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Re: Red Letter Day

bigwhitesofadog
 

Glad to see your're better, Joe. I myself am weaving one-footed,
which is a pain, and slow. Can't drive. and have to be very careful
outside. Your end feed shuttle has a tension control in it (or it
should; I once got one that the tensioner had been removed to work
with chenille). This controls the thread coming off the pirn. You
don't need to use a special technique to stop the bobbin and tension
the weft. Although more expensive than boat shuttles, many people
like efs because they are faster to use and tend to give better
selvedges.
Sandra


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Janet Stollnitz
 

Tina and others,

When I've had to fold up the loom, I undo the anchors from the Texsolv cords and leave them hanging. I also undo the Velcro.

Janet

On 1/18/2020 1:02 PM, Tina Hilton wrote:
I haven't converted mine to texsolv yet, but I heard from others the risk of damage is when you fold up the loom with the treadles connected.  If you're not careful, the lamms can get bent.  That's for a Baby Mac obviously.

I do like Janet's idea of using velcro in place of the S hooks for the treadle bar.  Those hooks are often coming undone for me.

Tina Hilton

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 8:15 AM Lorelei Caracausa <beeweaverstudio@...> wrote:
I would like to know, also.  When I still had the shop, I retro-fitted many BabyMacs with Texsolv and never had an issue.  All of the customers seemed extremely pleased to not have the the issue anymore.

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 9:02 AM Diane Rabinowitz via Groups.Io <skyisblue2010=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have been very frustrated with super hooks and think I will go for texsolv.  What ways would the loom be damaged “if not done carefully”?
thanks!
Diane


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Lorelei

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Janet Stollnitz
Silver Spring Looms
Dyed Dreams
www.dyeddreams.com 
jstollnitz@...


Re: Red Letter Day

Laura Fry <laura@...>
 

Wow Joe, I am so glad you got to the hospital and that stents were able to help you.  So good to hear you are on the mend.  :)

I have frequently used weaving as therapy, and know the satisfaction of once again being able to weave a whole anything in one day.

As Tom Beaudet says, keep those beaters moving, it's good for you.  :)

cheers,

Laura Fry


Re: Red Letter Day

osterhaug@att.net
 

Thanks for the kind words on the video. It was amazing to work with Laura on it, and I’ll pass your compliments on to the videographer. :-)


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Tina Hilton
 

I haven't converted mine to texsolv yet, but I heard from others the risk of damage is when you fold up the loom with the treadles connected.  If you're not careful, the lamms can get bent.  That's for a Baby Mac obviously.

I do like Janet's idea of using velcro in place of the S hooks for the treadle bar.  Those hooks are often coming undone for me.

Tina Hilton


On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 8:15 AM Lorelei Caracausa <beeweaverstudio@...> wrote:
I would like to know, also.  When I still had the shop, I retro-fitted many BabyMacs with Texsolv and never had an issue.  All of the customers seemed extremely pleased to not have the the issue anymore.

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 9:02 AM Diane Rabinowitz via Groups.Io <skyisblue2010=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have been very frustrated with super hooks and think I will go for texsolv.  What ways would the loom be damaged “if not done carefully”?
thanks!
Diane



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Lorelei


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Janet Stollnitz
 

I replaced the hooks on my baby Mac with Texsolv quite a few years ago and haven't had a problem with the shafts. I also replaced the two "s" hooks with three small strips of Velcro. The "s" hooks are/were used to hold the treadle bar in place. I wrapped the Velcro strips around the treadle bar and the flat, metal bar at the front of the loom--one at each end and one in the middle. The treadle bar now stays in place.

Janet

On 1/18/2020 10:02 AM, Diane Rabinowitz via Groups.Io wrote:
I have been very frustrated with super hooks and think I will go for texsolv.  What ways would the loom be damaged “if not done carefully”?
thanks!
Diane

-- 
Janet Stollnitz
Silver Spring Looms
Dyed Dreams
www.dyeddreams.com 
jstollnitz@...


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Lorelei Caracausa
 

I would like to know, also.  When I still had the shop, I retro-fitted many BabyMacs with Texsolv and never had an issue.  All of the customers seemed extremely pleased to not have the the issue anymore.


On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 9:02 AM Diane Rabinowitz via Groups.Io <skyisblue2010=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have been very frustrated with super hooks and think I will go for texsolv.  What ways would the loom be damaged “if not done carefully”?
thanks!
Diane



--
Lorelei


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Diane Rabinowitz
 

I have been very frustrated with super hooks and think I will go for texsolv.  What ways would the loom be damaged “if not done carefully”?
thanks!
Diane


Re: Red Letter Day

Sally O
 

It is great to hear that you are back at the loom after your health scare, Joe!

