Dimensions: over-all is approximately 18 ½” x 11.” Weaving width is 7 3/4”.
Average Loom Waste: 12”-16”
Fit & Finish: Comes unassembled and unfinished, with 7.5 dpi heddle.
Additional options: Extra heddles in the following sizes are available: 5, 10, and 12.5 dpi
Pro’s : Easy to weave on your lap or on a table top, fits in a Large LL Bean Tote Bag. A really fun loom to weave on!
Con’s: Obviously, the narrow width is a con if you want to weave wider items without seams. Does not have room for a second heddle block.
Types of projects that can be woven on this loom:
Clothing repair kit
Cozy for phone or iPod
Dog collars and leashes
Paperback book cover
Small organizer bag
Spindle or knitting bag
Tissue holder for purse
Woven box Woven cards or postcards
Transporting your loom: LL Bean Large Hunter’s Tote Bag, Zip Top
Comparing this loom to AKL:
This is a very nice loom to weave on, and easier to use on the lap than the 12” AKL, IMHO. Ashford always makes a nice product, and I have not been disappointed with the ASIL. If I could only have one of the two looms, I would probably choose the AKL only because that extra 4 inches makes it more versatile, but I really like this loom!
Comparing the ASIL to the Avril Loom:
Again, the Avril has those 4 extra inches in weaving width. However, it is similar in length to the Avril, so both are easy to use on your lap. Ashford does make better ratchets and pawls than the Avril loom, which are a bit flimsy. If I could only have one out of the Avril, AKL, and ASIL, my choice would still be the AKL.
Having said that, I believe that the best sized loom for the job is the smallest one that will give you the weaving width you need. So if you mostly weave scarves or other small items and don’t have the room for a stand, the ASIL would be a great choice. It is also a bargain, price-wise. And I see it being a fabulous child’s loom, as well as a great gateway drug--I mean “intro to weaving”-loom.