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morgaroo
« on: July 01, 2005 01:27:30 PM »

hey ladies,
I have access to a counterbalance loom this weekend and I was wondering if anyone could give me some ideas about patterns ie, treadle combinations for different patterns and effects like twills.  I'm just messing around, but I'd like to have a name for the different things I'm coming up with. 
ps I can't find anything online-any links?
thank you so much!
ps it's a holiday weekend here, or I'd just go to the library.  cheers!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2005 08:47:17 PM »

A few questions:

Most counterbalance looms are 4-harness, but I just want to make sure:  is the one you'll be using 2, 4, or some other number of harness?

Is the loom already set-up, or will you be sleying (threading) it yourself?
 (reason:  set-up determines what patterns you can create)

If the loom is set-up, do you know what draft it is set as?

I don't tend to see many patterns on the web for weaving; I think the main reason is because so many handbooks with hundreds of collections of drafts exist.  Plus, weavers tend to like to experiment a bunch!

Anna Lou
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2005 11:12:13 PM »

I've already got it set up and it's a 6 (4) harness.  I'll get a book tomorrow, just surprised there wasn't more online.  I only ever experiment so I just wanted to be able to label my patterns and finish the current piece off as a sampler.
thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2005 06:42:09 PM »

As long as you document what you did, you can certainly repeat it and also look it up if you don't have a book yet.   One book full of traditional 4-harness patterns is A Handweaver's Pattern Book by Marguerite Porter Davison.

On a side note:  some drafts create different size sheds on a counterbalance.  So, don't worry too much if one shed looks more closed than another.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2005 07:45:38 AM »

whats the difference between a counterbalance loom and a regular one?
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2005 06:22:24 PM »

Well, that depends on what you mean by a regular loom.  One way that weavers classify looms is by the mechanism that raises/lowers the warp threads.  This website gives descriptions of most of what you'd see, but it doesn't have a picture of a counterbalance:
http://www.weavespindye.org/pages/rfts-spr01.html

Counterbalance is one of the mechanisms, some of the others being "jack" and "countermarche".  On a counterbalance loom, the harnesses (the parts of the loom that hold the warp threads and move up and down) are attached to a bar or a pulley system in balanced pairs (sorta like those old scales with 2 pans that hang from a central point).  As one harness goes down, another (its balancing partner) comes up.  One of the better pictures of a counterbalnced loom that I found on the web is at:
http://www.robertcomptonpottery.com/CH-Christine-Homer.htm

This site has a simple diagram of the mechaism:
http://www.cyberfyber.com/about.htm

Please let me know if I need to clarify.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2005 11:21:19 AM »

cool. so i have a jack loom, then, i think. i remember learning about counterbalance looms back in my intro to weaving class but we just touched upon it so i forgot.
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2005 03:00:34 PM »

Jack looms are nice from the compact aspect, to be sure.  I was looking at a few of them not too long ago.  In the meanwhile, I was given an old counterbalance that I'm trying to clean up and bring to full working order.  That's how I learned more about the mechanism.  I'm excited because counterbalances can hold rather tight tensions (aka rug weaving, here I come).
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