Friday, October 27, 2017

Congrats to our Partners Shuttles & Needles and WDL Assembly Videos Released

Congratulations Shuttles & Needles on the Studio Inauguration

Please join us in congratulating Shuttles & Needles, our partners in India, on the inauguration of their new weaving studio!  



On September 9, Shuttles & Needles welcomed people of all ages to attend their new studio and try their hand at weaving, wet felting and needle felting.  Attendees also had a chance to try out the studio's Workshop Dobby Loom (seen below in action).


Traditionally in India, weaving has been practiced only by professional artisan weavers.  By offering drop-in hours and workshops at their new studio, they hope to demonstrate how accessible and enjoyable these activities can be for everyone, no matter their age or profession.  

Congratulations Shuttles & Needles and best wishes to you in your endeavor to share weaving and other fiber arts in your community members!


Workshop Dobby Loom Assembly Videos




We are pleased to announce that we now have some quick, WDL assembly videos available on YouTube here.  These are meant to supplement the manual and act as on-demand quick-reference guides.  For ease of use, they are broken-out into sections and have text overlaid describing each step.  We hope to make more assembly videos available over time, and the A-Series will be our next release once editing is complete.  Thank you Amy for all of your hard work on this project!

We still have a couple of WDL's available in our Holiday Flash Sale--these two looms are 10% off and, if ordered by mid-November, will ship in December!  Contact us today to build your dream WDL and have it in time for the holidays!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WeavePoint Update and WDL Flash Sale

WeavePoint 8.0.1.1

We are pleased to announce that the publisher of WeavePoint has released a small update.  This update adds letters to the list of available symbols in "Yarn Info", expanding your options.  A few other minor adjustments have also been made.

To upgrade from WeavePoint 8, simply revisit the download link previously provided via e-mail.  If you are unable to track down that e-mail, please contact your AVL sales rep here  so we may assist you.

To upgrade from WeavePoint 7 or older, please visit our e-shop to purchase the major upgrade(s).

Workshop Dobby Looms Added to the Holiday Sale (Limit 4)


Great news--we've added four Workshop Dobby Looms to our Holiday Sale at 10% off!   The best part--If ordered by mid-November, these will be ready to ship in time for the holidays in December!!!  To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact our sales department here and they'll work with you to design the WDL of your dreams!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Updated Warping Wheel Crossmaker Instructions Available and 2017 Holiday Sale Starts Now!

Updated Warping Wheel Crossmaker Instructions

Amy is hard at work updating our manuals and instruction packets. The instructions for the Warping Wheel Crossmaker is the latest to be updated, available for download in our AVL Online Library.  Up next, WDL assembly videos and A-Series Manual!

2017 Holiday Sale Starts NOW!


Our holiday sale is up and running!  Similar to years past, we have a variety of smaller items ranging from end feed handshuttles and bobbins, to weaving books and heddle hooks.  We also have a limited number of ready-to-ship accessories to offer this year, including Warping Wheels, Electric Bobbin Winders and Tension Boxes (limit 5 each). To see what's included in this year's sale, please click here and be sure to use the code 10OFFDEC at checkout to take 10% off eligible items.  Sale ends Wednesday, December 13.

To help kick-off our holiday sale, we are giving away one $50 gift card to our e-shop on our Facebook page.  Please click here to visit our Facebook page to learn how you can enter to win!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CE Certification, Manual Updates, Class Availability and Summer Break

CE Certification for Certain Loom Models

AVL Looms Inc. is pleased to announce that we have completed the requirements for our latest CE Certifications for our A-Series Looms, V-Series Looms, Studio Dobby Looms and Workshop Dobby Looms.  We look forward to continuing to work with our European partners and customers to deliver our certified, state-of-the-art looms.

Fully assembled WDL (video how-to coming soon)

Now Available: Revised Workshop Dobby Loom and V-Series Manuals

Amy has been hard at work revising our Workshop Dobby Loom and V-Series manuals, and they are ready for use!  Available for download under the "Manuals, Instructions, and Info" section of our AVL Online Library, these manuals have been thoroughly reworked through the assembly portion,  providing more straightforward and detailed instructions.  The V-Series manual is available in English and French, and the WDL is available in English (the French translation will be up soon). Keep an eye out in the next couple of months for an A-Series revision as well as video instructions, both of which are in the process of being edited.


