Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Beauty of the Loom

This is a photo of my 40" AVL loom loaded with the previous warp. I put the selvedges and the twill borders on the upper beam. The body of the warp, a rayon thick and thin yarn, is on the bottom beam. I have four beams for this loom: a 1" sectional, a 2" sectional, and two plain beams. I can use them in any configuration. Different weave structures, i.e., twill and tabby, "take up" or weave at different rates. Having more than one beam allows you to tension the beams differently so that the weave that takes up faster doesn't make a boa constrictor on the loom. This is especially important when you weave longer and continuously. 

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