudobby. Pays in hours saved -- very
quickly. You can change back if you really need to finish something --
but most likely, you will need to change your pattern to simplify it.
We have 120 lags at the university and even beginning weavers can plan
projects that are a challenge to devise a treadling plan using the dobby
chain.

Judie


Introduction & questions

Doreen McLaughlin
 

My name is Doreen McLaughlin and I live in the shadow of Mount
Herman in between Monument and Palmer Lake, Colorado. I am single, live
with one cat, and run a home business indexing (and someday editing)
technical books.

I learned to weave on a used 22 inch 4-harness Harrisville and have
improved my weaving skills on a used 44 inch 10-harness Ahrens. I have
just gotten a "new-to-me" 48 inch AVL Production Loom (16-harness) with
a manual dobby. I joined this group to learn and to have forum in which
to ask technical questions.

Workshop loom questions: I am now able to attend weaving
workshops. The Pikes Peak Weavers Guild is sponsoring a major workshop
in June that requires at least an 8-harness loom. Since the AVL is not
very portable, I am looking into buying a loom for this and other
workshops. My local weaving shop has a used 9 inch 8-harness loom for
sale. It has its own carrying case. Have any of you had a workshop
where the loom had to have more than 8-harnesses? Would 9 inches be
enough width for most workshops?

Sample/swatch questions: Do most of you sample/swatch on your "big"
looms or do you use a separate loom? If you have a second loom for
sampling, does it have the same number of harnesses as your "big" loom
or more? If the second loom has manual selection, are you frustrated by
the lack of a dobby? Do you also use that second loom for workshops?

Heddle question: How many heddles do you use? All of the used
looms I've owned have had heddle problems and I've bought new heddles to
replace those that are missing, rusted, broken, or no longer made. I've
run out of heddles mid-project and then had to stop weaving while they
were back ordered. Consequently, I want to put enough of the right kind
of heddle on the AVL (and future workshop/sample loom). I have 2,000
new 12 inch polyester heddles, which comes to 125 heddles per harness.
Reviewing Handwoven for projects, the largest number of heddles required
is 152 for a 16-harness pattern. To be able to weave this cloth I would
have to purchase 500 more heddles.

Computer program questions: AVL offers two software programs,
WeaveMaker One and WeavePoint for Windows. What is the difference
(other than price) between these two? I know there are other weaving
software programs but for now I want to concentrate on learning about
these.

Computer dobby questions: Do those of you who have upgraded from a
manual to a computer dobby feel it is worth the money? If you have an
AVL, could you, if you wanted to, convert back to a manual dobby (in
case of computer failure)? How well has the AVL computer dobby worked
for you?

I think I've asked enough questions for my first e-mail ;)

TIA,
Doreen


Re: Compudobby

Bill Koepp <bgkoe@...>
 

I have a friend with a 60" 12 shaft Leclerc dobby loom for sale.
Joanne
Well,
I haven't room for another 60, I'm just looking for the actual dobby
device, hoping there's one lying in an attic somewhere !
What does a new manual dobby sell for, I wonder ?

Happy Shuttling ! - Bill Koepp in Central California


Re: Weaving Software

Judie Eatough
 

Cheryl,

We use Fiberworks Bronze and Patternland to run the Combby 8. They both
do fine. While I use more than two programs at home, the university only
has the two. With Wif files, I often design in one program (or several)
and run the loom in another. Check out the demos on the web.

Judie


Re: Compudobby

Bill Koepp <bgkoe@...>
 

I never had the manual dobby and I've never regretted for one nanosecond
the purchase of the CompuDobby.
Along this thread I wondered if there's anywhere one could buy a complete,
used manual dobby ?

Happy Shuttling ! - Bill Koepp in Central California


Doubling

timothy flint <tnjflint@...>
 

Thanks everyone for the great replies. It was Schacht I had heard
mentioned and with the pointed description of the principle I now should
have no problem of converting worsted to rug weight.
Thanks
Tim in east TN


Re: Weaving Software

Ian Bowers
 

Try contacting the Schacht people, they are most helpful on these sort of
things

Best regards

Ian Bowers
Managing Director - George Weil & Sons Ltd

The leading supplier to Fabric Painters, Dyers and Printers, Glass Painters
Hand weavers, Hand Spinners and Dyers, Craft Knitters, Felt & Paper makers
based at Guildford, Surrey, UK
email md@georgeweil.co.uk

visit our new web site www.georgeweil.co.uk

phone 0 (+44) 1483 565800
fax 0 (+44) 1483 565807

----- Original Message -----
From: "fiberart" <fiberart@att.net>
To: <WeaveTech@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 10:22 AM
Subject: [WeaveTech] Weaving Software


Hey all,

I was getting back into weaving after a long hiatus. I have the Schacht
8H
loom with compudobby. The software I used was WeaveIt 3.0. I was
thinking
to upgrade to the latest and realize the newest version is not compatible
with the compudobby. Per the software manufacturer, she suggested
creating
the warp in 4.0 and se 3.0 to control my loom.

