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The Heddler, A flexible table loom

The Heddler, A flexible table loom

The simple table loom to take around.  The Heddler. Works with other heddles or tablets. It is simple and holds a fair amount of warp.

 

Here is a great review of it that a customer C.A. from Australia said:

Simple and ingenious design to make a versatile loom that will allow regular rigid heddle cloth to be woven, or for band weaving. It arrives as a kit that takes about 10 minutes to assemble with a philips head screwdriver, and its good to go. It is a bit longer than looms of this size generally are, and it has back and front beams as well as warp and cloth beams, and best of all, it will take card/tablet weaving as well as the various ethnic band-weaving styles from the Baltic, the Andes and Asia, and there is plenty of room for hand manipulation of warp and weft. Tension is provided by a thick rubber washer, and its easy to release to advance the warp. Its a well-thought out general purpose loom for those who love hands-on weaving and a great addition to my weaving tools!


for the love of plum

Now we are making several of our clasic shuttles in plum. We just love plum!  It really is just beautiful.  It has a wide range of grain contrast and can even have purple, red, and green strips.  We have some from some old (old!) plums trees that were in our fruit orchard and also have selvedge from friends houses too.  It is from an old varitey that was very popular.  A very sour small yellow plum.  Our ancestors prasied sour plum for it gut loving powers.  Japanese still love there salted sour cherries.  Sadly alot of people cut them down for...


Weaving on the move. In the car!

Weaving on the move. In the car!

I have been weaving in the car for years now.  I was always the driver for years since being American put me way more experienced then my Latvian country man who got his drivers licenses when we were together.  I already had ten years on him at that point!  But now I am very happy to be the co-pilot, navigator, backseat driver and weaver (which makes me be not so good at the first 3.  When I began I would tie a knot and close it in the glove compartment (who puts gloves in there now?).  That worked but less...


5 double slotted pattern loom

5 double slotted pattern loom

The 5 pattern bands are cranking out these days. Why?  Its just so easy to get in the rhythm with 5 strings.  Im starting to think its just as fast as plain weave.  here are a few drafts to color up your bands with.  There are more available to download here A complete loom setup ready to weave is on the shop as well. The band above is linen background warp, as well as the borders and weft.  The colors are in wool.  That is the traditional band material in Northern Europe.  In Latvia and the other Baltic countries you will find weavers...