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Rigid Heddle Looms
We fell in love with these looms as soon as we saw them. They both come already strung with enough yarn in the warp for two scarves. The mechanism to move the heddle up and down more carefully matches the movement of bigger looms. Because of the heddle movement, they are the best loom short of one costing at least three times as much to demonstrate the process of weaving. Their width enables the weaver to make useful objects without having to stitch pieces together. And if you want to do "hands on" weaving for spectators with the individual come away with a finished product, you could let each person weave enough for a placemat size piece of fabric. The pictures show some of the important features of the looms. The two looms are identical except for the width and the color patterns of the pre-strung scarves. The smaller one on the right (about 6 1/2 inches wide and making a scarf about a yard long) is a rainbow pattern while the larger one on the left below (about 13 1/2 x inches wide and making a scarf about four feet long) is much darker with brown, dark blue, and purple.
We have found the biggest challenge is to keep the proper tension so that the weaving doesn't "hourglass" inward with the width of the finished fabric getting narrower and narrower (The instruction book discusses the proper tension). But beware. Weaving can become addictive and, once started, you will want to do "just one more row."
The pictures show some of the important features of the looms.
The first is the tension gear. This gear keeps the warp at the proper tightness for even
are two of them -- one on each end reel.
The next image shows the heddle in the "up" position. The bottom of the heddle rests on the
post, thus allowing the shuttle to pass through the warp yarns. Also note the groove cut near the bottom of
the post. After the shuttle passes through, the heddle is moved to the "down" position and a small metal peg
in the bottom of the heddle catches in that groove and holds the warp yarns apart so the shuttle may pass
This last picture shows the heddle in the "down" position and ready for a pass of the shuttle in the opposite direction. By moving the heddle, the warp yarns that had been on the top set in the "up" position are now on the bottom and visa versa. The bottom of the heddle blocks the view of the groove near the bottom of the post.
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