Jacquard, 40-shafts, automatic advance, rotary temple, fly shuttles... I get a bit overwhelmed with the advances in hand/home weaving technology, distraught at the cost, and plenty envious. I have never seen any of these in action, though there is a chance I was once in the same room as a weaver weaving with a fly shuttle. I tell myself if I had all these, I could weave the kind of cloth I can be proud of, cloths which are technically well-crafted. Even tough there is no guarantee it will happen; these are mechanical enhancements; my body size and dexterity will remain the same.
While some of you may be too polite to say, "What's she on about, with 16 shafts, a computer-controlled, and a husband that let's her run around wild," and yes, I take your point!
The Kiwi way is to make do, to not rely on what's readily available for purchase, but improve our skills and if need be make our own widgets. And you wouldn't believe how many weavers and weavers' husbands do just that. (Or, not worry about it;I think that's an option.) So I, too, feel I must better myself and achieve the results I fantasize the enhancements would for me.
Blah blah blah, self-talk, blah blah.
And then I sit behind bars, and think...
And all looks good. (Until I hear about the latest biggest and baddest.) This is my parameter. This is my life.