Thursday, October 11, 2012
With a Little Care
From time to time someone will casually mention on a chat group that 'you can't weave unbalanced weave structures on a counter balanced loom'.
Unfortunately they rarely qualify this statement to say that on a cb loom with horses you can weave anything you want to weave. The injunction is mainly aimed at cb looms with rollers like my Leclerc Fanny. And even then, if you have a Leclerc Fanny or Mira and a 'shed regulator' you only need to adjust the level of your warp and again you can weave pretty much anything you want to.
Even on my elderly Fanny without a shed regulator I can still weave an unbalanced weave with a little care. I'm weaving samples for an article for Handwoven and chose to weave a couple of weave structures with 1 against 3 or 3 against 1 lifts/sinks.
The Fanny is much happier lowering 3 than raising 3, but I still managed - with a little care - to get my samples woven - waffle and huck lace. A low profile shuttle would have made things a little easier, but I was too lazy to go to the other loom to get one. A wider warp would have been more of a problem, but for this narrow 10" sample warp, I managed just fine. :)
The photo above shows one shaft being lowered, 3 being raised.
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