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TempoTreadle on the Voyageur Table Loom

TempoTreadle now is specially fitted on the Leclerc Voyageur table loom.  Special brackets hold the display conveniently for easy viewing.  To see how TempoTreadle attaches to the Voyageur, see this link.

If you are interested in a new Voyageur Table loom, LoftyFiber has the following for sale:

9 1/2" 8 Shaft 

15 3/4" 8 Shaft  (as shown above)

15 3/4" 12 Shaft

TempoTreadle on the Jane Loom

LoftyFiber offers TempoTreadle for the Louet Jane Loom.   There's also special pricing for TempoTreadle if you order it together with a new Jane Loom from LoftyFiber.

See this video for a short look at weaving on the Jane with TempoTreadle.  hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6BEKUuuf_s

 

Jane Loom 

 

 

 

A Video for Getting Started with Fiberworks PCW

We have heard from a few weavers who need to learn Weaving Design software so their drafts can be loaded into TempoTreadle.  I created a short video today for Fiberworks PCW to show some features for doing your first weaving design. 

The video can be found on YouTube:  Introduction to Fiberworks with TempoTreadle

I will try to do some more videos, perhaps for other Weaving Design software as well.  Suggestions for topics are welcome!

 

Workshop with Sarah Fortin - My Handwoven Jacket!

 

I just finished a wonderful three-day workshop with Sarah Fortin and members of the NOBO Handweavers guild in Byfield, Massachusetts.

 It was a terrific workshop with great comraderie.   Each of us arrived with precious handwoven yardage ready to transform the cloth into a jacket or coat.  It was amazing to see the different unique coats from our own choices of fibers, weights, colors, and weave patterns.  

I had woven 8 yards in broken twill using Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18 Laceweight yarn. I used one cone of color Peacock for the warp, and a little less than one cone of Ebony for the weft yarn.  Here's a link if you want to download the WIF and the PDF for the project overview: WIF Files for Jacket Fabric

Closeup of Jacket Fabric

I chose Sarah's pattern for the "Swing Coat".   Originally based on a commercial pattern (since discontinued), Sarah has modified the design to work well with handwoven fabric.   Each of us chose from several of Sarah's designs, and ended up all making either the "Swing Coat" or the "Bias Coat".   

Jacket

 Sarah patiently showed me many techniques to make a very nice garment.  Having sewn very little in the past, this was a real learning experience.  I was surprised how simple it was to finish a seam that looked as good on the inside as on the public side!  

For the bottom of the jacket, I attached a stretchy long strip of bias made from a rectangle of my handwoven cloth.  This was a real brain teaser for me!  Finishing details, such as the cord twisted from my weft yarn really make the jacket special. 

 
 I can't wait to make another jacket.  I'm already thinking of the next fabric to weave!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

TempoTreadle - New Version

TempoTreadle is getting an update!

 

We have decided to switch to a touch screen with color, as well as a faster processor.   We're hard at work to get this new version ready for showing at Convergence in Milwaukee!

 

Our Beta Testers will have the option to upgrade.  At the moment, we are suspending adding new Beta Testers as we get this new unit ready to go.  

Scarf of Lucky Colors

 

Scarf of Lucky Colors

I recently purchased a copy of Pattie Graver's "Next Steps in Weaving".  It's published by Interweave Press, and can be purchased from Interweave, Amazon and many other outlets.  I was surprised to find my copy in a local fabric store.  Maybe handweaving is becoming more commonplace!

This is a very helpful book, especially for newer weavers.  I always like to see technique sprinkled with beautiful projects.   A couple of these call for Jaggerspun Zephyr, which we carry at LoftyFiber. I keep putting on more scarves using Zephyr, loving the yarn in every pattern I try.

Pattie Graver has a pretty one she calls "Scarf of Lucky Colors".  According to Pattie, the colors Indigo, Jade and Aegean blue sell well in Handwovens, thus the name "lucky".  They are colors I love in Zephyr as well, so I may have to make one.

