My inkle loom is the one shown on the groups main page. I think it's a handmade loom, by whom I do not know. It weaves up to five inches wide and up to nine yards. The tensioning device is wonderful, I have no complaints.
I do however, want one of the Glimakra Band Looms, they are just too cool for words and would be great to use for demonstrations.
What kind of loom do you use and why do you love/hate it? If you could upgrade, what would you get?
Please share pics!!
My inkle loom is also a home made one, based on the Helen Bress one I think. I've started making changes to it so that it works for me, and have to work out how to extend the amount of warp I can put on it - at the moment it manages a very small 5 foot, and not very wide, as the dowels are softwood. I can see another one in my not so distant future, but this will have to be home made, as its too expensive to import the Glimakra, but I do love the size of that! Its impressive! I wonder how easy it would be to make one similar?
Hi Everyone. For tablet weaving I highly recommend a vertical warp-weighted arrangement, hung by laces from a hook in the ceiling, a branch or whatever is handy.
I've just bought what we Aussies call octopus straps for my backstrap weaving to see if they make keeping a good even tension easier. I learned tablet weaving using a backstrap and found that very easy to manage.
I can't weave without my shoe-laces, hehe!
I have a floor inkle loom that doubles (triples?) for tablet weaving and a warping board. Don't know where I got it years ago. This one looks very much like mine, except mine has a much lighter finish.
There is a wee tablet weaving loom from Palmer crafts. http://www.palmerlooms.com/palmerlooms2.html The workmanship isn't that great, but OK for the price. And there is a Glimakra band loom waiting to be put together. I haven't used a loom with treadling before, so I'm wondering if my feet are up to learning some new tricks. I've used pedals on a piano and automobile, so I'm hoping that will provide some sort of connection that can be revived between my brain and feet.
That is the style of loom I would love to have! About all I know is that it appears as plans in a couple of books from the 70s and is described as an English loom. I've seen photos of the Palmer looms and other mini inkles, but since mine only does the mini length I've never been tempted. I like the idea of the treadles. Perhaps some day!
Have you seen the Gilmore inkle with a castle? Never heard of such a thing until today. Someone here has one for sale, and here are the photos:
and here's the link to the Weavolution ad:
and here's a Gilmore page showing that one and others. (The lap inkle is cuter than the Schacht Cricket)
You can NOT go wrong with that loom. I had one, and it got "lost" and just bought another from another weaver. To me, it's the most versatile of the inkle looms, i love that I can work on a much longer piece if needed, also a much shorter piece than is easy to do on an inkle.
The stand is excellent to, it's really the only loom you need for inkle/tablet weaving in my opinion. I don't use the heddle tower though, I like changing the shed inkle style but that's just me.
I think I like Gilmore's Wave also. I'm trying to imagine warping a 10-inch wide inkle band and thinking about what to do with such a fabric.
But first I must see if I like dancing feet with the Glimakra. One of the apron rods was split halfway down the middle, so I'm going to try a couple of weaving sticks in their place. I may try big double-point knitting needles if the weaving sticks aren't strong enough.
Wow, you are sure having problems with that thing. I'm kind of glad I waited to buy one.
Don't worry. I'm the cursed shopper who improves the odds for every other shopper. It should be safe now to buy from them.
That was the best giggle I've had all day. Thanks for taking the beating for the rest of us. lol
Oooh, how could you give that link for the Gilmore looms, I love that little lap loom, and the Wave! We have nothing like that available here in Australia, so now I'm going to have to start saving again, grrrrr!
After all the mention of those wonderful looms, I will admit to doing the majority of my tablet weaving on an old broken laundry rack. I've built myself a home made inkle, but given my dodgy wood working skills, the laundry rack is still my favourite.
I have a bunch of band looms.
One mini inkle loom of unknown brand.
One schact, standard inkle.
An extra long inkle hand made by an old friend.
A Cendrel, like the one Luminaria linked above. The upright, English style.
A double sided inkle, upright, 18" wide. I designed this one, had it built by SIL for my daughter. We really need to modify it. I think we really need to make it into two open sided looms.