Since this would be the case I thought it was a good time to examine which
software I was using and why. Can you tell me what software you use and
how
you like it? Anyone else have the Schacht with compudobby and what
software
do you use and prefer.

Since I am at this crossroad, it is a good time to look at the whole
picture
before I move forward in any direction and would love to hear your
comments.

Cheryl
fiberart@att.net

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But
the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates. -
Thomas Szasz



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Weaving Software

fiberart <fiberart@...>
 

Hey all,

I was getting back into weaving after a long hiatus. I have the Schacht 8H
loom with compudobby. The software I used was WeaveIt 3.0. I was thinking
to upgrade to the latest and realize the newest version is not compatible
with the compudobby. Per the software manufacturer, she suggested creating
the warp in 4.0 and se 3.0 to control my loom.

Since this would be the case I thought it was a good time to examine which
software I was using and why. Can you tell me what software you use and how
you like it? Anyone else have the Schacht with compudobby and what software
do you use and prefer.

Since I am at this crossroad, it is a good time to look at the whole picture
before I move forward in any direction and would love to hear your comments.

Cheryl
fiberart@att.net

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But
the self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates. -
Thomas Szasz


Re: Threading multishaft weaves

Joanne Hall <jah@...>
 

Hi Brucie,
Yes, I count them out and put a slip knot in them and they hang just in
front of the shafts I am threading.
Joanne

Brucie Connell wrote:

At 11:26 AM 2/3/02 -0700, you wrote:
I hang the back ones first and thread them. Then I hang the first shafts
and thread them.
How do you manage the threads intended for the front shafts? Just run them
over the shafts in order and let them lie there until you get to them?

Brucie


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Re: What the WeaveTech guidelines REALLY mean

Ruth Blau <ruthblau@...>
 

Weave tech tends to be computer loom oriented.
I'd say Weavetech trys to be computer oriented, it actually goes pretty far
afield !
As one who was in on the founding of WeaveTech, let me clarify: WeaveTech is designed for intermediate to advanced weavers where computer-aided weaving and design is just one of many acceptable topics. The list is not designed to be solely about computer-aided weaving & design. The goal of the founders was to get away from the response found on other weave lists whenever anyone wrote about computer-aided weaving, "That's not really weaving." On WeaveTech, we state from the get-go that it *is* weaving, and we move on from there.

But any & all intermediate & advanced weaving topics are permitted and eagerly sought on WeaveTech. We just prefer not to get bogged down in the minutiae of "how do I warp my loom," "how do I wind a bobbin," etc.

Ruth
co-admin., WeaveTech


Re: Plying

55wmt <55wmt@...>
 

Schacht has a new electric Ball Winder/Twister that is made in England.
I've seen the promo material on these new ball winders (there are 3 of
them, in different sizes), and I don't think they're specifically designed
to put twist in as they wind
Schacht ALSO has the Ball Winder/Twister in addition to the 3 Ball Winders
and I think it's about $170 or so (I'm probably off a little on the price).

Angie


Re: new member - intro

Murphy, Alice <amurphy@...>
 

You will need the weight in the harnesses for rugs. You would also find the rugweavers list helpful. They can be found at rugweavers.com
Weave tech tends to be computer loom oriented. Yahoo also has some other weaving lists such as fibernuts.
Take a look and see what you think.
Alice Murphy in Missouri

"Weavers get warped, Spinners get a twist, Dulcimer players fret but Librarians get booked!"


Re: Fiber Artists

Murphy, Alice <amurphy@...>
 

Don't know how that would add up. In one guild, we are nearly all weavers, another us weavers are greatly outnumbered by spinners and knitters. Still another local guild here is a wild mix of "fiber artists" being weavers, spinners, needlepointers, lace maker, quilters, and so forth.
Alice

"Weavers get warped, Spinners get a twist, Dulcimer players fret but Librarians get booked!"