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20Mar/150

Introducing the Fusion Engine

We have built a drum carder. It is called the Fusion Engine and to be honest, I think it is pretty amazing!

Fusion Engine left

The Fusion Engine left hand side

 

Fusion Engine right

Fusion Engine right hand side

 

It is packed full of features and innovations that make this drum carder incredibly versatile and easy to use.

Many of the design choices are focussed around creating a machine that does not require cleaning. The drums have special edges that minimise the possibility of fibre wrapping around the axles while packing fibre on to the drum right out to the edge. The drums are interchangeable and we will be building drums with different cloth so you can use finer or coarser cloth depending on what you want to do.

Fusion Engine magic drum

Fusion Engine magic drum

 

It has an integrated gearbox that uses actual gears and these are hidden in the side of the carder. The ratio runs at 8:1 so there is considerably more blending of fibre that goes on compared to machines that run at 3:1 - 4:1. The gears are always positive and will never slip and being integrated into the side of the carder means there is never any clogging of fibre around the drive mechanism.

Fusion Engine gearbox detail

Fusion Engine gearbox detail

 

It has a movable feed tray that you can slide back and forth depending on whether you are working with fine fibre or something a little more raw.

This is just a basic introduction to the Fusion Engine. If you want to discover more, read about it on the Majacraft web site here.

We have the freely downloadable manual for the Fusion Engine which also has plenty of fibre preparation tips

Fusion Engine manual

Fusion Engine manual


Suzy Brown of Woolwench has written a review of a pre-production machine on the Fibery Goodness web site and you can find it here.

If you are interested in a Fusion Engine then I suggest you contact your dealer promptly. Orders for the first run of machines are filling fast!

Until next time
Andrew

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2Nov/140

CHANGELOG – 2nd November 2014

Yep, I have been at it again! We get quite a bit of spam through the wheel registration page (no, we don't need any Viagra thanks!) so I have focussed the recent updates to improve this situation

CHANGELOG

REGISTRATION
updated the registration form fields
modified the page to include Majacraft products rather than just wheels
added detailed cross checking validation of the registration numbers
updated the way the Majacraft database is accessed for improved reliability and security

Until next time

Andy

 

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16Sep/140

Double Heddle Weaving Mounts for the DHL

If you are interested in double heddle weaving on the Dynamic Heddle Loom, we offer some really useful little mounts to support the heddle during the warping of the loom. They have little metal discs so the magnets in the heddle will stick to them and nylon bumpers to set the angle to make warping as simple as possible.

Double heddle mounts

Double heddle mounts


 
You can learn more here Double Heddle Weaving Mounts

Double heddle mounts on loom

Double heddle mounts on loom


 
Double heddle weaving by Annick Keters

Double heddle weaving by Annick Keters


 
Until next time

Andy

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12Sep/140

CHANGELOG – 12 September 2014

I spend quite a bit of time working on the Majacraft web site. Whether it is adding new features, writing pages, updating content, linking to others content or having a conversation like we have in the blog, there is a lot going on behind the scenes.

So I got to thinking. In the past, I make changes and then hope that people magically find them and appreciate the improvements along the way. I recently realised that unless somebody is carefully paying attention (like me), then the useful changes or new products are likely to be overlooked.

I need to write a CHANGELOG that documents and improvements to you can see what new stuff there is to play with. So here it is!

CHANGELOG

FIBRE - Added fibre prices
http://majacraft.co.nz/fibre/fibre.php

WEAVING - Modified the menu structure of the weaving section - particularly in relation to the accessories

WEAVING - Put the Dynamic Heddle Loom Carry Bag on its own page
http://majacraft.co.nz/weave/carry_bag.php

WEAVING - Added the double heddle Weaving Mounts
http://majacraft.co.nz/weave/heddle_mount.php

WEAVING - Added new Circular Loom getting started tutorial (PDF)
http://www.majacraft.co.nz/resources/tutorials/getting_started_1.01.pdf

New banner on all pages

I hope this is informative and useful

Until next time

Andy

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11Sep/141

Another circular loom tutorial!

One of our new developments with the circular looms is in the packaging. They are now packed on a sheet of cardboard and sealed with plastic. I have also written a basic introductory tutorial to get weavers started which is to be included with all the circular looms that go out now. It can now be downloaded for free from the web site if you are interested.

My hope is that it is simple enough to help younger weavers to get started so let me know if you think improvements could be made.

Getting Started with the Circular Loom

Getting Started with the Circular Loom cover

 

You can download it here Getting Started with the Circular Loom - Concise Version

Until next time

Andy

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28Aug/143

Excellent video introduction to the Majacraft Aura

Over the years we have learned that sometimes people can feel a little intimidated or confused by how to use the tensioning system on the Aura and Overdrive heads. It is really simple to say "oh its easy, just turn that knob", sometimes the practicality is not so easy to follow. A video however is far superior to demonstrate this and we are exceptionally lucky and grateful to Suzy Brown of Woolwench for putting together this instructional video. If there is anything you are puzzling about with the tensioning, this is likely to help make things much clearer.

