Mechanical Magic: Units and Blocks


Two-hour online class Thursday 13 October 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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Why take this class?

You’ve got yourself a loom with a mechanical dobby: yay! But once the first flush of excitement is past, you may find yourself wondering what you can do with it.

What can you weave? Are there structures that work really well? Or are there things to avoid?

How flexibile is it? Is it ‘less than’ a computer dobby or just different?

In this class – and in the companion class on Zigzags and Curves – I will focus on the strengths of a mechanical dobby loom. I’ll demonstrate how you can work with the structure of the dobby chain to create dynamic and original designs using a variety of weave structures.

What does this class cover?

In this two-hour seminar we will look at

  • the characteristics of unit and block liftplans
  • creating pegplans for twill blocks
  • creating pegplans for summer and winter
  • creating pegplans for huck

There will be a Q&A session and time for informal discussion at the end of the class.

Who is this class for?

This class is for you if you have – or are thinking of getting – a mechanical dobby loom with 8 or more shafts.

If you have a computer dobby loom, then this class is not recommended for you. It might be of some general interest, but it will not give you practical strategies for working with your loom.

You need to have a basic knowledge of weaving draft notation and should be familiar with plain weave and twill. If you haven’t woven summer and winter or huck, then you may find it helpful to look them up before the class, but it is not essential to know the structures well. The principles that I will demonstrate apply to other unit weaves as well.

How will it work?

This class will be delivered via Zoom on Thursday 13 October, 6:30 – 8:30 pm BST (to view in your time zone I recommend this converter). The session will be recorded and the recording made available for 30 days afterwards.

The zoom link will be emailed to you on the Monday before the class. Handouts will be provided as downloadable PDFs.

Book both Mechanical Magic classes at the same time and enter MAGIC at the checkout to get a £10 discount off the total price.

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My loom has

8 shafts, 12 shafts, 16 shafts, more than 16 shafts