Leclerc Weavebird v2 Computer-Dobby looms are a series of sophisticated Computer controlled handweaving looms based on the Weavebird system conceived by Kevin Burns of Ireland. Designed for small production environments and those weavers looking for a high level of output, the Weavebird delivers a high degree of functionality without the corresponding high price and complexity found in scaled down production looms.
The Weavebird looms employ a unique enhanced Countermarch mechanism where the weight of each shaft is balanced off with a compensating counter-weight. This design enables the production of complex patterns while dramatically reducing the treadling effort and physical strain on the weaver. The actual effort required to operate the Weavebird's 16, 24 or 32 shafts approximates that of a 4 shaft counterbalance loom. This unique design eliminates the need for the expensive and complicated air/electric driven treadling assist systems required by some conventional multi-shaft designs.
The Weavebird loom's Countermarch mechanism controls both the rising and sinking sheds to produce a large uniform shed while minimizing the amount the yarn threads are stretched. Operation is simple with the weaver controlling the loom using two back mounted treadles to open and close the shed. The looms depth of up to 71 inch (180 cm) produces an excellent shed every time.
For a comparison of the Leclerc Weavebird with the other Computer-Dobby loom designs on the market today, see our Why Weavebird? section where we provide a detailed explanation of the Weavebird advantages.
While you may not be able to travel to our store to try the loom yourself, we are still able to provide you with a demonstration of its operation. The Weavebird loom weaving at 40 picks per minute can be seen on your computer via this short Video Clip. Note that this is a 3 Mb AVI file (.avi) so it may take some time to view on analog dial-up connections. Windows users can save the file to disk by holding the shift key down when clicking on the link with their mouse. If your computer does not have the application to open this file, Click Here to download a free QuickTime viewer for your Windows PC or Mac.
The dimensions of the different loom sizes are listed below:
|Heddles (#)||16 Shaft||1,000||1,500||2,000||2,500||3,000|
|Width||Weaving||27" (69 cm)||36" (90 cm)||45" (115 cm)||60" (150 cm)||72" (183 cm)||Overall Loom||44" (111 cm)||50 1/2" (128 cm)||59 1/2" (151 cm)||74 1/2" (189 cm)||86 1/2" (220 cm)|
|Depth||16 Shaft||49" (124 cm) or
61" (155 cm)
|61" (155 cm)|
|24 Shaft||-||66" (168 cm)||-|
|32 Shaft||-||71" (180 cm)||-|
|Height||Overall Loom||68" (173 cm)|
|Front Breast Beam||34 1/2" (87 cm)|
|Weight||16 Shaft||200 lb (91 kg)||240 lb (109 kg)||280 lb (127 kg)||320 lb (145 kg)||370 lb (168 kg)|
|24 Shaft||-||280 lb (127 kg)||330 lb (150 kg)||385 lb (175 kg)||-|
|32 Shaft||-||310 lb (140 kg)||360 lb (163 kg)||410 lb (185 kg)||-|
Ordering a Weavebird v2 Computer-Dobby loom is simple. There are 14 versions of the basic loom based on the number of shafts and weaving width required.
|Loom Version||Weaving Width|
Every Leclerc Weavebird loom ordered from Camilla Valley Farm comes complete with the following extras to get you up and weaving immediately:
PLUS exclusively from Camilla Valley Farm Weavers' Supply:
The basic Weavebird loom can be customized to fit the weavers application with a number of options including a Double Warp Beam to allow independent tensioning of two different yarn types, a Flying Shuttle Beater to speed up the weaving process and/or extend the weavers reach, a Hanging Overhead Beater, a Sectional Warp Beam to speed up the warping process and a Weighted Beater for rug weavers.
Leclerc also offers a choice of Loom Benches to fit all weavers and maximize their comfort while weaving. All of these options can be added to your Weavebird loom order or can be added to an existing loom at a later date.
|WEAVEBIRD OPTIONS||ORDERING INFORMATION|
|Inserted Eye Heddles
(Instead of Texsolv)
Specify When Ordering Loom
|Double Warp Beam||Contact Us
|Hanging Overhead Beater Option||6395-9000
|Sectional Warp Beam Kit||1 Inch
|Flying Shuttle Beater||Contact Us
|Weighted Beater Bar||Top||1560-2700
|Clip Temple System||6146-0000
|Rocking Loom Bench
(Height Adjustable between 21 and 26 3/4")
|Open Ended Loom Bench
(26" High with open ends for storage)
Leclerc provides a 2 year warranty on the Weavebird covering materials and workmanship with parts replaced free of charge upon proof of defect. Camilla Valley Farm extends that warranty by 1 year providing a 3 year warranty for all Weavebird looms. Note that this warranty covers all the parts including electronics. In addition we manage the warranty process and provide technical support giving the Weavebird owner one point of contact to resolve any problem they may have.
This PC-based program allows the weaver to open standard weave draft files created by all the most popular design programs (ie. Fiberworks PCW, WeaveMaker, SwiftWeave, ProWeave, etc.) and use them to control the Leclerc Weavebird 16 or 24 shaft Computer-Dobby Loom.
The standalone program can read both .wif and .dtx file types and runs on any PC running anything from Win XP to Windows 11. It can also be used on Intel based Apple Mac computers running Windows with a program like Parallels. Features include Pattern Repeat/Mirror/ Stop Control, Ground Weave Insertion, Plain Weave Mode as well as Loom Wake-up and Diagnostic functions. The software is included free with every Weavebird and Diana Computer-dobby loom ordered from Camilla Valley Farm.
To learn more about the Weavebird Computer-Dobby Loom go to:
Check out our Manual Section for downloadable assembly instructions for this and other Leclerc looms and weaving accessories. Information is also provided on upgrades and accessories. If you are not sure which Leclerc loom you own see our Leclerc Loom Guide to help identify the model.
|CAN'T DECIDE? Contact us for help in answering questions about this loom, getting information
about others or for help recommending a loom matched to your weaving level and needs.
See our Leclerc Loom Comparison Chart for more help in deciding which loom is right for you.
How to Order:
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