It explains in really simple terms the effect of moving the green drive band, the black bobbin drive band and adjusting the black band tension too. I am certain that after watching this, spinners will have much more confidence and control over what they can create.

Thanks Suzy and I hope spinners out there enjoy the video

Until next time

Andy

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29Jul/142

Interstellar fibre

Terra

Terra

 
We now offer dyed 18.9 micron Merino fibre from the South Island of New Zealand. It is combed top and is very easy to spin. The fibre is hand dyed in small batches and comes in nine different colour variations. We have given these fibres a very interstellar flavour with names taken from planets in our solar system. Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Terra, Mercury, Neptune, Luna, Saturn and Ceres and the choices available.

Mars

Mars

 

Neptune
Neptune

 
You can find them on the Majacraft web site here Merino fibre.

Visit your dealer where they can be ordered in 100gm bags.

Until next time
Andy

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26Jul/140

The Warp Speed competition

Warp speed competition
Warp speed competition

 

As a celebration of the release of Warp Speed and the coming release of the new 180mm mini circular loom, we have a competition for you.

Create a warping pattern using the pattern key and the template presented in Warp Speed, then share it and your weaving on the Circle Weaving Facebook group and be in the draw to win one of four new mini circular looms!

As a suggestions, try to put together something interesting/innovative/unique/useful/pretty. Winners will be selected at random so have a go and you might get a freebie!

The rules are these (and please don’t get too technical or uptight, this is supposed to be fun :-) )

You have until midnight GMT 30th August 2014.

It is only open to members of the Circle Weaving Facebook group so join the group if you are not already a member
(https://www.facebook.com/groups/circleweaving)

You must share it on the group. We like sharing knowledge rather than hoarding it here J (share pictures of the PATTERN and the WOVEN ITEM)

We would like to be able to put together interesting patterns into another tutorial that would get shared for free – you would of course be acknowledged for your contribution. Everybody wins then!

If you do not have a circular loom, print out the template and use that to make one out of cardboard. Alternatively you can use your knitting loom, hula hoop, or anything else round and warpable!

So there you go, join in the vibrant Circle Weaving community and in the process you could win yourself a new Majacraft circular loom.

Here is another link to Warp Speed

www.majacraft.co.nz/resources/tutorials/warp_speed_1.01.pdf

Warp speed

Warp speed tutorial

 

Until next time
Andy

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26Jul/140

Warp speed – a circular loom ideas book

Warp speed

Warp speed tutorial

 

Yes! Warp Speed is ready!

Warp speed is a collaborative tutorial/inspirational/ideas book for weaving on the circular loom It has been put together by Suzy Brown (Woolwench) and myself. We have been working on for quite a few months now and I am now delighted to release it to you.

So, a little bit about it. First off, the best bit, we are giving it away for FREE! So go download it and knock yourself out.

We have also worked to create a way of writing patterns that is easy to understand and replicate yourself. In an effort to come up with more ideas, there is also a template at the back of the book that you can freely print to make your own patterns with. I would encourage you to do this, and share them around. Suzy and I already have ideas for putting together patterns made up by the community to help spread it further (all with the appropriate acknowledgements and so forth :-) ). If you read it and think there are shortcomings or additions to the pattern scheme we have come up with, let either of us know and we can edit and add to it. Everybody wins then.

We have also included pictures of many of the inspirational weavings created by people on the Circle Weaving Facebook group. I am really proud of the community that is building in the Circle Weaving group on Facebook and I am getting to live a little vicariously as well :-) . They have been enthusiastic with their support of others and generous with their ideas which are shared freely in the group. It is so cool to see people working together to grow the craft. If you are interested, come along and join in!

Here is the link to the document Warp Speed

So go right ahead, download it, share it with others, experiment with some of the ideas and if you are willing, show me what you have made. I would love to see.

Until next time

Andrew

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27Jun/147

Circular Looms and circle weaving on Facebook

It has been a while since I last put anything up on the blog as I have been very busy in the workshop. Some of the things I cannot talk about yet :-)  but one I can is related to the circular looms. We have started producing a new 180mm (~7") circular loom which we are building stocks of. The first batch is ready to go and will be sent out to dealers in the next week or two. They have 79 notches so it will be possible to do fine work if you wish.

This is so hot off the press the pictures are not on the Majacraft web site yet!

180mm circular loom

180mm circular loom

 

There is also a Circle Weaving group started recently on Facebook that you may be interested in. Once you have joined Facebook, do a search for "Circle Weaving" and you should be on your way. This is open to all people interested in circular looms from any manufacturer! There are some really novel and innovative ideas being shown and a great spirit of sharing knowledge and inspiration.

While on Facebook, why not check out our own Majacraft Facebook page or the "Manic Dynamic Majacrafters" who are doing amazing things with the Dynamic Heddle Loom.

Until next time

Andy

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