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 nine years. It’s just too big for me to open up. I’m now planning to sell it and use the money to buy a Saori loom.

My little lap loom is a Zati Seven Stick Journey Loom, which is patiently helping me learn tapestry weaving. 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 built myself a copper pipe tapestry frame from the plans here.

Cards. I have a small set of cards for weaving, picked up when I was desperate for something to weave on. One of the early things my now-fiancee and I did together was I taught her to use them.

Looms in progress:

I had wanted to build my own wooden looms, including triangle looms, a warp-weighted loom, and a story loom (a large, free-standing version of my journey loom, which multiple people can work on at once). Turns out my woodworking skills are worse than I thought, so that’s been shelved for now.

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), and have all kinds of really fucking cool features.

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