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Collingwood Appreciation & Fiber Art

willgee@...
 

Peter, glad you are back! You ARE indispensible.

About the Fiber Art position, I've had many successful friends in the
field here in the Bay Area, most notably Barbara Shawcroft, whose
studio I lived in for a year while she taught at Boston U. These local
fiber artists quickly left me behind, by miles. I think I was just
made to be a happy small production weaver with the occasional art
piece.

My own experience and I think several others I've known would agree
that some of the most valuable education as weavers/fiber whatevers,
was in the fine arts and art history classes, not our weaving classes.
Mine was in art school at Kansas City Art Institute. Drawing,painting,
calligraphy, sculpture, industrial design based on Bauhaus precepts,
all added up to make one "think like an artist" My first love,
incidentally, was high fire handmade porcelain; then I came to San
Francisco and met Trude Guermonprez and that changed things
completely. Trude, I can say, to me represented true genius in the
textile world. Her impact on many of us was immeasurable. glen b.


Low Profile Looms....Gilmore

willgee@...
 

Hi..for many many years I wove professionally on two Gilmores. They
were the old rigid ones..no folding parts. They were big and heavy and
came apart easily for threading. Had an 8 frame 46" and a 4 frame 56"
or 60" I can't remember. Gave one to the weaving class here in SF, and
sold one to a friend, who later passed on again. Still weaving well
after 50 years or more. I was shocked at how noisy they were when I
had a student weaving on one on the second floor and I went downstairs
to the kitchen. Loud! glen black


Re: gathering info about studios

Ingrid Boesel <ingrid@...>
 

At 11:33 PM 8/18/2001, you wrote:
I read somewhere that someone used an old golf bag for this purpose. I have
some reeds in an umbrella stand.
I think that you could make a box very easily and then drill holes on both sides an inch from the top and another series about 1 inch from the bottom and insert a dowel in each pair of holes. I would make the box fairly tall if all the reeds were long with three rows of dowels. Or staggered heights if there are different lengths of reeds.

I once saw a shallow box about 1 ft square with a 4x4" post about 3.5 ft high in the center. Wooden dowels were inserted into the post near the top, and reeds rested against the dowels and the lip of the shallow box. It seemed there was not enough support to stop the reeds from sagging in the middle.

How about a Sona tube, those cardboard tubes that they use to cast footings for porches. You can get 8 or 9 inch diameter tubes, cut them at various lengths and fasten them together to hold long and short reeds. As long as there are 3 of them, they should be stable. You can paint them as well.

All dimensions are approximate and from dim memories <G>
Ingrid Boesel, the weaving half of Fiberworks PCW

Visit us at: http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com
Email: ingrid@fiberworks-pcw.com


Re: Looms with Low Profiles...

Russell Currier <russell.currier@...>
 

I couldn't agree with you more.

Kyo Currier, also in Alaska

----- Original Message -----
From: "Alcorn" <alcorn@pop.nwlink.com>
To: <WeaveTech@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2001 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: [WeaveTech] Looms with Low Profiles...


I am very surprised that no one has mentioned the beautiful and wonderful
Gilmore as a low profile loom. It is very sturdy, and has the ratchet and
pawl breaking system. The wood is a gorgeous clear unstained maple. With
8 shafts you get 14 treadles. It can only be ordered from the factory
which saves a good bit of money. With a weight bar added to the beater
one
can easily beat hard enough for rugs for a long time and not damage the
loom. It is such a sweet loom, a real class act.

Francie Alcorn



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Re: Looms with Low Profiles...

Ingrid Boesel <ingrid@...>
 

My choice of 8 shaft looms (alphabetical) all good sturdy looms
AVL: Home loom easy side tieup
Louet: Spring
Schacht: Mighty Wolf with or without the high castle
Kris had said she was interested in rugs/weft faced
weaving/tapestry. Beware of the Mighty Wolf (or IMHO *any* X-frame loom)
for rugs or other heavy duty work. You probably won't be happy w/ the
tension, and if you do a lot of rugs on an MW, you'll beat it to death. I
believe Schacht itself urges that you not weave too many rugs per year on
the MW.

