About the Looms

It’s a weaving site, and I will show off my looms if I want to!

Buried downstairs (really, buried under a mountain of other stuff) is my big loom. 40″ weaving width, eight harnesses. It’s a monster. Used to be a production loom. My parents found a weaver who was retiring in their town, who needed to sell off most of her looms. I fell in love with it, and they bought it for me as a birthday gift. It’s beautiful and I love it, and I have not been able to use it for years. It’s just too big for me to open up in the space I have for it. I’m now planning to sell it and hopefully use the money to buy a Saori loom.

My little lap loom is a Zati Seven Stick Journey Loom, on which I weave small projects, including the dolls I call Woolly Gods, bowls, and masks as well as more traditional flat projects. It’s simple, it’s comfy, it has its own interesting spiritual traditions (which I mostly ignore), and it’s extremely portable. I can, even with a project on it, take it apart, slip it into its quiver-like bag, sling it on my back, and go somewhere else to weave.

I have a Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom that I’m using for Saori projects. It’s only 15″, but it’s working well for me.

I received, as a very kind gift, an Ashford Inklette, or small inkle loom. I use it for plain inkle weaving, pickup weaving, and card weaving.

I now have a 4" triangle loom, a leeettle tiny thing, and love it.

Looms to come:

I want to buy a Saori loom with the money from the sale of the big loom. Probably the portable version. They’re smaller, more versatile, far easier to warp (you can actually take the harnesses off the loom and set them on a table for warping), intentionally accessible for the physically disabled (which I’m not, but could easily be someday, because I have bad knees that are only getting worse), and have all kinds of really fucking cool features.

I want small peg looms like these, on which I can do small modular pieces to stitch together into larger projects, and a large triangle loom to make shawls.

Someday, I want a warp-weighted loom.

Loom failures:

I built a copper pipe tapestry frame from from these plans, but since I haven't yet epoxied the joints, it doesn't work so well. One of these days I'll fix it.

I tried to build one of the big triangle looms, and failed miserably, because I can't cut wood straight or on the correct angle. Not even a right angle.