Multishaft Weaving Loom FAQ’s

The Good Yarn Ashford Multishaft Table Weaving Loom FAq's

What is the range of Ashford Multishaft Weaving Looms?


Four Shaft Table Weaving Loom

The Ashford 4 Shaft Table Loom is a top pick amongst Australian weavers. These looms are known for their portability, user-friendliness, and versatility, making them a hit with beginners and pros alike. The best part? They fold flat, even with your weaving intact, making them perfect for on-the-go weavers, whether it’s workshops or guild gatherings. These weaving looms feature a smooth lacquer finish. As well as overhead beater with automatic bounce back, and options for extra stainless steel reeds. Plus bundles of 40 Texsolv heddles.

Eight Shaft Table Weaving Loom

Looking to up your weaving game? The Ashford 8 Shaft Table Loom is your answer. Just like its 4-shaft sibling, it’s all about portability, ease of use, and versatility. Perfect for both newbies and seasoned weavers. This 8-shaft loom folds flat even with your work in progress, making it super convenient for workshops and guild meetups. You’ll love its smooth lacquer finish. With three weaving width options, overhead beater with automatic bounce back. Plus the choice of extra stainless steel reeds in 5 sizes or bundles of 40 Texsolv heddles. Weaving dreams await!

Sixteen Shaft Table Weaving Loom

Have you been weaving for a while and are ready to take your weaving to the next level? The Ashford 16 Shaft Table Loom is here for you. A popular multishaft weaving loom with seasoned weavers, it’s known for its ease of use and versatility. Also with a smooth lacquer finish, portability, and an overhead beater. With automatic bounce back, it’s perfect for workshops or at-home weaving. Plus, you can customise it with extra stainless steel reeds in 5 sizes or bundles of 40 Texsolv heddles. You weaving just got more exciting!

Ashford Jack Loom

Meet the Ashford Jack Weaving Loom – a versatile companion for your weaving adventures. With an impressive 97cm (38 inches) weaving width. Plus eight shafts, and ten treadles, it’s the perfect tool for crafting beautiful fabrics with ease. This compact loom boasts a smooth lacquer finish and a large rising shed. It features a bottom pivot beater with a built-in shuttle race, easy warp advancement. As well as a folding back beam for storage and transport. Plus, it comes with handy extras like a built-in raddle, removable front and back beams. Dont forget the shelf above the castle.

Ashford Brooklyn Multishaft Loom

Introducing the Ashford Brooklyn Multi-Shaft Weaving Loom. An affordable gateway for rigid heddle weavers and budding artisans keen to embrace multi-shaft weaving. This loom simplifies complex patterns, facilitating an easy transition into the world of intricate weaving.

Key Features:

  • A popular 40cm (16″) weaving width.
  • A spacious 73cm (28 1⁄2″) beam-to-beam depth, akin to our reliable table looms.
  • A smooth and silent overhead beater with automatic bounce-back, ensuring precise beating at the fell.
  • A generous rising shed.
  • Effortless lever operation for swift pattern changes.
  • Texsolv cord for even shaft lifting, with frictionless nylon cord guides, enabling hassle-free shaft height adjustment.
  • Comes with 320 Texsolv 22cm (8 1⁄2″) heddles (80 per shaft). Allowing for a balanced 20epi weave across the full width.
  • Equipped with a stainless steel 10dpi reed.
  • Beater accommodates oversized reeds and can be locked for warping.
  • Sturdy 40-tooth nylon ratchets, handles, and clicker pawls ensure warp tension control.
  • Non-slip rubber feet for stability during weaving.
  • Kit includes 2 shuttles, 5 cross/warp sticks, 10 cardboard warp separating sticks. As well as a threading hook, and comprehensive step-by-step assembly, warping, and weaving instructions.
  • Crafted from robust beech hardwood with ply sides, offering durability, lightness, and portability.
  • Customize with Ashford Finishing Wax Polish, oil, lacquer, or your personal artistic touch.

Ashford Katie Multishaft Table Loom

The Ashford Katie Multi-Shaft Table Weaving Loom, your ideal companion for workshops, travel, sampling, and creative weaving adventures.

Key Features:

  • Smooth Lacquer Finish: Crafted with a sleek lacquer finish for a polished look.
  • Portability: It’s effortlessly foldable and portable, making it your go-to loom on the move.
  • Compact: With a 30cm (12-inch) weaving width, it combines functionality with a compact design.
  • Lightweight: Designed for easy transport without compromising on weaving capabilities.
  • Smooth Operation: Equipped with smooth levers and an auto bounce-back overhead beater for seamless weaving.
  • Easy Threading: The beater flips up and out of the way, simplifying the threading process.
  • Versatile: Boasting eight harnesses, it transforms into a fully functional table loom, unlocking unlimited creative possibilities.
  • Customization: Tailor your weaving with extra stainless steel reeds available in five sizes.
  • Texsolv Heddles: Available in bundles of 40, providing flexibility for diverse weaving projects.

