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Imagine the joy of the recipients of gifts of handwoven baby blankets, housewarming gifts of beautiful table coverings, rugs, afghans, pillows… How about a lovely handwoven scarf or shawl for a special friend or family member…?

Do you want to learn how to weave? Where to start? Unless you already know exactly what loom you want, I would recommend starting with Harrisville Design’s "Easy Weaver" rigid heddle loom that comes pre-warped and ready to weave with -right out of the box. These are suitable for both children and adults who want to get a simple introduction to weaving.

If you’re a handspinner or knitter with lots of fabulous yarns already on hand, the Sprigg’s Triangular Frame Loom is truly fun and produces beautiful shawls in a very short time. No weaving experience is necessary!

Now, if you know in your heart of hearts that you are a weaver and all you need is a loom and a little guidance, go ahead and get that floor loom. How to choose? What are your space restrictions? Do you want to use handspun or mohair in your warp? Are you interested in working with fine linen yarns or do you want to make wonderful rag rugs? Do you want to start with a smaller, portable loom (to bring to workshops) now and then get a large one later? A great way to start narrowing down your choices is to review the looms listed in this catalog. Then, DO purchase Debbie Chandler’s Learning to Weave book. She has a fabulous chapter on choosing the right loom for you. Her companion videos are wonderful – like having a weaving workshop in your own home, at your pace, with a teacher that never gets impatient if you have to review a step over and over again.

All in all, after looking through the looms section, if you feel the urge to try your hand at this ancient AND contemporary craft, it probably means you need to do just that. And there is SO MUCH contemporary inspiration out there! In addition to comprehensive and delightful books and videos on weaving, there are also beautifully produced colorful and informative quarterly magazines for handweavers:  HANDWOVEN from Interweave Press and SHUTTLE SPINDLE & DYEPOT from Handweavers Guild of America (see membership and program info on page 49). There are also weaving workshops held at arts centers, fiber conferences, fiber shops, and through private instruction throughout the country and throughout the year. Happy Weaving!

Please see our Online Shopping Cart for:
  • Tapestry & Frame Looms - Ashford, Beka, Glimakra, Harrisville Designs, Hazel Rose Looms, Leclerc,  Louet, Schacht, & Weavettes
  • Inkle Looms - Ashford, Beka, & Schacht
  • Rigid Heddle Looms - Ashford, Beka, Louet, Kromski & Schacht

  • Table Looms - Ashford, Glimakra, Leclerc, Louet, & Schacht

  • Floor Looms - Ashford, Glimakra, Harrisville Designs, Leclerc, Louet, & Schacht
    There are basically three different types of floor looms available: Jack, Counterbalanced and Countermarche. Jack looms have separate lifting mechanisms for each harness that can operate independently or several harnesses can be connected to one treadle. Most Jack looms are "rising shed". Counterbalanced looms have harnesses that work in pairs. Countermarche looms allow you to raise or lower any harness or combinations of harnesses with a good shed - especially great for "sticky" warps (like mohair!), preferred for working with handspun yarns or linen in the warp. An extremely wide variety of features and options are possible with most of the looms listed here. Which floor loom is yours? If you have a hard time deciding, I must recommend some reading material for you, specifically: LEARNING TO WEAVE by Deborah Chandler - even more specifically, page 214, starting with the chapter headed: On buying a loom, subheading Deciding what kind of loom you need.


Please contact us if you want information regarding any of the looms we carry.



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