For this scarf, a 100-gram skein in Indigo, and a 50-gram skein in each Jade and Aegean Blue will make a scarf, with plenty of leftover Zephyr!

The project calls for 660 yards of indigo; a 100-gram skein has 1120 yards.   The project calls for 230 yards of each Jade and Aegean Blue; a 50-gram skein has 560 yards. 

Of course you can also buy cones of colors you plan to use a lot!

Another beautiful scarf in the book is called "Hydrangea".   What I love about this scarf is it uses up small amounts of Zephyr that you have on hand, such as from leftover bobbins.

Pattie also feature several projects in Pearl Cotton.  We do carry the UKI Supreme mercerized (pearl) cottons. 

Video of TempoTreadle at Work

Today, I managed to set up two cameras so I could show the screen and weaving together.  This short youtube video shows regular weaving, following a WIF, and making a few mistakes to demonstrate the tones and what happens on the screen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGMfdjXmAVA

 

 

Beta Testing Begins!

Today is an exciting day.  We've tested, tweaked and perfected TempoTreadle over the past few months.  Even in the beginning it was a huge help to know I was following the treadling sequence perfectly.   Now, we've added more wonderful features that truly make weaving a relaxing experience.  I can weave without fear I'll weave too far (such as for the end of a section or piece).  I can weave and be reminded about color changes.  I can even weave without measuring - the system calculates it for me!

If you are interested in becoming a Beta Tester, let us know.  Send me an email at info@loftyfiber.com and I'll get back to you with more details.

Click here for a  PDF describing TempoTreadle.  We hope you'll read it and find it interesting!

 

TempoTreadle! Stress Free Weaving

TempoTreadle is a very unique solution for hand weavers with traditional looms who want just a bit of technology to help make the weaving process more enjoyable, without fear of treadling mistakes.

Here's a picture of the back of my Macomber loom.  As you can see, the little tray with the treadle sensors fits neatly inside the loom, out of the way.

 

 

I have used a couple of software applications that display the treadling sequence.  They are very nice at the start as you “learn” the pattern, but I find it disrupts my rhythm with the need to both look at the screen and press to advance every few picks. In addition, I also have found that I sometimes press a wrong treadle and don’t realize it until an inch or so has been woven.  I do not enjoy unweaving!

I love it when I get into the rhythm of weaving a pattern, but there was always a little anxiety that I was too relaxed and may inadvertently “get lost” or make mistakes.   Thus, a few months ago, my quest to solve this was underway!  I have a background in software development and could imagine a combination of software and hardware that would be just what I needed.  I talked to a friend who loves to work with electronics and software development; he came up with an ingenious device that inconspiciously detects the treadles pressed and combines that with software to follow a WIF (standard Weaving Information File).  When using this, I have it set to alert me with an "error beep" when I make a mistake.  I love not having to look at a screen or paper while weaving.

This is a wonderful device that doesn’t require any modification to my loom and gives me exactly what I wanted.  To date, this is been used on three different looms and works flawlessly!


In early testing, we quickly realized there were a few things we’d need to accommodate.  For example, the software accommodates those tie-ups on certain looms that cause an extra treadle to move when another is pressed.  The software uses the tie-up to determine the intended shafts that are lifted, then uses logic to determine if the treadles detected impacted the correct shafts.  It works! 


The software also accommodates treadling sequences that require more than one treadle pushed at once. You can also ignore “tabby treadles” when weaving something like overshot where the tabby treadles aren’t in your treadling sequence.  In a future version, we’ll test this on a table loom that essentially looks like a direct tie-up. It should work well there as well.

After the first prototype was proven to work, we’ve made a few improvements on the software. The software is now able to display the color code from the WIF, and optionally beep on a color change.  I decided it would be nice to be able to count total picks, total sequences woven, have a free-weaving mode (detecting treadles, but not following a WIF), and to be able to reset where I was in a sequence without treadling through the pattern.  The little device is super easy to use.  It has a rotary dial for a menu, and a place to put in an SD card with your weaving pattern.  It doesn’t require any type of internet connection, just a little power! 


