Ashford Table Looms

4, 8 and 16-shaft

Setup Instructions


o Install the 16 rectangular magnets onto the levers by attaching the Velcro (remove the protective backing) to each lever with the magnet facing the weaver when the lever is in the up position. The magnet should be centered on the lever at approximately 1 9/16th inches (40mm) from the top of the lever. Use the picture to the left as reference.


o Place the TempoTreadle System unit in the caddy on the left of the loom as shown.

o Plug the small end of the USB data cable into the top of the System Unit; plug the USB end into a USB power source or the provided AC adapter.

In your packaging for a 16-Shaft System Unit, there is an additional short cable as shown below. This cable is ONLY used when using a 16-Shaft System Unit on a loom with fewer than 16-shafts. Put it aside and keep it in case you want to connect your System Unit to another loom in the future.

It’s now time to attach the Sensor Array. The Sensor array has Velcro on the top and a ribbon cable exiting from the left.


· To attach the sensor array, remove the clear backing from the Velcro and place the sensor array under the castle (see picture) such that the array is centered and the cable on the left. Observe the 16-black sensors and line them up with the center of the 16-levers by tiling the array. Next, turn the sensor array such that the Velcro is facing up and press up to attach under the castle. It’s necessary that the array also be flush with the wood on the castle.

· Press firmly to attach the cables from the System Unit to the Sensor Array, making sure the red stripe is on the two cables is aligned as shown.

· With the system unit powered on, run a test by using the Tune Array function under System Settings to verify that all the levers work. Press System Settings then Tune Array. Flip the levers down and expect to hear a tone and see the lever number displayed. If all don’t initially work, adjust the position of the sensor array and/or magnets until they all do detect properly.

· You are now ready to put your own WIF onto the SD card and weave!

Tips for using TempoTreadle on your Ashford Loom

Initial Setup

· Loom Action in System Settings can be set to “Table” or “Table2”. When weaving with 8 or less shafts, the “Table” action should be chosen; for over 8 shafts, use “Table2”.

· When saving a WIF from your weaving software use the Lift Plan option. Copy or perform a “save as WIF” onto your SD card from your computer or use TempoWeave design software to Export for TempoTreadle.

· Most likely you’ll need to place the small micro-sd Card in the provided adapter. Eject the micro-sd card from your computer once the project is saved and place back in the TempoTreadle system unit.


· You do not need to place all the levers in the neutral position between picks

· With “Table” Loom action, the weave screen shows three pick sequences. The one it is currently expecting is in the center, surrounded by a box. With “Table2” the levers needed are highlighted in blue, correct levers detected are green, incorrect levers detected are red. The weft color is shown in a circle of color.

· Lower the levers indicated on the center line, noting the weft color if you have color changes.

· Once you have lowered all the correct levers, TempoTreadle automatically sounds an OK beep, adds 1 to the pick counters and advances the screen to the next sequence.

· It is recommended that you place all the levers in the neutral position and press the Home icon when you take a break from weaving.


· You rarely need to unweave when using TempoTreadle, but occasionally you may have a weft bubble or some other problem where you do want to some picks out. To have TempoTreadle prompt you backwards through the sequence, first place the levers in the neutral position, then press “Weav” on the weaving screen (now it will show “Unweav”). Continue to unweave until you are ready to start going forward through your weaving sequence. Simply press “Unweav” on the screen twice so that it now reads “Weav” again.

· If you have only one pick to unweave, you may want to simply open the correct shed, back the pick out and then keep weaving without using the Unweave feature.

Selecting Menu Options while Weaving

· When TempoTreadle shows the weave screen, place all the levers in the neutral position (levers up) before selecting other menu options or pressing the weave/unweave button. If you don’t have the levers in the neutral position, the screen may seem slow to respond.

· Free Weave – Currently Free Weave is not supported when weaving on a table loom

Weaving a sample

· Once you start a new project, you often weave a few a sample to get a feel for your beat. Once ready to start the “real” piece, and weave a sample or header, you may want to select Project Progress | Reset Progress to zero the counters.

Troubleshooting TempoTreadle on your Ashford Loom

Symptom: No levers detect when using Tune Array

· Sensor array is mounted backwards. Be sure the cable exits to the left with the red stripe down.

· Cable is not plugged into the System Unit. Attach the ribbon cable end to the end of the system unit. Be sure the red strip is on the same side (forming a straight line as the two cables are attached).

Symptom: Some levers do not detect

· Check to see if the black sensor array is centered. You may need to move slightly left or right.

· Visually check that all the magnets are in line. Adjust if necessary.

· Be sure the sensor array is flush with the wood.

· Take a spare magnet and see if the sensor registers by holding the magnet over the sensor array.

Symptom: Weaving sequence will not advance until levers are placed in neutral position

· Check System Settings. Loom Action should be in Table or Table2 Mode and position Up.

Symptom: The screen blinks rapidly

· See if “Free” has been selected on the weave screen. Press the button to return to “Weav”. Also if “Free” can be selected, likely the Weave Mode in System Settings is not in Table or Table2.

Symptom: No Error beeps

· This is intentional on table looms. Only “OK” beeps sound when all the levers are in the correct position and ready for the pick to be thrown.

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