Sorry, I meant the full frame Schacht loom, whose name I cannot remember, not the x frame. I don't know if the full frame is still made

And I forgot the Woolhouse great sturdy looms but usually overhead beater and CM

I know the Jmade had non computer looms but I have not seen them. But looking at the JComp, my feeling is that this would be a really well made loom.

The Gilmore does not make my list because of the rachet and pawl brake, but then I do not weave rugs.

And the Louet Delta is the replacement for the Hollandia, low profile, lower than the Megado, sturdy enough for rugs, 8 or 12 shafts. (and you could probably special order the wider loom with 8 shafts and 14 treadles)


Ingrid Boesel, the weaving half of Fiberworks PCW

Visit us at: http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com
Email: ingrid@fiberworks-pcw.com


Re: gathering info about studios

Robin Burk <studio@...>
 

Thanks, Lorrie. I'll see what the price is through Unicorn ... when I
asked through another vendor earlier this year, the quote was $425. Ouch!

Robin


Re: Looms with Low Profiles...

Alcorn <alcorn@...>
 

I am very surprised that no one has mentioned the beautiful and wonderful
Gilmore as a low profile loom. It is very sturdy, and has the ratchet and
pawl breaking system. The wood is a gorgeous clear unstained maple. With
8 shafts you get 14 treadles. It can only be ordered from the factory
which saves a good bit of money. With a weight bar added to the beater one
can easily beat hard enough for rugs for a long time and not damage the
loom. It is such a sweet loom, a real class act.

Francie Alcorn


Re: gathering info about studios

LHolzbach@...
 

I read somewhere that someone used an old golf bag for this purpose. I have
some reeds in an umbrella stand. Others I keep in their original shipping
boxes in an upstairs closet. Most of my reeds are stainless steel, but I
don't like to store anything metal in the basement.
Lorrie


Re: gathering info about studios

LHolzbach@...
 

Robin,
I don't know if they still have them, but Glimakra used to have a stand for
storing reeds, sticks, etc. Check with Glimakra/Unicorn in California.
Lorrie


Re: Looms with Low Profiles...

Ruth Blau <ruthblau@...>
 

Ingrid wrote:

My choice of 8 shaft looms (alphabetical) all good sturdy looms
AVL: Home loom easy side tieup
Louet: Spring
Schacht: Mighty Wolf with or without the high castle
Kris had said she was interested in rugs/weft faced weaving/tapestry. Beware of the Mighty Wolf (or IMHO *any* X-frame loom) for rugs or other heavy duty work. You probably won't be happy w/ the tension, and if you do a lot of rugs on an MW, you'll beat it to death. I believe Schacht itself urges that you not weave too many rugs per year on the MW.

Ruth


Re: Looms with Low Profile

Laura MacCary <lmaccary@...>
 

In my opinion, the big problem with the low-profile loom design is that you
are pretty much forced to use a rising-shed jack mechanism. And one problem
with this mechanism is the difficulty of lifting many shafts. Some looms are
easier to treadle than others, because the designer paid attention to
leverage, but in general they're harder to treadle and can have fussier
(smaller or less clean) sheds than CB or CM looms. I understand that they
can also have problems with certain unbalanced weave structures. I hear CB
or CM looms can sometimes be better for these because the rising/falling
tension on the threads is equal, so the difference in take-up is minimized.

The 2 big advantages of the rising-shed jack looms are the low profile and
the ability to press more than one treadle at a time (difficult on a CM loom
unless you use a special tie-up) and get a large shed (difficult on a CB
when pressing multiple treadles unless you have a shed regulator).

These differences are minimal with 4 shafts, but become noticeable with 8 or
more. I'd be interested in your opinions on loom designs that can have 8 or
more shafts but minimize these limitations?

I tried out the Megado at the ANWG conference, and I'm impressed with the
way the back beam moves when treadling to improve the shed. I think this
design minimizes some of the problems associated with jacks, and the loom is
lower-profile than many large or multishaft looms (though not truly
low-profile). But it can only be used as a computer loom, there is not an 8
shaft version of the design, with treadles, to my knowledge.

What other models take these problems into account? Can these different
problems even be resolved?
Laura


Cranbrook Loom for sale

Jessica Speer <speerj@...>
 

I'm selling my 62 inch 8 H Cranbrook. Contact me privately for details
Jessica Speer speerj@mid-pen.lib.mi.us


Re: Looms with Low Profiles...

