November 01, 2011

Computer-controlled Loom at the Silk Weaving Studio

At the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island I saw a weaver operate a computer-controlled loom.  She treadled once and that action advanced the pattern programmed into the laptop and set in motion whatever heddles were supposed to rise or fall and create the shed.  Throwing picks and beating the shed were still controlled by hand.

The yarn was very fine and dyed in many subtle shades.  The warp was very long; the weaver said that quite a few different scarves would come from it.

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