Beth Smith

Thinking About Looms

I’m often hesitant to pick favorites but if you know me Schacht products are in my personal collection and my first choice for almost everything.

So today I thought I’d talk about 2 rigid heddle looms and a floor loom t

hat I love and they are all Schacht products. And in addition, if you’ve been in the market for any of theses Spunky Eclectic is having a sale on all of these and they are in stock so you could have it in your hands for Christmas.

The starting point in weaving for a lot of people is a rigid heddle loom. Often people consider these as a beginner loom or something you’ll grow out of. Well, the thing is, there are so many things you can do with pick up sticks and finger manipulation to m

ake really interesting weave structures that you may never grow out of it. If you are interested in those things check out Liz Gipson’s website. She has online classes and all kinds of stuff from beginner to advanced to help you grow as a weaver and it’s all on a rigid heddle loom.

For a small rigid heddle, 10 inches wide check out the Schacht Cricket. This is a fun little loom. Easy and also doesn’t take up much space. There are reeds available for yarns that are medium/bulky to fingering weight. You can make lovely scarves, bags, and household items using this loom.

I have a cricket but honestly if I’m going to use a rigid heddle loom I use my Schacht Flip. This loom folds and is easy to store but I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t always have a project on it. But a benefit of the folding is that it can fold with your project still on it so if you are taking a class or going to a guild meeting you can take your loom easily! I love that this loom is all ready for weaving with 2 heddles which is fun if you want to weave finer yarns or if you want to do some more complicated weave structures. Add your fingers and pick up sticks and the possibilities are almost endless.

This is a loom I don’t own but I want to have it. Seriously. The Schacht Wolf Pup LT. It’s a four shaft loom with 6 treadles. It’s 18 inches wide which some people may think is too narrow but really, this is a fine loom for making yardage for clothing. I mean, I made a skirt on a 15 inch wide rigid heddle loom so just think what you could do with an extra 3 inches. It’s small enough to put in your car (it folds) and it’s light enough that most people can lift it. It’s the perfect workshop loom.

If you don’t yet own a loom any of these are a great way to start weaving. If you have a loom but you aren’t happy, try one of these. I’ve had some not super experience with some other looms but these make me happy.

I would be falling down on the job if I didn’t remind you about the spin and weave along that will begin on January 1. I will be sending weekly emails with each step and you will be happy. All you need to do is sign up for the spin/weave along newsletter by clicking this link. And if you would love to win a kit for the spin and weave along check out this blog post for the details.


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