Equipment and Ideas
Here is where I will post various ideas, innovation or resources for useful equipment, or books.
(5/21/2018 ~ updates)
Everything you might need to know or try, to find your best set of procedures for warping the TC-2. There are 3 books in this series. I own them all. They are worth every penny. I refer to these 2 for winding and warping. The warping book seems to be only available for download currently...
Warping Your Loom and Tying on New Warps
I got mine here:
You can go to Peggy's website or Amazon
Winding a Warp and Using a Paddle
A spring and an S hook
I'm not the only one enamored with S hooks. They are my little darlings. Although you may thread only once or twice, I have found this little system to be crazy awesome. The spring holds threads you have just threaded to the side while you reach past the heddles to the lease sticks. The S hook holds groups of threads to the side in slip knotted bundles so they don't get rubbed back into the heddles when you reach forward.
I resisted for years....and then I tried one for more than a few picks. Once I got the hang of it, I found that my weaving was better and my selvedges were better. The beater on the TC-2 will get scratched up if you use a temple where the prongs are pointed down- so use one like this. We've also experimented with alligator clips, cords and bagged weights.
I do use a variety of shuttles. However, the bulk of my work is with end feed shuttles. This is not a requirement for working on the TC-2 - it is a preference. I use this image a lot - partially, I will admit because I often hear exclamations and it makes me feel like a badass. I also refer to this image as "The view from crazy town"- but in fact, it should be called the "View from Orderville".
It represents the way I like to operate. Temple in place, the shuttles lined up, threads pulled just so thru the tension devices, 2 tables at my hips a notebook with pen and tester. The beautiful little shuttles are my jewels. They are used almost exclusively for supplementary wefts- even though I could use anything. The end feed shuttles I use are from schacht- I prefer the 12 inch ones.
The smaller shuttles are Bluster bay from a variety of vendors. The shed on the TC2 is a bit lower than other looms- so those bigger boxy shuttles don't fly thru with ease.
Electric Bobbin Winder
I use 3 forms of light when I weave. I have a swing arm lamp clamped to the loom frame, overhead lights in the studio and these under-frame LED strip lights
The images here are from various loom installations and the tools/methods they are using to beam their warps.