My Loom “Family”
Other weavers are always interested to know what equipment other weavers use. Therefore, I have this page for weavers – or would-be weavers!
I have three floor looms and one table loom, and I love all of them! They are like family and so I give them names – in some cases, the manufacturer has already given them a name. Each loom has its attributes and I attempt to use the best loom for each project. Why do I have these particular looms? I have had many others over the years. All of my looms now have Texsolv heddles and few metal parts. This means they are light treadling (easy on the aging body) and also quiet – easy to live with as in an open studio loft in our home.
AVL 24 shaft Workshop Dobby Loom “Wanda” (American): I bought this loom in late 2016. I am having a wonderful time making lots of samples that I can take to Meg, for full size projects, or for making smaller items like scarves and narrow runners.
Louet Megado, 44”, 32 shaft computer dobby loom – I call her “Meg” (Dutch): I love my Megado! She is simple in concept and engineering for a computer loom of 32 shafts. Warping and weaving is not that much different from a standard floor loom except for the computer drive dobby mechanism that allows for complex patterning. The wide shed and countermarche action (it has a rising warp beam) allows me to do just about any type of weaving. I have a convertible warp beam that allows either sectional or standard warping. When I warp sectionally, I use an AVL warping wheel.
Oxaback, 8 shaft, countermarche – “Lilla” (Swedish): This is the Newest member of my loom family. Still evaluating but am finding her easy to set-up and use – and has a great shed!
Ashford “Katy” 8 shaft 12” table loom (New Zealand): After selling my last table loom about six years ago, I swore I would never have another. However, after seeing Katy at Convergence in Albuquerque in the summer 2010, I decided she would be perfect for sampling, and she is. What I particularly like is how flexible she is for warping and threading which is often awkward for table looms. She is also highly portable and storable – another plus in a tight studio.
Other equipment: I also own rigid heddle and inkle, and bead looms.
Software: I do a lot of design work on computer. My favorite designing software is AVL’s WeavePoint. I also have Fiberworks PCW, Kitchen Table’s Pixeloom, and Canyon Art’s Grid ‘n Weave It. The latter is particularly great for tapestry and weft-faced weaves. In addition to traditional weaving programs, I also use Adobe Photoshop for designing dobby treadlings and Microsoft Excel for charting and planning tartans.