Dress Your Loom the Swedish Way
An in-depth study of time honored techniques
[Vävstuga Press, 1998. VHS or DVD, 120 minutes.]
I have produced this instructional
video on how to dress a loom as I was taught at the legendary Sätergläntan
Hemslöjdens Gård craft school in Sweden. This two-hour video
is packed with detailed instruction and has lots of close-up views of hands-on
The following chapters are indexed for quick reference:
- Winding the warp
- Preparing the loom
- Preparing the warp for beaming
- Beaming the warp
- Threading the heddles
- Sleying the reed
- Tying the warp to the front of the loom
- 4-harness counterbalance tie-up
- Multi-harness counterbalance tie-up
- Damask pulleys
- Tying the treadles with knots
- Countermarch tie-up
- Introduction to weaving
Save yourself a trip to Sweden with this video! ... Though
Swedish equipment is used throughout, many of the steps can be adapted to
other looms. ... Very clearly explained and expertly demonstrated.
--Unicorn Books review
This is an excellent video. It shows clearly the method that Ashenden
so expertly explains. It is precise and complete, and it is especially important for those
with Swedish looms who need information about how best to set up and work with their looms.
In two hours, Ashenden makes the viewer feel as if she or he has had an introductory course
at a Swedish weaving school. It will be a great addition to a guild or personal library.
--Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot review
Your video is so well-done, that I feel I can set up this loom & sit down & weave with confidence.
--N.A. in RI
As I played your video tape, I felt as if you were right in my living room. ...
Your students will find it a delightful review as well as a comfortable reassurance in their own homes. I enjoyed it
immensely. The directions were clearly explained and demonstrated. Well done!
--E.T. in NY