Whether you are a new weaver or a veteran wanting to weave new projects from Weaving Today and Handwoven, it can be daunting to decide which weaving loom you need. This free eBook is entirely dedicated to bringing you the expert advice you need to choose the tool that will best serve your loom weaving desires.
In this free weaving loom eBook, Weaving Today meets the needs of experienced weavers and beginners alike. Madelyn van der Hoogt walks you through detailed descriptions of different types of hand looms: the table loom, jack loom, counterbalance loom, and countermarch loom. She describes what each type of handloom does best and what limitations they have. In addition, if a rigid-heddle loom better suits your needs, you will learn rigid heddle weaving with a beautiful free scarf pattern. Rigid heddle weaving is a great way to start for beginners. And finally, you will discover how to make your own inkle loom, a handloom every weaver should have, great for start-up weaving projects like belts and bands.
Choosing a weaving loom is a big decision for a weaver.
Weaving Today has gathered tips and advice from expert weavers on how to find the best fit for your loom weaving needs. BONUS: get a free rigid-heddle weaving scarf project and a free hatband project to weave on a handmade inkle loom!
Weaving Looms Part 1: What Weaving Loom is Right for Me
By Madelyn van der Hoogt
What weaving loom should I get? Do I have the right loom for my needs? Madelyn helps you answer your loom weaving questions with a guide to help you choose a handloom and understand the strengths and limitations of the loom you may already have. You will enjoy her detailed descriptions of the following types of weaving looms: table loom, jack loom, counterbalance loom, and countermarch loom.
A table loom takes up less space than a floor loom, but it is limited in weaving width. Table looms are ideal for sampling because they allow any combination of shafts. However, weaving on a table loom is manual and slow.
A jack loom’s advantage is that it’s easy to tie up and easy to warp. But jack looms are not ideal for fabrics requiring tight and even tension.
The counterbalance loom is ideal for firm fabrics such as rugs, the treadling is very light and the tension perfectly even on both raised and lowered warp threads. Counterbalance looms are usually limited to two or four shafts and do not always form clean unbalanced sheds.
The Countermarch loom creates even tension on raised and lowered warp threads and light treadling action. Their main drawback is time-consuming tie-up.
Weaving Looms Part 2: Getting Started on a Rigid-heddle loom
By Chris Switzer
A rigid-heddle loom is just the ticket for small projects such as scarves. The rigid-heddle loom is a great loom for beginners but it’s also great for traveling, weaving with children, and public demonstrations. A rigid-heddle loom is easy to warp and thread, and it accommodates a variety of widths and lengths of cloth. Rigid-heddle weaving projects include placemats and table runners, shawls and stoles, pillows, purses and tote bags, tops, and belts—practically any medium-weight fabric that’s the width of the loom or narrower. Try an easy scarf as a first rigid-heddle weaving project or to get you back to your weaving loom after a hiatus. This scarf project requires only two balls of yarn, one each for the warp and weft. Add more colors, and you’ll need even less of each one.
Weaving Looms Part 3: Make an Inkle Loom and Weave a Hatband
By Sharon Kersten
If you’ve got the loom weaving bug and DIY is more your style, here’s how to construct an inkle loom, warp it, and weave a project all within a weekend. This lightweight, portable handloom is suitable for small projects such as hatbands and bookmarks. It can easily be disassembled for travel when needed! Inkle weaving is a great place to start for new weavers.
Get ready to learn.
You want the weaving loom that will weave everything perfectly.
Alas, one loom does not fit all. It helps, however, to know what each type of loom likes to do best.
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