My First Guest Post! Calm Obsession by Regina Potts

Claw for post
I started guest posting with Regina Potts. It all began when she emailed me with a better way to stretch out the cloth on the loom. I suggested using croc clips in my book, Weaving for Beginners. We’ll be collaborating in future posts. I like her idea, her stories, and the way she thinks.
Here it is in PDF format. Just click the post title below
Weighted Claw Temple by Regina Potts

10 thoughts on “My First Guest Post! Calm Obsession by Regina Potts

  1. This temple seems quite simple, ingenius and easy to use. My concern is that it seems to pull the selvedge at an angle instead of straight on. Does the fell remain straight? The middle pic with tape measure appears uneven at the edge but might be fine with temple tension release. I can’t determine without asking. Might the same system be used over cordingor high impact plied fishing line stretched taut from front to back beam on the far end of the loom sides so the system is parallel to the shafts? Or has that been tried and not doable or perhaps not necessary here? I consider Peggy to be a gifted teacher, enjoy her books and value her recommendations. I would really like to try this.

    • This seems to work for Regina. The distance the cloth needs to be pulled out is the same as the width in the reed. I think her set up should work. The “temple” is moved often and the fell isn’t much on an angle given where she has placed both the fell and the screw eye, don’t you think?

      • I agree it does seem to work for Regina. I have standard and overhead beaters. I am going to try it…preferably using small projects of like on different looms and doc what happens on and off loom to the cloth as well as before and after wet finishing. Moving the temple often also seems like a very quick and easy process with Regina’s process. I am all for easy and efficient methods. Thank you so much for the sharing.

        • Hi Jolly & Peggy,

          Those were all great observations and you are right, the angle of “pull” on the selvedges is not only outward but slightly toward the breast beam. As Peggy mentioned, I kept my fell line fairly close to the front beam and the angle of pull is diminished this way (I also need that configuration to keep an ample weaver’s angle with my weft). I too thought about a screw eye mounting method that would place that first screw eye more parallel to the fell, but I ended up following the inspiration/example of those nice commercial clip-temple systems that are available. I have hemmed and washed/dried my overshot baby blanket and it finished beautifully…very flat and square, and I didn’t notice any scalloping at the selvedges. Not to say that this method will be ideal for all projects or materials, but I loved having the fell more visible during weaving, and the ease of repositioning those claws made frequent cloth advancement effortless! I am so honored to have been invited to share my ideas and love of weaving here. Peggy is gifted and very generous!

  2. Thank you Regina for your response. I, too, like to visualize my weaving as it progresses and doing so with a quick and effortless system makes it so much more pleasurable.
    I also wondered about other materials and different looms because the sweet spot falls differently. The fact that when all is said and done this produces a square and beautifully made piece is very promising. I am going to try it as I stated. I love working with cotton but I do not limit myself to it. All in all I find this very interesting and am pleased and grateful you took the time to share with me.
    Peggy does get high fives for her encouragement and enthusiasm in weaving which not only reinforces the field but weavers interlaced everywhere as well. If fiber weaves our story then it is truly named “A Blessing”. My life is better for it.
    Many thanks.

    • Hi Margaret,
      I was honored to be asked to contribute! I like to make sure that everyone knows that I took inspiration from those clip-temple systems that we see for sale. I just put a different spin on it by using the knitting-machine claw hangers! They really work wonderfully. So many things in weaving have been “handed down” from someone else’s good ideas.

      Thanks for the comment, Regina

    • They are called “knitting machine claw weight hangers” as best as I can tell. I actually found two different sizes and order some of each size on eBay. They still have same items for sale on eBay at very low prices. this information from the writer of the post, R. Potts.

      • Thanks Peggy! As you replied above, they can be located by searching eBay for “knitting machine claw weight hangers”. There are a few different types available, mostly the differences are the number of claw-teeth, width, and length. I ordered a few of each type to see if I had a preference…the difference is very slight, but I do like the wider 4-tooth variety better because I feel that they distribute the outward pulling force more gently at the selvedges. Something else that I discovered is to make certain that you advance the fell line frequently to prevent the sharp teeth from contacting and scratching the shuttle race…a practice that is beneficial anyway!

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