tie ups for a 4shaft/4treadle harrisville loom

is it possible to do tieu ps with this loom or is direct tie up the only way to go? 


Posted on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 16:00

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

Posted on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 16:23

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!"


Posted on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 14:55

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. 

Thanks again!!!

Posted on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 23:15

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.

Posted on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 01:29

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? 

Posted on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 01:33

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.

Posted on Wed, 01/08/2014 - 02:05

You are correct.  Mine had six treadles.  Therein lies the difference. Thx