Two small double sided inkle looms with no tensioning device. There were a dozen of these in our guild room. I don't know if they were ever used. Recently we were offere the looms, and we divied them up. I want to cut them in half, and add the tensioners.
I also have one of those back strap blocks, two blocks and some hooks.
My very favorite band loom is the very versatile Glimakra band loom. This one has heddles, or inkle options. It has paul and ratchets at each end. It has a counterbalance system with treadles. You sit sideways and work side to side. I learned the speedy method on You Tube on a Swedish loom. I think the You Tube was called "Inkle Weaving My Way". I whittled some shuttles for myself to use on this loom. DH carved a beater for me.out of redwood. He suggested that I get used to the beater, then we will modify the design, and he will make a second beater in a hardwood. Below is the link to the Glimakra loom. This loom is very versatile. you can use the counterbalance system with treddles, you can use the inkle option, or you can weave with cards.
I ordered the Gilmore Wave. He had one made already, so it should be here Thursday or Friday. The Wave does not require assembly. I'm a weaver, not a carpenter, so that was good news. Bob at Gilmore Looms said he had looked at the Glimakra band loom while he was designing the Wave. I'm thinking my final preference between the two will be whether I can be comfortable weaving on the side of the warp, rather than facing the weaving from the fabric beam end. I tried tablet weaving from the side and didn't fancy it.
I still have my first "twinkle" loom: one made by a carpenter. The upper front peg is removable to allow for use as a tabletweaving loom. I don't use it much anymore: the pegs have warped a bit in the 10 years or so since I got it. I just bought a Northwest Looms inkle loom. It's a two-sided loom with one side removable. Very sturdy and very attractive! I'm afraid it will be an inkle-alone loom as I don't believe I can use cards on it well. I don't have much use for loooooong bands, but that doesn't mean I haven't hinted to my handy husband that I'd love for him to make me one. ;)
I think you could do tablet weaving on the Northwest inkle by taking the warp under the front top peg so the warp runs from the front directly to the back. You could probably do tablet weaving without going under, but you'd have to advance the warp frequently. Smaller cards don't need much warp length to make a functional shed.
Thanks for the suggestion! I'm not at a point where I'm ready to jump into another cardweaving project, but I'll keep this in mind.
I have a 6-yard oak inkle loom I purchased at Pennsic in August from PineBox Traders. Haven't been able to use it much yet, but it's beautiful.
I love this! I have a bar up on the wall of my "studio" that I got up there after reading a Spin-Off article about warp-weighted weaving with novelty yarns. That was before I got interested in tablet weaving; maybe I'll get something woven that way yet! :)
What sort of weights are those?
Hi. The weights shown in the picture are from a waste metal yard and I have no idea what they were originally. Since they are painted "army green" I think they might have been parts from a tank or something like that. I also have a bunch of fishing weights that work very well. All are made of lead, and I painted the fishing weights too, to avoid contact. But I later found out that there's really no danger as lead does not absorb through the skin.
I just ordered a Glimakra Band loom, and am so excited! It should come off the boat from Sweden in about 3 weeks. I have been wanting one for a while, and just decided to go for it. I will be using it to demo and hope to increase my weaving speed with it.
Good for you. I love mine, and yes, you can weave fast on these. Have fun!
Has anyone set up their Glimakra Band loom as an inkle loom? Do you still sit sideways at it?
Hello every boddy,
I am new here and enjoy it already. Part of what I write might not be clear for englis is'nt my mother tongue. I have a regular inkle loom home made by my father after the plans found in Helene Bress's book
For the moment I have great difficulty to tie the end of threads. I want to make an guitar band for my son. Its pretty large because I am using crap thread from my stock. So it will be made with wool.
Yes, and yes. If you are having a problem with sitting at the side, I suggest that you really give it a couple of long sessions. I'm quite used to it now, and can weave fast and evenly. I'm having two looms built that are not c/b, just inkle, like the Swedish loom on you tube, "Inkle weaving my way". My intention is to teach other weavers this style of weaving.
Good luck with your band weaving.
I have the standard Schacht model which I've had for a number of years and really like. I also have the chair loom that my grandfather used. It works beautifully. If you haven't cut your homemade model up yet Aunt Janet, I might be able to help you modify it.
