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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Floor Model and Pre-Owned Items (Plus, Pre-Owned Loom SALE!)

Did you know that we carry a variety of floor model and pre-owned looms and weaving accessories? Some items come to us as trade-ins, others as a part of a buyback.  Stock is always changing and ranges from warping equipment, to small accessories and, of course, looms. Currently we even have a couple of ready-to-ship Walt Turpening benches at 20% off retail!

Our rotating stock of floor model and pre-owned accessories can be found in our Clearance section here. Looking for a used loom?  You're in luck--we have a ton in stock and they are available to peruse online here.  Our Pre-Owned Looms are on sale for 15% off from now until Friday, March 24, 2017 with code SPRINGCLEAN.