Our Dobcross looms are over 50 year old and can be viewed through windows in the shop. Weaving can usually be viewed Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (mid February - mid December).
Weaving consists of two sets of threads. The warps run down the loom. Each thread in the warp is threaded through an eye in a heddle and the heddles are arranged on shafts. When some of the shafts are raised the heddles on those shafts and therefore the attached threads are lifted and a shed is made through which the shuttle carrying the weft thread passes.
The wide chain controls which shafts are raised and lowered to make the pattern. The narrow chain controls the boxes and therefore which shuttle and what colour thread is inserted in the weft.
We need 16 shafts to weave Welsh tapestry which is a double cloth.