Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Toika Tour

I thought I'd show a few more detailed photos of the loom note that I am more acquainted with it. 
Front of Dobby Unit
This is a photo of the front of the dobby that runs the loom. This system offers three weaving modes. Fast mode closes the shed on one pick and opens the next one by pressing the pedal. Slow mode opens the shed with one press of the pedal and closes the shed with another press. Normal mode allows the weaver to keep the shed open as long as the pedal is depressed.  

Back of Dobby Box
Here is what the back of the dobby unit looks like.

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The cords run out the back of the loom and down the side and are routed to an electrical outlet.

Computer running the loom
The Computer is what sends the treading sequence to the dobby which then raises and lowers the sheds.

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There are no treadles or tie ups with this loom. All sheds are created with this foot pedal.

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Here is a photo of the back of the loom.

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A photo showing the right side of the loom.

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There is not a foot controlled brake. The warp beam is controlled by turning the crank on the top. To advance the warp (I have to say to myself - lefty loosy) turn counter clockwise, to tighten, (righty tighty) turn clockwise. To advance the cloth beam you lift on the lower crank. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

First project on the Toika


Toika's first project
I killing 2 birds with one stone today. Using up odds and ends of 5/2 and taking the Toika for its maiden run! 
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The white area is plain weave and the colors are 3/1 twill. Here’s a photo from under the loom to give you a better idea. 
There will be 5 towels from this warp.  I must say - this new loom is quite awesome!  It's a Toika Eeva 24 shaft computerized loom.   

Friday, May 4, 2012

The Toika is built!


Tioka Eeva - 24 shaft
Side View of the Toika Eeva
Toika from the back
From the back of the Toika
Toika, Delta, Megado, AVL, Glimakra
The weaving side of the Studio
We're off to the city to get a surge protector and a foot rest for the foot control and the Toika will be ready to roll! A warp has been wound and will be wound on Sunday. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I do believe spring is here!


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Everywhere you look - butterflies!  Was today "National Butterfly Hatching Day"?
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I've already figured out where these guys are living around the buildings!  Every year a new  hiding spot  - at least they think they are hiding!