Leclerc Dorothy Table Loom Modification

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Pictured below is a modification made to a Leclerc Dorothy table loom.  By attaching these levers to the castle of the loom the harnesses become much easier to operate.  After transportation the harness connectors need to be straightened out.  If the operator allows the levers to simply slap roughly back into place these strings will jump out of their rollers as well…

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And in operation…

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Finishing Ends

I am certain that there is a name for this technique of finishing the ends of the weave, but I do not know it as yet.  My teacher demonstrated this on the end that she started for me.  There are, of course, many techniques that can be employed, but this one is fast and simple and appeals greatly to me as a novice.

This technique is done while the fabric is still on the loom.  This method starts with a length of yarn a couple of times the width of the fabric.  I threaded it into a large wool needle with a rounded end.  I fed it back into the scarf a couple of warp lines from the edge and two waft lines back from the end of the scarf, coming from top to bottom.  Then the yarn is brought to the end of the weave and wrapped around 10 ends, brought back across itself and woven back into the scarf five warps over and two wafts down, and repeated.  Once finished the yarn is then woven back into the waft for an inch or more a couple of threads further into the fabric and trimmed.  And there you have it.  A simple and fast finish to a piece of cloth…

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…On Pins N’ Needles

I already found a need to use pins with figure-eight knots when splicing in new threads on my weave.  Pins.  Pins are definitely needed in my weaving supplies.

But if I am to finish off the scarf using the same method in which my mentor began it, then I need needles too.  None of our needles were large enough to thread the loom yarn used in finishing off my scarf.

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For a few dollars I picked up a variety of tapestry, darning, wool, upholstery, and canvas needles; not sure what will work or what other applications I may need in the future as well?  A couple of good friends even donated some needles to our collection.  These are all good additions…

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This Is A Bobbin Winder…This Is A Bucket

There are several models of bobbin winders.  I got one when I purchased each of my floor looms; I have two.  The first one has a smaller shaft, the second a larger one.  Winding thread for my scarf the other day I discovered that the larger shaft was needed for winding a standard sized spool.  I will have to check today to find out how many spools I have of each size.  Additionally, a relatively heavy bucket comes in handy when taking a bobbin of thread off of a ball of yarn.  Rather than trying to control the ball, when it is placed in a bucket it has nowhere to go.  This is a good thing…when I was winding my warp the other day the thread came off of the cone and before I realized what what going on I had a real rat’s nest to untangle. DSC00008

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Broken Warp Thread? No, But Just As Bad…

When I was originally loading my warp I did not realize that I needed to tie off the warp thread at the ends of the warp.  (Duh!)  So when I loaded my warp on the loom my teacher saw the knot and instructed me on how to use a keeper pin with a figure eight knot, to serve as an anchor, so that when I got to the point of the knot coming through the harnesses, I could then perform a repair.  I am at this point in my weaving today.  Here’s a great video on how to perform this repair…

Nilus Leclerc Jano Beater Pics, Plans, Drawings

The beater on the Jano is not affixed to the loom’s frame itself as later models are.  Instead, the beater is simply set on a piece of round metal stock that protrudes inwardly from the lower cross beams.

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There are likely numerous Jano looms out there that are minus a beater/reed.  Here is an exquisite set of drawings done at my request by Bob Bellaires, whose wife, Jenny, owns a Jano and operates Daisy Hill Weaving Studio.  He made a very well engineered stand with treadles for her Jano loom which can be viewed, here.  On behalf of the weaving community, many thanks!

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Warping Board Reconditioned

A warping board came with the second loom that we purchased last spring.  It was a homemade board, and roughly made, which is really all that anyone needs.  I have the greatest admiration for people who make their own weaving equipment/tools on any level…

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There was a problem…the pegs were loose.  I used it a couple of weeks ago for the first time.  The more warp I loaded the more the pegs bent toward the centre of the board.  This condition did not render it unusable, but it made for the warp to want to work its way off the pegs as I progressed.  I knew it had to be fixed; it was too good to throw away.  I began by removing finishing nails that held the pegs in place.  The nails were too small a diameter to do any real mechanical good, I’d have to replace them with larger diametre common nails on the rebuild, which while not as aesthetically pleasing, would actually exert a great deal more mechanical advantage.  I planed the disassembled frame itself.  Then I dadoed the ends to form an actual joint at the corners which would stop it from transforming from a rectangle into a parallelogram, and consequently of compromising the warp while it is in the process of being loaded.  I trimmed the original wood glue off of the pegs, mixed epoxy, coated the holes, set the pegs back into place, and used new 2″ common nails in new pilot holes to anchor the pegs.  Overnight the epoxy solidified nicely.  I also trimmed the bolts in the corners to a shorter length so that they would not interfere with loading any warp in the future.  I started treating it with boiled linseed oil, which dries to a hard finish; it brought out some of the beauty inherent in the wood on this board.  This frame will be hung on the wall in the Weaver’s Loft once it is ready to house weaving equipment.  I am really pleased with how this turned out…simple and beautiful.  Certainly an example of all that is needed to start to be successful in weaving.  I will build another warping board that is heftier and which will accept a larger warp this winter.

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Sorting Threads And Yarns

Cotton – Orlon – Linen

Last night I sorted all threads, yarns, and cloth that I had received with the two looms I purchased last winter/spring.  Better aware of what these are I disposed of lesser quality products.  I was quite happy that I had as many warp threads as I do.  There is a preponderance of cotton.  There are a few spools of orlon, and four of linen.  Most of the coloured thread is cotton, with some wool and synthetics.  I have a good amount of waft wool from Holland.  The cotton spools will be good for me to practise on this winter before I move into wool.  Again, quite a haul of free materials; it seems that when people want to get out of weaving, they are happy to get rid of everything.  Which can be good fortune for those who are buying used looms

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