Ingrid Boesel <ingrid@...>
 

Hi Chris
Why not investigate the various loom manufacturers by looking at their websites.
If you go to Ruthe Stowe's Weaving resources and click on looms, you will get links to all the loom manufactures you ever dreamed of

http://home.interlynx.net/~rstowe/

Some of the "high profile" looms are easy to see through and others are not. The Counterbalanced looms from LeClerc are easy to see through as there are only 3 rollers high up

Others are hard to see through. Go have a look at websites

My choice of 8 shaft looms (alphabetical) all good sturdy looms
AVL: Home loom easy side tieup
Louet: Spring
Schacht: Mighty Wolf with or without the high castle




Ingrid Boesel, the weaving half of Fiberworks PCW

Visit us at: http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com
Email: ingrid@fiberworks-pcw.com


Re: gathering info about studios

Ann Shafer
 

My studio has been built off the side of our house and is 12' by 29' and in
spite of the large size it could be larger! It's a case of my filling up the
space very, very easily!! Since it's off the dining and living rooms it is
carpeted the same as the other rooms are. I would love to have a 'messy'
area(well, it sometimes is messy anyway <gg>) to do painting of warp, dyeing,
etc. But it is my favorite room in the whole house and one which I love to
retreat to. Ann Shafer


Looms with Low Profiles...

jaakaa@...
 

The Megado is a 32-shaft computer-aided loom manufactured by Louet.
If you're not interested in lots of shafts or CAW, this loom isn't
for you.
Boy, I'll say, Ruth! Whew! Not being a "complex weaver" - though I
admire, greatly, those who are, holding them in utter awe and
fascination! - you're right.

However, I would really like to hear from anyone about lower profile
looms that would be suitable for rug/weft faced/tapestry weaving.

Kris in Alaska


Re: Looms with Low Profile

Ruth Blau <ruthblau@...>
 

could you give us more information about this
loom? <snip> To clarify: it's not a dobby, or many shafts I would
need - 8, in my case, but information/experience from others about
resources for low profile looms would be greatly appreciated.
The Megado is a 32-shaft computer-aided loom manufactured by Louet. If you're not interested in lots of shafts or CAW, this loom isn't for you. And tho the profile is certainly lower than a full-frame AVL, I don't find the Megado an especially low profile. About as high as a Schacht high-castle floor loom, I'd say.

Ruth
whose internet provider (ComCast) has chosen today to be cranky. We're getting to your digest/indiv msg switches as fast as we can, but ComCast has thrown its sabot into the works--an appropiately weaverly reference.


Looms with Low Profile

jaakaa@...
 

No disloyalty to AVL but the low profile of the megado
>will not intrude on the wonderful panoramic view we have on 2 sides
>of this medium-large sized LR- DR.

*******************

Barbara - or anyone? - could you give us more information about this
loom? It's a name I'm not at all familiar with. I, too, am concerned
about the "view obstruction". I went to great lengths when we built
our house, to have a view into the refuge woods beyond, from my
studio. At this point, my dear old Norwood jack loom doesn't
interfere, but eventually, I plan to purchase another (lusting for the
"walking" Rio Grande Cadillac Loom, am I) but am resisting the high
profile designs. To clarify: it's not a dobby, or many shafts I would
need - 8, in my case, but information/experience from others about
resources for low profile looms would be greatly appreciated.
(Come to think of it, are there low profile CM or CB looms????)

Thanks,
Kris in Alaska


Re: gathering info about studios

Robin Burk <studio@...>
 

I'm not sure a novice hobby weaver like me has a 'studio' ;-) but ...

When we moved to this older house last Fall I took the small front parlor
for weaving, 11' x 15', carpeted. Two windows with northern exposure and
two with western (and good blinds). Bookcases along the inside 15' wall,
some of which I use for yarn etc. in plastic tubs, some of which hold parts
of our regular library. The 45" 8s CM Leclerc Nilus II sits towards the
western end of the room and nearby is an adjustable table for sewing,
spreading warps in the raddle, etc. Also a small rolling table which
sits next to the bench when I'm working. The room also holds an armchair
and floor lamp for reading, a carved chest which holds fabrics and my sewing
box, an overhead light fixture supplemented with wall-mounted fluorescents
containing full-spectrum tubes and an Ott floor lamp for close-up work.