No, I haven't cut it up yet. It is stashed on an upper shelf at the moment. Back burner. I'll get it down one of these days and post a photo. I wouldn't mind getting it to work more comfortably, and warp easier. Thanks for the offer.
Well I know that you're resourceful enough to get it going from just these couple of tips if you ever want to. I'm guessing that it's similar to the homemade one in Nina Holland's book, and a lot of these were made in the seventies. I brought the one belonging to our guild home and modified it, and now members are able to use it. First, use a separate dowel rod for your heddles, not being able to pop detachable heddles on is a huge pain in warping. I use a vise to hold the dowel in place beside the loom while putting on the heddles. Rig up whatever you can to hold it in place while you put them on. I bet you have a vise! I have a hole drilled in each end of the dowel, and after putting on the heddles I tie the heddle rod to the base and front upright of the loom. Running the tie cord through a hole keeps it from slipping off during weaving. This is all you need to do to get the thing going if you're weaving a narrow band, but for narrow bands I like my open-sided Schacht better because I like to hold it with the back resting on the floor, and it's less bulky.
The nice thing about one of these is that you can weave wider, but this doesn't work very well unless you make another modification. You can't weave very wide changing sheds with your hand. So. . . put a couple of cup hooks or pegs near the top of the front upright. Find a couple more dowels, about 1/2 works good, drill holes near the ends and clamp the shed that you normally manipulate with your hand between the dowels, by tying the dowels together. Lift the shed by the dowels and rest them on the hooks or pegs (pegs work better because you can pop it off and on faster - put them in at a slight upward angle). I've woven up to 10" wide on this loom this way, and you can't do this on any other inkle.
If you don't cut up your tensionless ones, I might have a solution for them too. I would need to see a picture though.
I assembled a copper pipe loom for tablet weaving using Micheal Cook's instructions - very easy and a great loom. I think the version made by Sarah Lamb has another bar across the bottom to put heddles on for other band type weaving.
I have finished two samples (bookmarks), photos in my projects.
I've also used copper pipe to make a beading loom. Here's a photo of it. The copper pipe tapestry loom that I've got several versions of has been just great. Archie Brennan, the designer of the tapestry loom, should be thanked over and over again!
You are right Tommye - all of these are based on Archie Brennan's original plans - such a great idea. There are so many variations and one can take apart one form and use some of the pieces for assembling another type loom using a few different sized pieces.
... and I'm thinking of making a modification to the beading loom after seeing the link to the tablet loom you provided. I think having the area for the beading warp slightly raised above the level of the legs would be good--would be easier to put one's hand underneath to push the beads up when working. This version is great in that the tension of the beading warp can be changed if needed... but I'm going to see about raising the warp above the frame.
Thanks again for the thoughts about the tablet loom.
I did have a heddle loom about 25 yrs. ago. I was not as in to weaving as I am now, so I am desirous to try again.
I can track with these instructions pretty well, but is there any way I can see a pic of the finished product?
This sounds like it will help solve the shoulder/muscle problem, and lifting a dowel heddle will be easier on the carpal tunnel.
Oh my-----I sound as if I'm falling apart! ha ha
But, after knitting/crocheting/spinning/smocking/dollmaking/quilting/ and the like since 1974, I feel I owe it to my now arthritic hands to give them a break wherever possible.
Pleeeeeaase let me know where I might see a few pictures of your modifications. Thank you!
I am new to the group and need some help. I am looking to buy an inkle loom and really like the Gilmore Wave looms. Especially the lap one. Do you think it will have enough room to do tablet weaving on it. Has any one bought one of these looms yet and if so how do you like it compared to the traditional ones.
Built for me by my very talented Dad! He's built me some smaller ones for workshops as well, but they have the wide 1x 4 tension bar at the top rear, which I find doesn't hold up while I weave. But this one is a joy to weave on. I haven't tried it for tablet weaving yet.
It is made from Maple and Walnut.
I've ordered an inkle loom, but it hasn't gotten here yet, and I'm on pins and needles waiting for it!