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Topic: weaving with multiple sclorosis? (question for my mom, by weaving n00b)  (Read 1470 times)
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« on: March 31, 2007 11:14:59 PM »

My mother used to be very into weaving, but she was diagnosed with multiple sclorosis and using her looms hurts her legs too much.  she's already sold one of her looms, and i'm encouraging her to keep the one that she still has (she doesn't want to sell it, either.)  i ask her from time to time why she doesn't try to weave, or do something to make the peddles easier to push, but i don't know a lot about it.  she said that she can still weave some of the easier patterns that don't require using so many peddles (i'm sure there's a technical term for that) but that they're too boring.  really, i don't know what i'm even asking, but i would like to help her somehow.  it really makes her sad that she doesn't weave anymore, she had been weaving for years, used to teach lessons, etc.  selling her small loom was difficult for her, and i want to help her preserve her passion somehow.  i've suggested knitting, and she said that she should try to start that up again too, so i'm going to get her some knitting stuff with my first pay check from my first job (omg!)

but yeah, sorry for the disorganization of this post.  i just wondered if anybody else has dealt with this, and has any suggestions for me.
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2007 05:17:17 AM »

You could suggest that she try a table loom with hand operated treadles (that's the peddle part.) Here's a link to show you what I'm talking about - http://www.halcyonyarns.com/weaving_tableloom.html. They are pretty expensive, but maybe if she sold her loom that she is using now she could buy one of these...I don't know...just a suggestion!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2007 06:08:22 AM »

UM, I don't weave, but I would think that sufficent lubricant would help the treadles a lot Definately doing something will make the MS easier to handle.  Also, You might be able to rig up something to put the treadles at hand height. hmm   The engineer in me senses a challenge.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2007 08:44:47 AM »

Actually lubricant wouldn't work because most treadles are connected to the harnesses with string. It's just the weight of the harnesses that makes them harder to push sometimes. And if your mom can't do patterns with a lot of different treadle movements I would imagine that is because she would have to be moving her feet from side to side along the treadles as well.
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2007 02:10:11 PM »

the table loom sounds like a really great idea!  i'll ask her about it (vaguely, of course, because such a thing would most certainly qualify as a fiftieth birthday present Wink)  thanks for the suggestion!
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2007 06:54:02 AM »

In the adds of handwoven there is a company that has treadle air assist. Here is their webpage that explains.
http://www.firesidelooms.com/new.html
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2007 06:53:51 PM »

My husband has MS and a big part of his problem is loss of feeling---in his feet (a wonder he is still able to walk) and in his hands ---any extremities, basically. The table loom suggestion may help if this is the problem Heathurr's mom is having. 

Another problem that can sometimes be associated with MS is difficulty concentrating. Perhaps this is a problem?  Heathurr will need to pussy foot around the issue and see if this may be the problem on the more complex patterns---perhaps there is some way you can help her keep a more difficult patttern straightened out?

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