Crazy as a Loom

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday plan

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.

 This is my pattern.
I'm only using 8 harnesses.  I'll work my way up to 16, since that is what the loom has.

 Now this isn't perfect, but it's my first try, and I'm happy with it.

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.


Anonymous said...

Perfect colors for springtime, Hilary Have fun with this new loom!

Loom With A View said...

I am so jealous! I have been wanting a dobby loom for years as crawling underneath my 12 harness jack loom got very old, very fast. Nothing like repeatedly hitting your head on the sectional warp beam to take the joy out of things. And while my neck problems don't hold a candle to yours, the awkward angle really Does. Not. Help.
To me, a dobby seems to be all the fun bits of weaving, without any of the painful bits. Let us know!

Cindie said...

WhooHoo - so glad it's working for you. I think you'll love that loom. And I'm loving those spring colors you've got on it.

Unknown said...

Yay Hilary!
I am so glad!
I look forward to seeing it in operation!!

Peg Cherre said...

Cool to see it at work. It would make life easier in one way, but I know I can't imagine the time it takes to set it up for each new treadling pattern.

Glad you're enjoying it!

Rain said...

You rock lady!!!!

Anna M. Branner said...

Fantastic! I have woven on a friends AVL, for a moment or two. The set up IS intimidating! So congratulations! And like always I love your colors.

Shine said...

wowee! that is crazy impressive!!
Enjoy!!! Shine

Cait Throop said...

OK you are absolutely Amazing!! :)

Daryl said...


Cupcake Murphy said...

Those colors make me swoon.

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

Good for you!
My AVL is larger and more complicated than yours. I don't use it much and am frustrated by that. Maybe you will inspire me to get to work on mine.
Glad you are happy with your loom.

Suzanne said...

You are amazing! It's beautiful.

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