Yesterday Eric and I had an adventure.
Our adventure concluded with me sitting at my new AVL, 16 harness, A-Series, Compu-Dobby Loom.
Eric and I picked up the loom from Pam Engberg, weaver and teacher at FireWatch Weaver’s in Brimfield, Massachusetts. Pam and I met through the online forum weavolution. For those who do not know, weavolution is a digital community for weavers to meet, share ideas and projects and to problem solve issues they have while working. It is an excellent resource to connect to weavers around the world. Pam and I met over a discussion on articles she had written concerning the different techniques of designing and producing shadow weave fabric.
When Eric and I arrived we immediately got the tour of the loom. It is still something that I will have to sit and learn about all the fine tunings, but there are so many major and tiny improvements over my Kyra loom that it will take my weaving above and beyond what I thought I could do.
There are also other features, such as the fly-shuttle attachment and an extended cloth storage system so instead of wrapping the cloth around the front beam I can just keep sending it to the back. Even though it is a Compu-Dobby I system, there is still a lot I can do with it, and I can still get the software to run the machine.
Temporarily the loom will be stored in Eric’s parents’ basement because my apartment has room for only one big loom at the moment so we are now looking for a studio that I could work from. After we got the loom all packed in the van we drove back and despite having just dissambled this large piece of weaving equipment, we decided to put it back together the same day.
I am a weaver who personifies their looms. My little Schacht has no gender, it is fussy and inconsolable at times- but when it works, it does the job wonderfully So it is “The Baby”. The Kyra loom is large, stubborn, but is a good solid workhorse. She is “Big Momma” because I’m sure she would make it through anything. I don’t quite know how the AVL works yet, but the name “Lola” just seemed fitting. So above is Lola! The newest member of the weaving family.
I can’t wait to sit down and weave my first length of fabric off this loom to show the world.
If you would like to learn more about AVL looms, visit their website at avlusa.com.
Want to see what is happening today in the weaving world? Visit weavolution.com and get involved!
And finally- if you would like to learn more about Pam Engberg and her weaving school FireWatch Weavers, please visit her website here, read her articles, and find out more about this amazing weaver that I have met.
I will keep you updated on my education of how to operate and weave on Lola, the AVL loom! Do you weave on an AVL, what are your thoughts on it?