I had a plan today, to get the AVL dobby running. I have been full of anticipation about it.
I wouldn't know if I liked this loom, and if it was everything I was expecting it to be, until I tried it. It was a leap of faith to buy it, and I hoped it was the right leap.
I did get a short warp on it yesterday, so I decided to go for it today.
I have to say that at first, this loom was really intimidating. I was a little afraid that I wasn't going to be able to figure it out.
It is pretty terrific when you realize that you are beginning to understand it.
The dobby bars have pegs in them, and these pegs raise the harnesses, and it makes a pattern, if you have pegged it right.
This loom came with a LOT of extra bars and pegs.
I'm only using 8 harnesses. I'll work my way up to 16, since that is what the loom has.
If you look close you can see my mistakes.........but overall, I am LOVING this loom. The dobby mechanism is intriguing. There are two treadles, and I thought they might be hard to treadle, but they aren't. I can foresee getting used to this loom pretty easily.
It isn't noisy, and you never have to remember where you are, because the dobby remembers.
There is no brake release, the tension remains perfect all the time.
What's up with that??
I know I have some harebrained schemes sometimes.......can I just tell you that it is a huge relief that I was not wrong about this loom working for me.
It made me smile all day.