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Published: 01 July 2017

By Andy Ross

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It's the little things...

As in so much of life, it is the little things that make all the difference...

Warping up our big loom, Alvin, alwyas takes time. The warp threads have to go on the back beam before being threaded through the heddles and reed at the front, and this takes some time. But it has been the threading that really takes time. So imagine how delighted I have been to discover a much quicker way of threading. Isn't it amazing how solutions to problems come when we are not thinking about them much at all?

Previously we have used masking tape to keep all the threads in the right order. They have to come off the back beam and to the front in a straight line otherwise they will break and cause problems so we tape them at the back once we put them on and then remove each one from the tape before threading it through a heddle. Today, while threading up, a brainwave hit! When we had taken dlivery of Alvin there was a contraption attached to the loom which we removed because it did not seem to serve any purpose that we could see. Suddenly it occurred that maybe this was a way to keep the threads in order, and indeed it is! It will make the job so much quicker and easier because we will not need to fiddle with sticky tape and run the risk of losing the order. This contraption introduces a simple cross in the threads which keeps everything in order. 

I guess what I am saying is that it is never too late to learn! Now our cloth will be much quicker to make and the process will be tidier too.