Our April meeting was held on a Saturday instead of the first Wednesday evening of the month. We met at Gayle's home because, while she awaits the delivery of her new loom, she has enough space to set up five Schacht floor looms, the favorite of our guild members. The sixth loom is an eight-shaft table loom.
This is the culmination of a year-long study of profile drafts, which we evaluated by breaking into interest groups according a style of weave, e.g., summer-and-winter. We've been trying to put a face on profile drafts and now we're putting what we've learned to work. Each loom is warped for one of the weave structures and then everyone is invited to try the looms. Sally is trying turned taqueté and liking it very much.
This loom is warped for an eight-shaft turned twill. The idea is that each drawdown represents a profile draft. The lovely thing of Schacht looms is the little stick in the middle that holds the directions. This is Nancy's new loom that she just got and warped up for us today.
This direct tie-up Wolf Pup is warped for huck lace, which doesn't seem to lend itself readily to profile drafts. It took a lot of attention from four seasoned weavers to finally get the correct treadling. But collaboration is part of the fun in weaving.
Collaboration goes for loom maintenance as well. Two looms needed a little mid-session tweaking. It's good for the new weavers to see this kind of problem solving - a learning experience I'm sure they hadn't anticipated today.
The eight-shaft table loom was a collaborative effort too. We decided that it takes three people to create a smooth weaving experience: One throwing the shuttle, one to flip the levers on the top to raise the harnesses and one to read the draft to the one working the levers. We took turns with this and instead of being a frustration, it was quite fun.
This Wolf Pup is warped for summer-and-winter. Nancy got the draft figured out and then walked me through a turn on it. Most of the looms were warped in rayon so this one warped all in wool was a fun departure and I thought the stick shuttles were interesting too.
This was a four-hour program with a break for lunch and also for a guild meeting. The rest of the time we milled around, sampling the different warps and the treats in the kitchen.
I am confident when I say - a good time was had by all.