While making the inkle loom I previously put on My Projects, I spotted this chair at The Curb. I brought it home and cleaned it off. I then completely disassembled it so I could study my parts and figure out my design. I cut out my selected pieces and sanded them, then began the process of assembling it. This was more challenging that it might appear because I had to figure out a plan that would utilize the existing holes and mortises and still be a loom. It was also a little tricky working with some of the crazy angles. Chairs are usually wider at the front of the seat than the back, as this one was, so the holes for the rungs from from to back are not at 90 degrees. I was also working with materials that didn't give me even one straight surface to use as a reference point. Somehow I managed to get it all worked out and put together, but these are the reasons that the front upright posts are to the inside of the rails and the back ones are on the outside. I used a PVC connector at the back end of one of the bottom rails as a compression ring because the wood was starting to split there. When I go back to the hardware store I'll pick up another for the other rail. Copper pipe would look better, so I might use it instead. In the meantime, I used a permanent marker to color the white PVC. When the finish was dry (almost, anyhow), I warped it up and made heddles so I could see if I needed to make any more adjustments. When I finish the band that's on it, I will take off the tension flap in the back and add two leather washers. Note in the pictures that the heddle bar is removable. I drilled holes through the ends of the bar and through the frame and tie it on. This lets me use detachable heddles that I much prefer to attached ones. I simply untie one end, put on the heddles and then tie the bar back on the frame. It seems to work quite well, but I've only woven a foot or so of the test band so far.
The loom measure 29" from front to back. It is 12" wide at its widest point (the back), 10 1/2" at the front. The two front bars are the narrowest and are 8 1/2". The warp length is 65" long, but I won't know how much waste I'll have at the ends until I finish weaving the band. I expect to lose about 8" of the length (unless I use it as fringe).
I had forgotten to add the last picture when I first posted. I believe that an inkle loom should have a handy place to keep your shuttle. If you leave it in the weaving it's sure to fall out and pull the weft threads tight and maybe chip the shuttle. So for this loom I made a small basket out of the seat caning from the chair. It's easy to remove when warping, and can be tied to either side out of the way of weaving but still handy.
This is an absolutely fabulous design! Bravo! you can't get much 'greener' than that!
I am impress with the ability to take it apart and get it designed and back to gether. And it looks great.
Thank you both! Deanna, I looked at your blog and loved your family vacation. And congratulations on your Bergman loom.
This is great, but don't think I can use it on a plane! Find inkle patterns here at Weavolution, and be sure to add them, too!
This has got me thinking! I would love to have an inkle loom and I will be searching for just the right object to re-purpose to make one. Thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks Sally. You're right it is too big to weave while on a plane but with one minor modification it would be foldable and would work as a carryon. It could be used while waiting for your flight or on a layover. I usually just make up my patterns as I warp, but I will try to do better and maybe post some.
Thank you Ruth, and happy hunting! If you find an old ladderback chair with a woven seat (even better if the seat is missing), you will be almost there. This is what my grandfather and great-grandfather wove many inkles on. I have the one they used, plus the six others, and it's not possible to tell which one without careful examination. But maybe you will find something even better!?!?
This is awesome! how comfortable is it to work at?
Thanks Thumper! It's really quite comfortable to work at. I sit on the couch with the back end resting on the floor and because it's two sided it doesn't try to tip sideways like a one-sided inkle loom. I cut the pieces down so it's not chair-sized, it's almost the same length as the Schacht from front to back.
I'm impressed that you walked by this old abandoned chair and said "inkle loom". Creativity at its finest! Love it!