Sally has been weaving and building weaving tools since childhood. She earned a B.A. in Mathematics Education from Arizona State University and a M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her M.F.A. graduate project described the immigration experience through woven sculptural headdresses, using a unique structural three-dimensional weaving method that she invented. Her work has been featured in the Complex Weavers Journal, Handwoven, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. In addition to weaving, Sally both renovates and builds looms, and does glass casting. sallyeyring.com/looms-and-tools
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Building Your Own Draw Loom
Draw looms come in three varieties: shaft draw, single unit draw, and saved lashes. But what if you can’t decide which kind you want? How would you like to have all three types in one loom? This seminar gives detailed information and measurements to turn a simple countermarch loom into a draw loom with all three draw possibilities, and one on which the three types can be used all at the same time.
The conversion can be accomplished, typically, without making structural modifications to the base countermarch loom and with only the addition of 4 drilled screw holes. Materials and sources are discussed. The goal of this seminar is to provide the information needed to convert your own loom with simple tools such as a drill, a saw, screw drivers, a wrench, etc.
Loom Interventions – Making That Loom Work For You!
Sally describes the many and varied loom interventions that she has conducted over the past five to eight years. The looms that are discussed vary in size and complexity from children’s looms to a 32-shaft computer dobby loom that was built on top of a Swiss countermarch loom. In addition to loom modifications, the construction of various weaving tools is covered including a warping mill, electric bobbin winder, various small tools, and warping trapezes.
Integral to the modification of any loom is the subject of loom mechanics. Sally will briefly discuss loom mechanics as it relates to different types of looms and to the modifications she has made to her looms, and also discuss the loom modifications she has made that allow her to weave 3 dimensional shapes.