September Classes Have Availability

Whether you're looking to learn how to use your AVL loom more efficiently or how to further develop your design abilities in WeavePoint, Jannie Taylor can help!  There are still some seats available in our September Maximizing Your AVL and WeavePoint for Twill classes.  Class descriptions are here, and enrollment will remain open for one more week.  Hope you can join us!

Office Closure for Summer Break 8/2-8/20

Our front office will close temporarily for a summer break from Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 20.  This is a new thing we're trying during our slowest month. Please note that we will not be taking technical service or sales phone calls during this time. We will monitor and answer emails on a limited basis. We will also continue taking orders on our website. Unfortunately for them, our manufacturing team will have to remain hard at work building looms. Please plan accordingly. Have an awesome summer!


Friday, July 7, 2017

2018 and 2019 Class Schedule Announced and Flash Sale on Electric Bobbin Winders

Jannie Taylor and Melody Ruth beaming a warp on a sectional beam

2018 and 2019 Class Schedule

We are thrilled to announce our class schedule for 2018 and 2019.  We hope you'll join instructor extraordinaire Jannie Taylor at our headquarters in gorgeous Chico, California for a course or two.  Classes offered include Maximizing Your AVL, WeavePoint for Echo and Iris, WeavePoint for Tied Weaves, WeavePoint for Layers, WeavePoint for Lace and WeavePoint for Twill.  For available dates and more information on our course offerings, please visit www.avlusa.com/workshops/schedule.  

Want to enroll in a course, but don't want to wait until next year?  We still have spaces available in our Maximizing Your AVL and WeavePoint for Twill this September--we hope you'll join us!




Electric Bobbin Winder Flash Sale

We have a handful of Electric Bobbin Winders here, that are ready to ship! Be one of the first five to purchase, and receive 15% off* by using code EBW15 at checkout.

*this discount cannot be combined with other offers/discounts

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Weaving Partners and ANWG Demo Loom Sale





Partners in Weaving--Maria Davila & Eduardo Portillo

We'd like to offer our congratulations to AVL users Maria Davila and Eduardo Portillo, who have been selected for a Fellowship with the Smithsonian.  What an amazing opportunity, and surely an incredible experience!  Please find their announcement below:
Venezuelan textile artists Maria Davila & Eduardo Portillo are off to do a Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHSDM) and National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)
They will conduct research on ways of visualization of the universe andthe creation of imagined Cosmos and how this has been perceived and interpreted in textiles, prints, drawings, objects and graphics. They will explore the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the National Museum of African Art to enrich their actual work focused on imagined worlds.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. On July 1, 1836, Congress accepted the legacy bequeathed to the nation by James Smithson and pledged the faith of the United States to the charitable trust. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 138 million, including more than 127 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History.


ANWG Demo Loom Sale

We'd love to sell our last remaining demo loom (a 40" V-Series loom with 40 Harness, E-Lift and CDIV), so we're doing something outrageous--how's 20% off list price** sound? For more info, please contact our sales team at Sales (at) avlusa (dot) com.
**Buyer must take delivery at ANWG, and GST/PST applies.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ANWG 2017 Announcement (and a Pre-Sale for Attendees!)




Treadle Lightly
ANWG 2017 NW Weavers' Conference
Friday, June 30-Sunday, July 2

We are thrilled to announce that we'll be in attendance at ANWG 2017 in Victoria later this month! The Market Hall is located in the McKinnon Gymnasium on the University of Victoria's campus, and is open to the public.  We invite you to come by our booth to check-out our looms and accessories in person and our expert staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.




Already know you need some things from AVL and want to save on shipping charges?  You're in luck!  Place your order** now for in-stock items, and we'll bring them with us to the conference.  As an added bonus, conference attendees receive a 10% discount!

A list of some popular in-stock items can be found here, including Warping Wheels, Electric Bobbin Winders and End Feed Shuttles.  If you do not see the item(s) you're looking for, please contact our sales department and we'll do our best to accommodate your request, production schedule allowing. To place your order, e-mail sales at avlusa dot com, and mention that you'll pick up the item at ANWG.




Demonstration looms will be available at 15% off
**picture for illustration purposes, not actual looms shown**



We will also have two demonstration looms with us, which are available for pre-purchase** at 15% off (buyer must take delivery on Monday, July 3 after the show ends and will be responsible for transportation from the site).  Specifications below:


To inquire about one of our beautiful demonstration looms we'll have available, please e-mail sales at avlusa dot com.

We look forward to connecting with conference attendees at the end of the month!

**5% GST and 7% PST will apply to items delivered at the conference