Tuesday, January 17, 2017

AVL Looms' 40th Anniversary

It's hard to believe, but this year is our 40th Anniversary!  Join us over the course of the year, as we celebrate 40 years of innovation.  We'll look back on where we've come from and forward to where we're headed (including some new, revolutionary product releases later this year).  

To commemorate this anniversary, we'll be weaving limited edition AVL towels on one of our Industrial Dobby Looms. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and here on the blog as we document this process step by step. 
40th Anniversary Towel Design

We'd like to thank Jannie Taylor for this lovely design.  Constructed in WeavePoint 8, it's based on some of the design concepts found in Marian Stubenitsky's amazing book Weaving with Echo and Iris.  If you'd like to learn more about these concepts, Jannie Taylor has a course coming up in April and there is still space available (more info here).  We also have Weaving with Echo and Iris in stock here if you're looking for a copy.

More to come soon...  Until then, happy weaving!

Friday, January 6, 2017

WeaveMaker 8 Obsolete

The publisher has announced the end of product life for WeaveMaker 8, and will no longer be supporting it. 

Still running WeaveMaker 8 on your Mac?  Upgrade today to ensure your product is supported!  Upgrades to WeaveMaker 9 are available at our online shop for $117 per license/seat.

While WeaveMaker 9 is not available for Windows users, we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to transition to the recently released WeavePoint 8 for the promotional price of $234 (a $142 savings) and $99 for each additional seat.  To take advantage of this promotional pricing, see our special listing here. This promotional price is available until February 17, 2017.  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stocking Stuffer Special

In need of some last minute gifts?  Look no further!  We have books (including Bonnie Inouye's Exploring Multishaft Design and Marian Stubenitsky's Weaving with Echo and Iris), shuttles, yardage counters and more!
Order by 12/23/16 and use the code 10OFFDEC to get 10% off any products listed here. As an added bonus, all purchases over $25 receive a free Little Weaver tote bag!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Flash Sale

Flash Sale on E-Lift Upgrades

Has treadling become too much?  Our E-Lift can help with that! This quiet device uses a high performance stepper motor and programmable driver to lift the harnesses.  It has two lifting modes, standard and double, and is easy to use. The E-Lift II fits many of our AVL dobby looms and is available in 110V or 220V (single phase).  

Be one of the first five E-Lift upgrades purchased between now and December 23, 2016, and receive 15% off using discount code ELIFT15 at checkout! Details on E-Lift upgrades are available in the listing here.

Friday, December 2, 2016

AVL Weaving School

Course Registration Open Now

January Course Offerings

Join instructor Jannie Taylor for the first of our 2017 course offerings Maximizing Your AVL and WeavePoint for Lace.  Offered onsite at our Chico, California headquarters, the emphasis of these and all of our classes is on collaborative learning and hands-on experience, in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.  We hope you'll consider joining us!

Maximizing Your AVL--January 23-25, 2017

This workshop is designed for new AVL weavers or for weavers who want to better learn the systems on their AVL looms.  In this course, instructor Jannie Taylor will guide you through the design rationale for each system on the loom and will provide special training in its use and maintenance.  Emphasis will be given to sectional warping technique (with both Tension Box and Warping Wheel), flyshuttle weaving, and use of the Compu-Dobby®.

WeavePoint for Lace--January 26-27, 2017

Learn how to create your own lace weave drafts using WeavePoint! In this course, instructor Jannie Taylor will cover the skills necessary for designing in three of the loom controlled lace weaves: Huck Lace, Bronson Lace and Swedish Lace.  Tips and tricks on how to use many of the special tools found in WeavePoint (including the new tools in version 8) will be shared, to help make creating a weaving draft quick and easy.

To sign-up or to view the complete list of our 2017 class schedule, click here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016 Winter Sale on A-Series and Pre-Owned Looms

Been thinking of purchasing a new AVL Loom?   Now is the time!  Take 15% off a new A-Series Loom from now until December 23, 2016.  

The A-Series Loom provides the ultimate definitive complex-pattern handweaving experience.  Utilizing computer-aided design, the A-Series with Compu-Dobby® is available with up to 40 harnesses, 30-72 inch (0.75 to 1.8m) weaving width, flying shuttle, multiple warp beams, rotary temples and auto advancing warp and cloth storage.  To learn more about these features that  make AVL special, visit this page. For more information and videos of the A-Series in action, click here.

A-Series not your style?  We have a variety of Pre-Owned AVL Looms also available.  

Why buy pre-owned direct from AVL?  Every reconditioned loom undergoes a thorough inspection, cleaning and testing.  We replace any component that does not meet specification and offer a one year warranty.

Take 20% off of our Pre-Owned AVL Looms using code WINTER2016 until December 23, 2016.  To see what we currently have in stock, click here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

WeavePoint 8 and Compu-Dobby Upgrade Flash Sale

AVL Announces Release of WeavePoint 8

Exciting news—WeavePoint 8 is now available!  This major upgrade features a new Visual Floats display, improvements to the select option making it easier to use, and a Warp Color Order table.  

Buy the upgrade for only $117 here!

Don't yet own WeavePoint?  The full version complete with a loom driver is available for $376 here.

Here's a list of exciting new features:
  • Visual Floats - This new interactive dialogue in the Analyze menu uses color to highlight floats longer than selected length in the drawdown allowing a quick visual check of the fabric.
  • Extended Select Option – Two ways to select an area of any size in threading, treadling or liftplan grids!
    • Use the command Edit/Select to highlight a selection that extends outside the current screen view. You can then use the commands Copy, Modify, Crop, Expand, etc., on the selection.
    • The second way to make a selection that extends outside the current screen view is to first, make a selection. Then, press the Shift key on the keyboard and click the mouse outside or inside a selection to adjust it's size. You can scroll or pan without cancelling the selection. 
  • Warp Color Order - New interactive dialogue for creating or analyzing a warp color order/colorway. 
  • Translate and Overlay dialogues: There are several handy new buttons for easier grid use and manipulation. In addition, 5 new weaves have been added to the library including Huck, Huck Lace and Turned Bronson.
  • Printing Options  – A Printer Setup dialog will appear each time you print, allowing you to select how you would like to print (rather than having to setup your printer using the separate menu option, as in previous versions of WeavePoint).  
  • Toolbar Icons for New, Undo, Redo, and Edit Colors have been added for easy access to these frequently used features.
  • Multiply Shafts – This tool can help to save you time if you have a computer-assisted loom that works optimally when all shafts are being used. This is a new, automatic way to spread a draft over more shafts than necessary. This can help eliminate the necessity of moving heddles from one shaft to another and will provide for even loom wear. 
  • Insert Treadling – If you need to add a tabby into the treadling, you now can also add the tabby into the tie-up automatically by selecting "Insert tabby in tieup".  This will insert an odd/even tabby on two treadles.
  • Edit Colors – There is a new ability to copy the top line of the color palette. This is useful when creating Colorways.

Special thanks to Linda Davis, ├ůsa Martinsson, Janet Stollnitz, and Jannie Taylor for their assistance with suggestions and testing of the new version.

Compu-Dobby Upgrade Flash Sale

Have an older Compu-Dobby and are thinking of upgrading? Now is the time! Be one of the first five Compu-Dobby upgrades purchased between now and December 23, 2016, and receive 15% off using discount code CD15FLASH at checkout!