And yes, Laura provides a lot of great tips that allow us to weave more comfortably.

For a program, our guild watched sections of her video which captured her recommendations very well. Kudos to the camera person who framed and filmed the sequences that depicted key concepts so clearly.

I remember when I visited you and you instructed me about walking my foot across the treadles instead of "lifting and stomping." (Yes - she covers that in the video!)

We anticipate that your snow will arrive in our region by tomorrow afternoon. If you can do anything to dissipate it or divert it northward, I would appreciate that!


Re: AVL K-series software UpDate

margcoe
 

Good to know. My K series is supposed to arrive by end of next month.  Marg


Re: Red Letter Day

Eve Alexander
 

Hi Joe,
It is great to have you writing again.  I always enjoy your posts.  Sorry to hear about the heart attack but you are clearly determined to keep going and are recovering well. 
I hope your loom modifications are successful and you get many more years of weaving joy.
Very best wishes,
                                Eve


Red Letter Day

Joe P
 

Hi Everyone

Today I wove a rag rug 28 X 60. But I still have to take breaks. Oh that is right the only weaver that knows is Sara Von T. I have not posted to much I have had a plate full to take care of. I went to the Sheep and Wool Festival, on Friday. The day after Saturday. I was not feeling to good. I had my friend Marty drive me to the E.R. testing done two types of MRI'S, To be told I had a heat attack. I had two blockages and I now have two stents. No heart damage.  I have had to go slow rest heat therapy. New medications side effects all of the good things. I was told a while ago I could weave but my chest hurt. So in the start I could weave just 2 inches a day. To weave a whole rug in a day  is a great improvement.  

My loom does not have full shaft frames it has shaft rods like a Glimakra or Cranbrook or Toika and texolv heddles. I do not have to lift a lot of weight. That is a good thing. But on the end of the two ends of each shaft bar I have what I am going to call a pig tail wire that go through the top shaft bar and the bottom to hold the heddles on the shaft bars and to keep the shaft bars from sliding out of place. The pig tails turn and get hung up on the shaft in front or behind once in a while. I have had it. I called Marty and said lets go out to dinner Ok. I need you to bring me some new parts or my loom. Marty said I don't have loom parts I said sure you do I need 24 black metal coat hangers. I had 4 Marty had 5 and I am going to go to the second hand store tomorrow and get the rest of what I need. The weather is to be ice and snow if so I am staying in the house I don't need to be in a accident, or slip and fall. I could cut the end off of the pig tails. But I am not willing to do that. I made 4 new wires and they work well not a hang up yet. 

When I get the warp that is on the loom woven off I am going to have to do a lot of changes. The loom was built as a 10 shaft loom 2 of the shafts were added to make the loom 12 but when this was done the shaft bars added are not the same size as all of the rest. I did not notice this when I put the loom together. the 4 shafts are not shaft 11 12 they are mixed in with the other 10 shafts. I do not get a nice clean shed the way it is. I thought it was maybe I was not adjusting the texolv chain cord the right way in working the side tie up on the loom that is not the case. I am going to put the two sets of shafts on 11 12 and see if I get a clean shed. IF not  I am going to go to a wood worker and see if the shaft bars can be reworked if not new ones will be made. Because as it is right now the shed is 1/4 in low from the top down 1/4 of a inch from the bottom up. In this case my sweet spot is cheated. It works fine for weaving with a boat shuttle or a rag shuttle. I have a feeling when I put the fly shuttle on the loom the fly shuttle is going to create problems like flying through a fine  warp and breaking out warps. Or just will not travel like it should from side to side. 

I have been reading Laura Fry's blog. I read it every day like clock work. I get up in the morning and make a pot of coffee and check out Laura's blog I have to be honest I did not understand Ergonomics. In reading Laura's blog with pictures and the way Laura explains in words. Is great. The way Laura flips a boat shuttle works well I never flipped a shuttle thumbs down. I never caught the shuttle between my first and second fingers using my thumb as a bobbin break. It took about 6 inches of practice and it does work. Selvages are for the most part perfect. I then thought I would like to use a AVL end feed shuttle not a fly shuttle Selvages not to good. No control over the flow of the thread off of the pirn. The boat shuttle I used the bobbin is 7 inches I think the shuttle to big. I am going to go digging in the bin of shuttles I have and find a smaller shuttle. I can see how a weaver with practice can gain weaving speed. I also looked at the Videos Laura has on you tube and I found a couple of great weaving tips as well but they deal with warping the loom.