I've been considering upgrading to a 12s Scandinavian loom w/ drawloom
attachment but haven't worked out the space issues yet. Other things on my
wish list include sectional warping equipment. I currently use a 20 yd
vertical warping mill. I've found that one of the folding tables I use for
grooming my show dogs holds the mill at a good height for warping and the
non-skid top is helpful too, so I just bring that up from the grooming room
when needed. I'd also like a good stand for holding my reeds, warping
sticks, raddles and rolled corrugated paper etc. I wish someone would offer
these on order in North America.

For what it's worth! ;-)

Robin


Collingwood Appreciation & FiberArt

Jyoti Coyle
 

To Peter and All,

Glad you're back, too! Besides your weaving mastery for our minds, the
incredible British wit and humor to your email missives tickle my heart,
even the former M.D. in you comes through. (Hope this is an ok thing to
say.) I missed your teaching in Vermont years ago, but it lives on in some
masterful weavers here.

Yesterday I climbed up in the newly hayed meadows beyond our home
overlooking the Green Mountains, thinking about New England and England.
Stowe is to the west and the Groton Mountains to the east, we're up on a
plateau close to the later. And I marvel that there is a system (the
Internet) connecting all of our "studios" and the thoughts and work that we
pursue in them, whatever their size and location of electricity (which is a
pertinent topic for me as we are building on here).

Survived the dynamite (Fire in the Hole! and a vrooming sound, about eight
blasts, the tire-tread mats woven in the Montreal area worked to protect our
house) and dug up some really fine rocks, one the size of a monolith! This
morning I am watching six guys pour our concrete foundation flooring, like
kids playing in the mud. After jumping up and down in it (in big yellow
galoshes) to test the consistency, they use these long boards to smooth it
out, there is a hand-craft to it.

Because I'm working with a lot of color, I've hauled in my secondary
sectional back beam trailer attachment for my older 60" Norwood to act as a
horizontal warping drum (we'll see) to warp my air-powered loom, to keep the
warp organized in the cramped space. Thanks to weavetech, Ruth & Amy, all
of these conversations are a learning experience for me.

Jyoti

Jyoti Coyle, artist-weaver of Patternland
Email: jyoti@patternland.com Website: www.patternland.com

p.s. The fiber as art dialog is poking through -- the issues I ponder are:
Realizing the incredible time and mental energy it takes to architect a
woven statement as fine art (as in the work of Lia Cook, Emily Dubois, Lois
Bryant, Cynthia Schira, Janice Lessman-Moss, etc.) is fiberart now
considered part of the current art movement? Are fiber artists accepted as
the painters and sculptors they are? Is the art world becoming a more
enlightened community? Where does Fiber Decorative become Fiber Art? How I
experience receiving American Craft and The Surface Design Journal vs. Art
in America, for example. Beauty vs. shock value. What is the experiencer
of fine art or fine craft being asked to do by the artist, which gets
philosophical. Fine art and fine craft seem to be operating on the same
level esoterically to me. I've been viewing fine craft glass exhibits and
pondering the intersecting of various craft media, such as the use of woven
threads, real weaving being embedded in glass, possibly woven of
fire-resistant fiber-glass filaments, I believe in Lino Tagliapietra's work.
Is anyone knowledgeable about this?


studio

Barbara Nathans <bnathans@...>
 

We are in the delightful situation of remodeling a 2 bedroom apartment as our full time abode in San Diego. I have said from the beginning that my (new) Megado loom would be in the LR. No disloyalty to AVL but the low profile of the megado will not intrude on the wonderful panoramic view we have on 2 sides of this medium-large sized LR- DR. My husbands desk, built into one of the 2 walls of bookshelves, a long dining table,and a small sitting area are the only other furniture we plan here. The second bedroom is being fitted out with utilitarian cabinets and drawers on 3 sides for the messier part of my activities. Visitors? We'll put them up nearby.

I shall have to check where we are putting outlets... some I know are waist high. Good suggestion.

Barbara Nathans, who is mentally transfering things from plastic bins on Long Island to real drawers and cabinets in California......

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