Types of Weaving Looms Explained
What are the types of weaving looms available? Are you looking for the best weaving loom for a beginner? Have you have been weaving for a while, but you’re now interested to learn more. Below is a summary of each of the most popular Ashford weaving looms that we sell at The Good Yarn.
What is the best weaving loom for beginners?
What is the best weaving loom for beginners? Start by deciding what you would like to weave. The most commonly purchased type of Ashford weaving loom by beginners is either the Sampleit Loom or Rigid Heddle Loom. They are both versatile and easy to learn on. They are simple looms that allow any beginner to weave basic projects or add accessories to create more complex patterns as you become more experienced.
Ashford Rigid Heddle Looms are known for their versatility and are by far, the most popular weaving loom sold.
They are smaller than multishaft or table looms, creating easier portability. Due to their ease of use they are fantastic for both beginner and experienced weavers alike.
The weaving looms have a ‘rigid heddle reed’ that consists of a firm frame with hard nylon inserts, through which the yarn is threaded, creating the warp.
The reed, also called a heddle, has eyes and slots that the warp threads pass through to create the weaving shed. The reed is also used as a beater to push the rows of weaving into place. This reed spaces the threads at 30 threads to each 10cm section of reed or 7.5 threads to 1inch.
The shuttle is used to carry the weft yarn from side to side through the shed to make the fabric.
The warping tools you will require to warp your loom include: a warping peg, a threading hook and clamps. Start by putting your warp threads onto your loom first. Your warp threads are held on the loom, under tension between the front and back roller. The weft threads pass over and under the warp threads to form the woven fabric.
You can weave any piece of cloth on your rigid heddle loom up to width of the loom you choose! Rigid heddle looms are wonderful for weaving scarves, shawls, towels, fabric for apparel, and home textiles.
The Ashford knitters loom is a type of rigid heddle loom that was designed to use up left over knitting yarn. It is a very easy loom to start learning the art of weaving. It fold in half, even with your latest weaving project in place. Meaning you can take with you wherever you go.
The reed on the knitters loom, has large holes and slots to accommodate a larger variety of yarns. This is used to create the woven fabric and to beat the rows of weaving into place.
The warp threads pass through the holes and slots. This reed sets the threads at 30 threads to each 10cm section of reed or 7.5 threads to 1 inch. The shuttle is used to carry the weft yarn from side to side to make the fabric.Your warping tools, of a warping peg, threading hook and clamps, are used to thread your warp onto your loom.
The knitters loom comes in three sizes, the 30cm, 50cm and 70cm. You can find them all here
The Ashford SampleIt Weaving Loom
The SampleIt loom is also another type of Rigid Heddle Loom. It is the beginners loom of choice. They start off in a smaller size than a standard rigid heddle. They are the perfect loom to learn to weave or just learn and practice new techniques.
Weaving on a sampleit loom is the same as weaving on a standard rigid heddle loom. However, as they are smaller, the ideal project tends to be scarves, table runners, wall hangings and the like. It os also worth noting that even as a smaller loom they still maintain wonderful function
Types of Multishaft Weaving Looms
The Ashford Table Loom.
When Im asked “what are the different types of weaving looms?” it can get very hard sometimes to adequately explain the differences between some of the different styles of table looms.
Table looms enable you to become engaged in multishaft weaving, without having to sacrifice space that a floor loom would require. This also means they are more affordable that the average floor loom.
Table looms are also enjoyed for their portability. Both the four shaft and eight shaft Ashford table looms fold down flat with your weaving still in place. Making it the ideal loom to take with you to workshops, holidays or your craft group.
Stainless steel reeds are used with your table loom and these also come in multiple sizes, allowing you to weave a large array of projects
You can see our range of Table Looms right here
What is the difference between a table loom and a rigid heddle loom?
At The Good Yarn, we are very often asked ‘What is the difference between a table loom and a rigid heddle loom?’ Table looms are considered ‘multishaft weaving looms’ and can have either four shafts, eight shafts, sixteen shafts, or even more. On a multishaft weaving loom, the shafts move up and down instead of remaining rigid. Threads are threaded through individual heddles allowing flexibility of design. On a Rigid Heddle Loom, the threads are passed through a ‘reed’ (or heddle) made from hard nylon inserts.
The Ashford Katie Weaving Loom
The Katie loom is another of Ashfords popular weaving looms. It is a compact table loom, with eight harnesses allowing for different and complicated weaving projects. The Ashford Katie loom incorporates a bounce back overhead beater (which flips up out of the way for easy threading up) and smooth action levers for effortlessly lifting the shafts.
Its compactness size makes it also perfect for travelling and moving around
Ashfords Jack Loom
The Jack loom shafts work independently from each other. Jack looms open sheds by making some of the shafts go up. The shafts on a jack loom are connected to jacks. These are levers that pivot so that if you pull down on one side of the lever, the other side of the lever goes up. The most common type of jack loom has jacks placed below the shafts. The shafts are pushed up when the jack is pulled by the treadle.
The Ashford Jack Loom features eight shafts and ten treadles. It has an easy action warp advancement with steel ratchet and a friction rear brake. It also has both removeable front and back beams.
Inkle Weaving Looms
Inkle looms are the perfect loom for weaving belts, guitar straps, bands, leads and other narrow types of braided fabric. They also make fantastic trims for larger weaving projects or even sew multiple bands together. The bands an inkle loom creates are usually known for being incredibly durable. The Ashford Inkle looms come in two sizes, the standard and a smaller Inklette loom size
We stock both the Inkle and even more compact Inklette Loom. Both are also available in weaving kits
Tapestry Weaving Looms
Tapestry Looms create weft facing weaving and are renowned for being easy to use. They are brilliant for weaving your own pictures or rugs and are remarkably simple to use. Warping is quick and straightforward, with the revolving frame and tension adjustment.
A tapestry loom is designed to hold warp threads at high tension and is sometimes regarded more as a weaving frame than a loom. Therefore, giving you a clean even shed. A tapestry loom is not designed for more balanced weaves, for example projects such as shawls, fabric for clothing, or tea towels. These are better suited to a Rigid Heddle Loom
Weaving frames are the perfect solution when you want to create highly textured home décor such as wall hangings. They are also useful for creating other homewares such as placemats, cushion covers or even small pieces such as coasters.
They are highly portable and suitable for weaving for all ages.
We stock both a small and a larger weaving frame, made from solid timber. We also offer looms in kits that contain yarn & fibre to get you started with wonderful and fun weaving art. See them all here
Brooklyn Four Shaft Weaving Loom$830.00 inc GST
8 Shaft Table Weaving Loom Kit – 80cm$1,690.00 inc GST
Weaving Loom Kit – 61cm Eight Shaft Table Loom$1,575.00 inc GST
8 Shaft Table Weaving Loom Kit – 41cm$1,445.00 inc GST
SampleIt Loom Complete Kit – 40cm$329.00 inc GST
70cm Knitters Loom with carry bag – includes second heddle kit$515.00 inc GST
50cm Knitters Loom with carry bag – includes second heddle kit$435.00 inc GST
Rigid Heddle Loom Stand for 120cm$345.00 inc GST
Rigid Heddle Loom – 60cm -The Complete Learners Weaving Kit$565.00 inc GST
You can also see more weaving tutorials on our YouTube channel