Hardware for TempoTreadle:


1. Small Display Box: Printed from 3-d recycled organic PLA material, the circuit boards are contained within, along with a display and slot for an SD card (so you can load WIF project files).  The box is approximately 5 inches by 3 inches, and can be attached to the loom via Velcro in a convenient spot, such as on the left side of the castle.

 


2. Cables: A neat ribbon cable runs from the display box down to a small power supply and to the floor. 


3. Treadle Sensors: Contained within a narrow track are the sensors for the treadles.   The track is placed under the back of the loom, directly below the treadles.  Small magnets are attached to the ends of the treadles with Velcro or double-sided tape. 


Software for TempoTreadle:


The software is something you never have to load or touch.  TempoTreadle does not require any type of interface to a computer, requires no internet access, and is totally self-contained.  The only interface is the small SD card (like those used in cameras) to transfer your WIF file.

The software is written to accommodate from 2 to 16 treadles at the current time.  The software is “intelligent” in that it recognizes the tie-up and treadling sequence to know if the correct shafts are impacted based regardless of what treadles are detected.


Quick version of how to use TempoTreadle:

  1. Save a WIF file to an SD card using your PC.
  2. Place the SD card into the TempoTreadle Display Unit.  
  3. Select the WIF file, then select WEAVE using the dial on the display unit.
  4. Start weaving! 

 

Tempo treadle will display the previous, current and next treadles expected.  It also displays any treadles detected as they are pressed.  If the treadles are as expected in the WIF, an optional “ok  beep” is sounded.  If the treadles pressed do not equate to the shafts expected, then an error “beep” is sounded.

 

Soon, we'll offer TempoTreadle for sale.  If you have interest or questions, we'd love to hear from you.  Contact me at dawne@loftyfiber.com.

Here's a link to a youtube video of TempoTreadle in action :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH4jA0Jx5mw

 

 

Fulled Scarf with Jaggerspun Superfine Merino

I had the interesting interlaced doubleweave scarf by Madelyn van der Hoogt on my "things I'd like to weave" list for some time.  

I finished it today, and it was a fun quick project as promised!   I'm not certain I completed it in 6 hours, as advertised, but it definitely was fast.   I love the result and will be making more.

You can find this pattern as a free download in an ebook from Weaving Today at  http://www.weavingtoday.com/handwoven-scarves/.

It is also available in the March-April 2009 issue of Handwoven magazine.

I used Jaggerspun Merino 2/18 (Laceweight) as Madelyn's pattern called for.  I used colors Peacock and Teal.  As Madelyn says, this yarn felts like a dream.

Here's a picture of the weaving on my new Macomber loom. It's a little alarming to weave with all those big wide open spaces!

ScarfOnLoom

One note that isn't mentioned in the pattern.  After the first few sections, I decided not to worry about weaving in the ends as I started and ended sections.  Just let them go.  After fulling, it's easy to snip away all errant threads.   The weaving goes really fast, especially when you don't have to weave in the ends.

 

I used a wooden sword from my tapestry loom to space the sections.  Perhaps it was a bit too thick, because I found I got the best results to weave two picks, then slip out the wooden separator, pulling tight the slack at the selvage and gently gently pressing the two picks into place. After that I could quickly weave the remaining 17 picks for the section.

After removing from the loom, I divided the ends of each woven section and knotted close to the weaving.  I twisted the ends on one side, and simply tied another overhand knot about an inch down on the other.  Next time I make this scarf, I will not take the time to twist the fringe.  I think it is advisable to knot it so the fringe will not felt against the scarf.

I followed the instructions by heating water to simmering, then placing the scarf down in the hot water for 4 minutes.  I added the detergent to the pot, put a few inches of hot tap water in the sink then dumped the contents of the pot into the sink.  After stirring with the wooden spoon, and eventually with my hands the scarf felted very easily.

Next I squeezed out the water and rinsed well.  I used some lavendar ph balanced rinse especially for wool items.  Then, after rolling in a towel, I snipped some loose threads, and also snipped off the fringes. 

Here are a couple of pictures of the scarf after fulling.