In March of this year I decided to buy a Tempo Treadle from Lofty Fiber to create error free weaving on my Baby Macomber loom. So what is Tempo Treadle ? It involves adding magnets to your treadles, (attached with velcro), that are detected during weaving by a sensor array strip placed below the treadles. The array strip is connected via a ribbon cable to a “System Unit” or small computer with display that sits on the castle.
So what does the System Unit do? WIF files containing the weaving design are uploaded to the system unit, which also contains the system software which is customized for your loom type and model. The unit can be used to track threading also showing warp thread colors and progress. If you stop before completing your progress your place will be saved. It will list harnesses that should be tied to treadles. Allowing double checking for tie-up errors. Tracking weaving and detecting errors is my motivator to purchase.
When I chose to weave more complicated weaving, often it resulted in undetected errors or ones that required a lot of unweaving. I was beginning to wonder if it was still rewarding to weave. The Tempo Treadle has brought joy back to my weaving. It beeps when the correct treadle has been depressed and released during weaving. A different sounding beep is heard when the wrong harness has been depressed and released. These sounds can be adjusted or turned off. It will save my position when stepping away or turning the unit off. It allows me to now weave a long complicated treadling. The above picture of a woven Bateman Blend fabric has a treadling repeat of 104, including the tabbies.
Currently it is not available for all types of looms. The sensor array is loom specific, but the System Unit which is purchased separately from the array can be used on any loom that has a Sensor Array on it.
When I started this journey with Dawne and Barry from Lofty Fiber a Sensor Array had not been designed specifically for the Baby Mac. They had me make many measurements to determine placement of the sensors and Sensor Array strip to customize for the Baby Mac. The loom needed to be placed on raised legs to create space for the array under the treadles? This is only done for some loom types. The array is bracketed to the side supports so it does move. The only draw back with this arrangement is that to move the loom requires removing the Sensor Array and brackets and legs. There are many additional features to the Tempo Treadle I have not discussed that ease the weaving process, click on TempoTreadle.com to learn more.
Now to get the other 4 harnesses that I have on order for my Spring loom, then a Sensor Array can be added to it for error free, stress free weaving too.
What a great addition to your Baby Mac, Barbara!
D’Anne thank you. Hope to see you at WOW next week.
104 treadle repeat?! OMG. I can lost in a 12 treadle pattern. This is a very slick innovation–I can see why you’re excited!
I very rarely attempted to do a long repeat having found my limitations years ago. Weavers in my study group were doing echo and Iris which one look told me it was not going to work for me.Now that is the next project in waiting.
Amazing! Thanks for sharing!!!
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I remember you mentioned this device when you got your new loom. Sounds intriguing especially if it can be shared between multiple looms.
Katie, The way they is one set price for System unit(computer module) and a separate price for the Sensor Array, with that price based on loom and number of treadles.
How interesting to read your review of the tempo treadle! Lofty Fibers just moved near to me in SC a year ago! I’m so pleased to live near a weaving store.
I noticed that you just started following my blog…..which has moved! You’ll find me at twistedstars.com. I’m having some difficulty with the GoDaddy site but am working on it.
Deb, I love my Tempo treadle so much that I have purchased sensors for all my looms ( Spring, Jane and Baby Macomber ) I highly recommend Lofty Fiber and their innovative products for weaving.