In looking at you tube videos I learned about "Saori Weaving" I have been weaving rag rugs in Swedish style strips. I have colors left over not enough to weave planed rugs out of so I am going to just weave the colors the way I feel. With my old school back round no mistakes in my warp. That is my concept of Saori Weaving.  

Keep Weaving 
Joe Bear in WI U.S.A. 

 

 

 


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

bigwhitesofadog
 

Replacing the hooks with texsolve can damage the shafts if not done carefully.
Sandra


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

bigwhitesofadog
 

I have never had a problem with hooks coming off my Baby Mac, and I treadle fast and do not release the treadles gently.  The hooks fit snugly on the lamms and I remove them with pliars.
Sandra


Re: AVL K-series software UpDate

Sharolene Brunston
 

We also just went through the AVL-K software upgrade.  I haven't used the loom since upgrading as there is no warp on it presently. Maybe you would like to join the AVL-K group in .io Igor, and share your experiences.  


Re: Why the art world is embracing craft

Sally O
 

I, too, saw this on my phone but I didn't get a chance to note the source. Thanks for posting the link today, Nadine!

There are so many exhibits showcasing weaving going on right now, all around the country. Taking a Thread for a Walk (MoMA) is excellent, and I hope to return to study some of the textiles in more depth before it closes.


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Jayne F
 

Hooks can become misshapen.

If the long straight part of the hook is bent or bowed enough (or if the treadle slot has warped) the hooks can get stuck in the treadle slot. Then, when the treadle is released (traveling upward), the hook moves with it (instead of sliding in the slot) and the hook itself is lifted up off the lam.

Straighten hooks and wax them to be sure they can move in the treadle slots freely.

Jayne in Maine


Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Louise Yale
 

Hi Cynthia
Interesting. Will give it a try.
Louise in NorCal
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Part of the problem with the treadle hooks on Macomber looms is
treadling technique. This loom likes the treadles to be released slowly
rather than just rapidly lifting the foot off the treadle and letting
the shafts drop. Other looms seem not to be bothered this way. If the
treadling is gentile the loom behaves better.

Cynthia




Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Nann Miller
 

I hope they help!!


From: weavetech@groups.io <weavetech@groups.io> on behalf of Louise Yale <cafeina@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 7:46:59 PM
To: WeaveTech <weavetech@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [weavetech] Macomber Loom hook question
 

Hi Nann
Thank you for the valuable tips.
Louise in NorCal
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> I have used a Macomber 8-shaft 48" B4 for over 50 years--20 of those as a
> production weaver.  Alden Amos timed our weaving speed at a shot every
> second to 1-1/4 seconds, so speed isn't the issue.  The hooks do not fly
> off.  During the last 10 years, I have moved to a 16-shaft B5 and the
> hooks still don't fly off.  I also weave on a 24" 8-shaft Baby Mac, and I
> don't have issues there either. I work in a weaving studio with 5 other 4-
> or 8-shaft B4s and they don't have problems. Each of these looms uses a
> different size Super-Hook and I am careful not to mix the hooks up.
>
> I wonder if you are centering the hook directly over the treadle?  Are you
> making certain the hooks are the correct size for the loom and number of
> shafts on the loom?  As you install (or remove the hooks) do you check
> them to see that they aren't splayed at the top where it bends back?
>
> Nann Miller
> ________________________________
>





Re: Macomber Loom hook question

Louise Yale
 

Hi Nann
Thank you for the valuable tips.
Louise in NorCal
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I have used a Macomber 8-shaft 48" B4 for over 50 years--20 of those as a
production weaver. Alden Amos timed our weaving speed at a shot every
second to 1-1/4 seconds, so speed isn't the issue. The hooks do not fly
off. During the last 10 years, I have moved to a 16-shaft B5 and the
hooks still don't fly off. I also weave on a 24" 8-shaft Baby Mac, and I
don't have issues there either. I work in a weaving studio with 5 other 4-
or 8-shaft B4s and they don't have problems. Each of these looms uses a
different size Super-Hook and I am careful not to mix the hooks up.

I wonder if you are centering the hook directly over the treadle? Are you
making certain the hooks are the correct size for the loom and number of
shafts on the loom? As you install (or remove the hooks) do you check
them to see that they aren't splayed at the top where it bends back?

Nann Miller
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