A homemade temple

I want to share this idea for a homemade temple. I had used a gem clip with a weight hanging from it with my Bernat loom. It had rails on each side that the string could hang over. But then I sold the Bernat and got a Macomber loom. There are no side rails. So I had to come up with another solution. I had seen somewhere a bamboo strip bent and inserted into the cloth on the underside but I did not have any bamboo.

After playing around with the concept, here is what I came up with. I took a lease stick that is wider than my warp on the loom. I attached a jumbo rubber band on each end through the hole in the end of the stick and attached a large gem clip to that. I attach my temple under the warp and it holds the cloth out with just the right amount of tension while staying completely out of the way. It doesn't interfere with my seeing the fell line and it is easy to move.

I hope this will help someone else.

Vicki Allen


Posted on Tue, 12/07/2010 - 13:41

Thanks, Franco and Sara. I looked at the Woolgatherers site and I will keep that in mind for when my lease sticks won't work.

Vicki Allen

Posted on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 21:26

I believe that is the very article I saw about the bamboo! The nice thing about using the rubber bands is that I don't have to cut the stick.

I think the tension on the warp may be gentler, too.

Vicki Allen

Posted on Wed, 12/08/2010 - 22:22

Vicki, picture of the amazing rubber band device!  pretty please?  Deb Mc

Posted on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:36

I had never heard the term *gem clip*, so I looked it up. It is just an ordinary paper clip. Depending on the weight of your fabric, a small one could also be used. The homemade temple works great. I use the string method to support the weight, but I'm going to try the stick method. Good idea! Jenny Bellairs

Posted on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 17:49

Hi Vickie

I agree with Deb Mc, a picture would be terrific.



Posted on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 21:43

I have a picture. I will bring it to work tomorrow and try to post.

Vicki Allen

Posted on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 20:37

Sara, where are the cords supporting your "temple" tied at the back of the loom?  And do those cords get in the way of your shuttle when weaving?

Posted on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 14:49

Can anyone help me with posting the photos of the temple? I can email you the pictures. I am not able to post them myself.

I would really appreciate any help.

Vicki Allen

Posted on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 15:45

Hi Vicki,

Have you found the YouTUbe video in the Help section?  It's HERE.  Feel free to email the pictures to me, [email protected] and I will post them.  

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Posted on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 18:49

The cords run from the back beam to the breast beam.

No, they do not get in the way of normal shuttle throwing.