I hear you Sally - with the 'go' of the Olds college satellite program here, the guild room needs to have *all* the clutter that has accumulated over the years removed so that there is room for the seven (possibly nine) students. There is class prep to do and any last minute marking from last year. :-/ Then the week following the Olds class I drive to Edmonton for a two day workshop there. Then two weeks after that, drive to Olds for level one there (12 students signed up).
The good news is that I finally finished the alpha edits yesterday and returned the file to my alpha editor for her input. I saw lots of room for clarification (photos/diagrams) and additional material still to be written. I figure I'm about half way through the initial writing - when I'll have the mental wherewithall to complete the writing, I just don't know. It isn't looking good for either May or June. :(
May is especially exciting for me because the satellite Olds college class has enough to go here and the class in Yadkin NC taught by Jean Curry started this morning. :). I also have a full class at Olds in June.
It it is heartening to see interest in this program growing. Groups interested in hosting the program can contact the college.
Katy Meek has written a book on how to make a warping trapeze - essentially the same thing but mounted in the loom. It's called Dance with your loom and she still has copies to sell. Otherwise, all I use is a rod mounted to the ceiling partly because my loom never gets moved, partly because my ceiling isn't very high and I'm tall enough to reach it. :)
Yes. Just use two feet and press the combination of the tie up required.
For example, if you need plain weave, treadle shaft 1 with one foot, shaft 3 with the other (if this is the combination that will give you plain weave) and for the next pick, treadle 2 and 4 together.
For other combinations, use two feet - 1 plus 2, 2 plus 3, 3 plus 4, 4 plus 1 for twill. If you need three shafts up, press 1 and 2 with one foot and 3 with the other. Or what ever combination you need.
For something like Bronson Lace where plain weave is 1 for one pick and 2, 3, and 4 for the other, use one foot to press down on 2 and the other to press down on 3 and 4.
On small looms the treadles are quite close together and using one foot to press down on two treadles is fairly easy.
Buy from weaving shops, not knitting shops. Weavers buy in 100 gram or half pound - or more - packages. Depending on where you are, you should be able to find something not too far away. If you are in the US you will have way more access to yarns than I do in Canada. :) WEBS, The Woolery, Yarn Barn of Kansas, just to name a few.
The apron cords should be long enough to allow the rod to travel from the beam to just behind the heddles. Exactly how long this is will depend on the loom, whether the cord is continuous, how wide it is and how many loops you want.
Are you using warp 'packing' when you beam your warp? The warp needs to roll onto the back beam as a smooth cylinder. If there are lumps and bumps, the threads will be longer/shorter, which can cause tension issues as you weave. Then tying on evenly means that the tension on the threads remains equal as Joanne says.
Weather moved in this afternoon and I've been fighting a sinus headache for much of the afternoon. I did managed to slog my way through several pages of edits but that was about it. Oh, and unpacking that 70+ pound order of cotton that arrived today...wish I felt like weaving - I really need to get some things done. :-/ Maybe tomorrow?
Personal preference. I cut mine apart. My loom has 16 shafts and it would be impossible to reach all the way through to the back of the loom if the heddles were still connected. Others prefer to leave them connected. Like most things about weaving...it depends...
If you want to do rugs, a floor loom would be better than a table/lever loom. Something fairly sturdy because rugs take a pretty heavy beat to seat the weft into place. I have a Leclerc Fanny on which I have done everything from rugs, both warp and weft faced, all the way through to very fine silk scarves, and everything in between. Some people prefer a macomber, others a Mighty Wolf (Schacht). They all have advantages and many people like one over the other. I would try to find a second hand loom, try it and see how you like it. Then try different makes and models. It is sort of like buying a car. You won't necessarily have the same vehicle for all stages of your life. You might have different looms for doing different things. Sometimes more than one at a time. :)