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

Friday, May 19, 2017

40" A-Series Flash Sale

We have one 40" A-Series Loom that's partially built and looking for a new home!  This loom is offered at 15% off list price (until June 2, 2017), and can be customized to your liking.  You can choose from a bottom-slung or overhead beater, 16 or 24 harnesses, and can decide if you'd like one or two beams (plain or sectional).  It's estimated that this will be ready to ship in August.  Please contact our sales department at sales at avlusa dot com or (530) 893-4915 x232.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Compu-Dobby IV, 4.5 and Little Weaver Firmware Update

The Problem
The symptom is that the Compu-Dobby will on, rare occasion, not advance to the next pick. The failure to advance occurs randomly, but typically once every several hundred picks. On older Compu-Dobby IV & 4.5s this may appear as the next lift will lift nothing (positive dobby) or all harnesses (negative dobby). With newer Compu-Dobbys the error will manifest itself as the next lift will repeat the last lift for both positive and negative dobbys. The electronic noise originates outside the Compu-Dobby on the USB line or interference induced on the sensor lines. 

The Solution
AVL has released new firmware that reduces the chance of noise affecting Compu-Dobby operation. The new firmware uses more advanced error avoidance techniques and theoretically reduces the chances for errors by at least an order of magnitude. In practice, the new firmware appears to altogether eliminate the errors as we have not encountered the error after many thousands of picks.

How to Upgrade
If your Compu-Dobby IV has never exhibited this issue, we do not recommend updating firmware at this time. For those that have observed the issue, you will need to send us either the processor or the Compu-Dobby for updating.  AVL will perform the firmware update for free, but the customer must pay for any shipping related costs. Please contact AVL technical support here to receive return authorization prior to send anything to AVL.

Compu-Dobby 4.5 and Little Weaver customers may update their firmware using AVLUpdate and by downloading the latest version of the firmware from the AVL website in our library, with a direct link to the download here. Please note that all Compu-Dobby 4.5 sold after August 2016 have the newest firmware already installed.  

There are two compatibility considerations for this update. WeavePoint requires version or newer and Fiberworks requires version Silver (PC) or Silver 1.2.3 (Mac). Please contact AVL technical support to update WeavePoint, and Fiberworks directly to update Fiberworks. All versions of AVLDrive will work with the new firmware.

Monday, February 27, 2017

40th Anniversary Towels and the *New* Revolution Counters

40th Anniversary Towels--Sampling and Warping 110 Yards

Have you ever woven a 110 yard warp?  Neither have we.  For our 40th Anniversary we decided to challenge ourselves and our products a little.  Join us as we experience the highs and lows that come with taking on a project of this magnitude!

10/2 Mercerised Cotton from Shuttles and Needles

Early last month we received our boxes of yarn from Shuttles and Needles in India.  The 10/2 mercerized cotton was soft and shined in the sun.  The colors were bright and vivid.  Right away we shipped some to Jannie Taylor so she could whip up some samples on her loom, as we wanted to see how the structure and sett would work out in real life.  

Samples woven by Jannie Taylor, Yarn from Shuttles and Needles

Once sampling was complete, it was time to get to work on the actual warp! We had the pleasure of hosting Jannie Taylor and Melody Ruth earlier this month, when they came to measure and beam our 110 yard towel warp.  The 10/2 mercerised cotton we had to work with came in 200g cones.  To facilitate speedy warping via cone racks, most of the 200g cones were split in half so there'd be enough for the pattern's requirements. Empty cones and pirns were used to hold the yarn, and our Electronic Bobbin Winder with Auto-Tensioner and Yardage Counter were used to measure and wind.

Winding cones using Jannie's homemade attachment on our
Electronic Bobbin Winder, Auto-Tensioner and Yardage Counter
Once the cones and pirns were ready, a track and mount system, cone racks and a tension box were used.  Due to the high sett, one and a half cone racks were used to accommodate all of the yarn needed for the 2" sections.

Yarn ready to be wound-on
It's coming together now!  
Sleying the reed on the tension box

Jannie adjusting the settings on the tension box

Winding the warp on went surprisingly quickly, thanks in part to the revolution counter Jannie and Melody used (more info below). Most sections took about 15 minutes to wind-on!

No counting was needed, since one of our
Revolution Counters was used to monitor progress.
Overall, the beaming process went relatively smoothly aside from one hiccup (the final section got a little wily and jumped the hoop a few times, so it had to be re-wound).  

Jannie observes while Melody winds-on the final section

We are incredibly grateful to Shuttles and Needles for supplying the superb yarn and to Jannie Taylor and Melody Ruth for their time and expertise.  In our next project update, we'll look at how the warp was threaded and how testing goes on the IDL, as we get closer to 110 yards of 40th Anniversary Towels.  Until then, happy weaving!

*New* Revolution Counters

Our reworked Revolution Counters are better than ever!  Featuring a redesigned look and updated with a digital counter, these now fit on any AVL Loom with a track and mount system.  Simply bolt the revolution counter to the track and mount arm, apply the magnet to the beam's drum, turn it on and you're ready to go! Here's a link to a brief video showing one in action.