The Ashford Katie Loom merges convenience, versatility, and craftsmanship, making it a delightful choice for weavers seeking a compact and capable multi-shaft weaving solution.

What can I weave on a multishaft weaving loom?

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A multi-shaft or also called a table weaving loom. It is a versatile piece of equipment that allows you to create a wide variety of woven textiles. It lets you weave more intricate patterns and designs. The number of shafts on your loom will determine the complexity of the patterns you can create. Here are some things you can make on an Ashford multi-shaft weaving loom:

  1. Plain Weave: You can create simple, balanced plain weave fabric, which is the most basic weaving pattern.
  2. Twill Weave: Multi-shaft looms are great for creating twill patterns, which include herringbone, chevron, and other diagonal designs.
  3. Satin Weave: With the right threading and treadling pattern, you can create smooth and shiny satin weaves with a multi-shaft loom.
  4. Overshot Weave: Multi-shaft looms are well-suited for producing complex overshot patterns with a plain or twill background.
  5. Double Weave: This technique allows you to weave two layers of fabric simultaneously. Resulting in reversible or double-sided fabrics.
  6. Lace Weave: Multi-shaft looms can create delicate lace patterns with intricate details.
  7. Supplementary Warp or Weft: You can add additional warp or weft threads. Allowing you to create supplementary patterns or designs within your fabric.
  8. Block Weave: Multi-shaft looms can be used to create block designs. This is where you divide the warp into sections with different patterns or colours.
  9. Echo Weave: This technique involves repeating a pattern in multiple blocks or layers.
  10. Overshot Weave: This technique creates a textured and patterned fabric using supplementary weft threads.
  11. Tied Weaves: You can create tied weaves. For example network drafting or network twill, which involve complex tie-up configurations for intricate patterns.
  12. Double Width Fabric: Multi-shaft looms are ideal for weaving fabric twice as wide as the loom. Allowing fabric creation which can be used for various projects.
  13. Shadow Weave: This technique creates the illusion of different colors or patterns by changing the threading and treadling sequence.
  14. Summer and Winter Weave: This creates a reversible fabric with contrasting designs on each side.
  15. Collapse Weave: By using various fibers and weave structures, you can create fabrics that will shrink or collapse when washed. This results in unique & varied textures.
  16. Artistic and Experimental Weaving: Multi-shaft looms allow you to explore your creativity. Combining various techniques, fibers, and colors to create one-of-a-kind textile art.

Why use stainless steel reeds on my weaving loom?

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  1. Durability: Stainless steel reeds are incredibly durable and resistant to rust and corrosion. They can withstand the tension and friction generated during weaving, making them a long-lasting choice for your loom.
  2. Smooth Surface: Stainless steel reeds have a smooth and polished surface. This smoothness allows the warp threads to glide more easily through the reed, resulting in smoother and more consistent weaving.
  3. Easy Cleaning: Stainless steel reeds are easy to clean and maintain. You can wipe them clean with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris that may accumulate during weaving.
  4. Accurate Sett: The gaps between the dents (spaces) in a stainless steel reeds are precisely manufactured. This ensures an accurate sett (the number of warp threads per inch). This is crucial for achieving the desired fabric structure and density in your weaving projects.
  5. Less Wear and Tear: Stainless steel reeds are less prone to wear and tear compared to reeds made from other materials. They maintain their shape and spacing over time, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
  6. Wide Range of Dent Sizes: Stainless steel reeds are available in various dent sizes (the number of dents per inch). This versatility allows you to choose the appropriate reed for different yarn thicknesses and weaving projects.
  7. Resistant to Chemicals: Stainless steel is resistant to many chemicals and cleaning agents. Therefore, you can use them with various types of yarn and dyes without worrying about damage to the reed.
  8. Minimal Static: Stainless steel has low static electricity buildup, which can be advantageous when working with synthetic or static-prone yarns. This helps prevent the yarn from sticking to the reed and causing tension issues.
  9. Suitable for Specialty Weaves: Stainless steel reeds are well-suited for creating complex weave structures. These include lace weaves, overshot, and double weaves due to their precision and smoothness.
  10. Versatility: Stainless steel reeds are compatible with a wide range of loom types. Including multi-shaft floor looms, table looms, and rigid heddle looms.
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