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Submitted by Jane Greer on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 15:25
is it possible to do tieu ps with this loom or is direct tie up the only way to go?
Sorry to say....Harrisville does sell conversion kits to make it into a jack loom, but they are pricey.
i was afraid of that....:-(
Your loom IS a jack loom already. The direct tieup has several nice features, though you may not see them at the moment. Without a tieup, you are free to change your structure during the weaving of your warp. Only the threading is a preset - in other words, your direct tie loom functions as a 4-shaft dobby at this point.
There is one very nice book on the market - Ashford Book of 4-Shaft Weaving by the late Anne Field, written for the table loom (and by extension for the direct tieup loom) where all weaving drafts are shown using "liftplan" mode - that is, you read a line of 4 boxes and the x in box one means step on treadle 1 (or use lever 1), etc. IN the case of this loom, you probably want to leave your shoes on to make your feet bigger, but you will probably learn a l.ot about weaving from your loom the way it is - and at the same time be quite ready to switch to a computer assisted dobby using a liftplan at the drop of a hat.
Enjoy your loom.l
The direct tie-ups on smaller floor looms aren't a particularly a disadvantage and the distinct advantage is that you can do the different tie-up (or liftplan) changes without doing anything other than changing where your feet go! When I was teaching weaving classes at the university I usually did demos of techniques with a small direct tie-up Dorset loom since I could easily show students the differences available in a simple threading like twill, for instance.
And, as Sara said: "Enjoy your loom!"
Thanks everyone, I actually do like it direct better (i think). As a new weaver it really helps me learn the patterns better. I was just asking because the patterns I have had tie up drafts and having to go back and re write them for direct tie up is a pain, but I ordered the book suggested so that will make it easier when that comes.
I think if you download drafts from Handweaving.net you can tell the display page to create a lift plan for you and download the wif.
Maybe I'm missing something. My HD had floating lams and "snap hook chains" that made for very easy tie-ups. Doesn't yours? I simply had to clip the hooks onto the correct treadles to tie up for any pattern I wanted. I could also move the snap chains in the middle of a project to get a variety of treadling patterns on the same threading. Isn't this an option on your loom?
yours must be a 6 treadle. mine only has 4 and are tied up directly to the shafts so there's no option, from what I have been told anyway.
You are correct. Mine had six treadles. Therein lies the difference. Thx
Harrisville has a conversion kit from 4 to 6 treadles. 8-))