Friday, June 29, 2018

Introducing, the K-Series Loom

We are pleased to announce the official launch of the world's most advanced handloom for complex weaving, the K-Series Loom by AVL Looms.
Honoring AVL’s tradition of innovation, the K-Series introduces new and improved technologies and design that offer unmatched creative potential. For the first time treadling 40 shafts is not just made possible, it’s made easy. Warp movement works with you as you weave, and adjustments come with the tap of a button. Connecting your laptop, tablet, or phone is straightforward and instant. Technology assists where it needs to, and the weavers’ touch is left to shine.
We'll have two of these on-hand next week at Convergence. If you're attending, come by and check them out for yourself! For folks who can't make it to Convergence, please visit our site, where we have more information now available

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Convergence 2018 and an Important WeaveMaker Announcement

Convergence 2018

July 6-12 in Reno, NV

Can you believe Convergence is only two and a half weeks away?!?!  We’re thrilled that we’ll be in attendance with five looms (including two K-Series Looms) and numerous accessories available to try out in person.

If you’re in the Reno area, come down and visit us in the Vendor Marketplace!  We have day passes available, and can send them out to you in advance.  Just contact us and we’ll get them in the mail.

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 WheelsElectric 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, contact us and mention that you'll pick up the item at Convergence.

We also have a demo-loom available in our pre-sale. This 40” A-Series Loom has 16 harnesses, Compu-Dobby 4.5, an overhead beater with a double flyshuttle box and auto advance.  It’s been a demonstration loom for us for several years, and is in good condition.  This loom is available at 20% off list price, provided that the buyer must take delivery Monday, July 9 after the show ends and will be responsible for transportation from the site. To inquire about this incredible offer, please contact us soon!

We’re looking forward to connecting with conference attendees in a couple weeks!

WeaveMaker Mi and Pro, End of Support

The WeaveMaker team and AVL Looms are preparing to end support of the WeaveMaker Mi and Pro software. This is being necessitated by lack of market interest and planned elimination of 32-bit application support for the Apple Mac OS. With the release of Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple announced the planned termination of 32-bit applications in the Mac environment. Apple’s termination schedule is projected as a warning whenever a 32-bit application is initiated in High Sierra, a more aggressive warning in the next OS iteration (likely coming this summer), and finally disallowing 32-bit applications thereafter. 

End of support for WeaveMaker on the Mac involves three phases and includes: cessation of software updates (effective immediately), stopping of sales (June 30, 2018), and finally the last renewals of time limited license keys (January 31, 2019). For those with time limited licenses, including universities and schools, the next renewals will be the last and the keys issued will be never ending. To renew your license key, please contact us

  • Windows support and sales for WeaveMaker ceased during the 2017 calendar year. For those with time limited licenses in the Windows environment, your last chance for renewals is August 31, 2018. To renew your license key, please contact us.
  • The WeaveMaker ( website will remain up, but it will not be monitored after January, 31, 2019. Attempts to contact the WeaveMaker team through the website will not be answered.

Friday, February 9, 2018

A-Series Assembly Videos--Now Available on YouTube

We're happy to announce that our A-Series Assembly series of videos is now available on YouTube.  The numbers on the video titles roughly correspond to the Basics of Assembly section on pages 7-8 in the recently updated assembly manual (available for download here).  

Sectional Warping Sale

In need of another sectional beam or additional hoops for your existing beam?  Been thinking about trying out a Warping Wheel?  Now is the time!  Now through February 28, save 10% off eligible sectional warping items in our e-shop. Be sure to enter code SECTIONALSALE when you checkout to activate the savings.

School's in Session this April with Jannie Taylor

We have a few seats still available for our April 9-11 offering of Maximizing Your AVL, and lots of availability in WeavePoint for Tied Weaves April 12-13.  These classes are hosted at our headquarters in beautiful Chico, California, and instruction is somewhat customizable, based on student needs identified through a pre-class quenstionnaire.

Maximizing Your AVL is designed for new AVL weavers or for weavers who want to better learn the systems on their AVL looms.  This course 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 the tension box and Warping Wheel), flyshuttle weaving, and use of the Compu-DobbyⓇ. In addition, we include a unit that covers basic use of WeavePoint, our premier weaving software package. 

In WeavePoint for Tied Weaves, Jannie covers the skills necessary for designing any tied weave; from understanding the basic structure of tied weaves to using the many special tools found in WeavePoint to make creating this type of draft quick and easy. 

If you have any questions regarding these or our other class offerings, please contact us and we'll be happy to help!  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pre-Owned Looms Clearance

Starting now, we're offering 15% off of select in-stock, pre-owned looms! Each loom has been thoroughly inspected and comes with a 1 Year AVL Factory Reconditioned Loom Warranty.

This limited time offer is good through Friday, February 23 and eligible pre-owned looms can be viewed here.  To activate the 15% savings be sure to use WINTERCLEARANCE at checkout or mention the sale when talking with your AVL Looms sales rep.