My Louet Spring has been in the studio for a couple of months, and it was ready for it’s third warp this weekend. I have been wanting to do some doubleweave and had admired the Finnish Doubleweave Placements by Marty Benson in the Handwoven March/April 2017 issue. I also had several cones of leftover Venne Organic 22/2 Cottolin from another project that I thought would be good to use on this short 4-yard warp.
This project called for an 8-dent reed, and I realized I didn’t yet have one for this width loom. I used a longer reed that protrudes a few inches on each end. But it works!
The warp went on easily. I threaded using TempoTreadle and didn’t make any threading mistakes. However, I somehow managed to wind two few threads on one end. I guess I had trouble counting to 16! I weighted replacement warp ends from the back of the loom.
I am still getting used to the tie-up on the Spring countermarch. It’s not hard, but takes twice as long as the Louet David, for example, since I have to tie each of the 12 shafts to each treadle. I figure it counts as a workout with all the crawling and stretching for the Lams.
If you have looked at the pattern, you might notice it’s an 8-shaft pattern. When entering my WIF in weaving design software, I decided to substitute shafts 9, 10, 11 and 12 for 5,6,7 and 8 for a number of the sequences “5,6,7,8” throughout the draft. It’s easy to copy the tie-up for 5,6,7 and 8 and paste it onto the extra 4 shafts. The treadling, of course, used the original 8 as per the pattern.
When threading, I noticed that a couple of the colors were too close for comfort on the screen. Since TempoTreadle is all about helping you avoid mistakes, I decided I better change the color in the weaving software to have a little more contrast before I started to weave. When making a change to a draft you’ve already loaded, just change the Quick Load option to “N” when loading the new version into TempoTreadle.
When I started to weave, I realized I hadn’t turned off the color change alerts. Since picks alternate between brown and another color, I was getting a color change beep on each pick. I looked at the draft and realized that each “real” color change occurred on treadle 4. So I turned off color alerts on each treadle except #4. That worked great!
The thing I find most different about weaving on the Spring as opposed to the other Jack looms is that the treadles sometimes stay down once I lift my foot and don’t come completely up until I press another treadle. While weaving, that’s not a problem. In fact, the weaving is so easy and light that I am starting to love the Spring. That treadle action (or lack thereof) doesn’t bother me until I stop weaving! Sometimes the last pressed treadle just sits there after I move my foot. I want that last pick to register in TempoTreadle, so I barely tap another treadle to cause that last pressed treadle to rise and the shed to close; now TempoTreadle registers that last pick.
Now the weaving is easy! I think these will be nice as everyday placemats. I can either use the bold colored side or the back that’s dark brown with little spots of color. Note – after I wove the placemats, I looked back at the original article in Handwoven and realized that Marty Benson intended for what I called the “back side” to be the front. Either way works!