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Weaving Looms

Updated on August 22, 2014

Weaving Looms for Marvelous Materials!

Practice an ancient craft to make modern textiles!

A loom is used to weave cloth. In the 1400s, the term "loom" was used to denote a machine that allowed a person to weave thread into cloth. By the 1830s, it had expanded to mean any kind of machine that allowed the use of thread or yarn to weave, knit or make lace.

Today there are all kinds of weaving looms available, from the smaller child's looms used to make potholders and other crafts, to large looms used to make large pieces of cloth material.

It's very satisfying to watch the cloth take shape as you use a loom to weave whatever colors and patterns you desire.

Some people like to start small and see if they enjoy weaving enough to make it a long-term craft, while others jump right in and get a big loom so they can make large pieces of woven materials.

From fine materials to rugs, you can weave whatever material your heart desires!

Enjoy checking out the varying types of weaving looms here, starting from the smaller types and progressing to larger looms for the person looking to make woven masterpieces!

Potholder Weaving Loom
Potholder Weaving Loom

Potholder Weaving Loom

Weaving For Children

This is the kind of loom most often used for children. It's a great size to make potholders, and affords a child a lot of fun while crafting.

However, it has other uses as well.

For instance, you can use this loom to make enough pieces to sew or crochet together and make a lap blanket, afghan or even a blanket big enough for bed.

For a child or someone who just wants to get a feel for weaving, this is a great little loom to start out with.

Pros for this loom: cheap, easy and portable

Cons for this loom: limited on the size of woven material.

More Small Weaving Looms

There are many different small looms available, though they more or less follow the same style. Some are a little bigger to allow for larger pieces of woven materials. All are great for crafts, and make good looms for children. If you want a super birthday or Christmas gift, a small weaving loom makes a wonderful way to encourage kids with textile crafts.

This is a classic children's weaving loom. Yarn is included.

This Zen Loom is for adults, and meant to help clear your mind. It uses colored slats to create patterns you can change.

The SES Creative Childrens LARGE Weaving Loom Kit is more like the big looms, and gives a great introduction to the art of weaving.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Loom

Weaving Looms for Beginners

A rigid heddle loom is a good beginners loom. It allows you to learn how to weave without spending much money. It is suitable for light work such as placemats, scarves and shawls, and of course, fabric for other uses. It is the equivalent of a 2-harness loom, This is an excellent way to learn the techniques of weaving useful for this and bigger types of looms, including table and floor looms.

This rigid heddle weaving loom by Beka has a 20-inch weaving width.

LeClerc 24-inch rigid heddle weaving loom for beginners and intermediate weavers.

Ashford 32-inch width rigid heddle weaving loom for those who love to weave!

Weaving Loom Instructions - Simple warping for a Rigid Heddle loom

This shows you how to get your rigid heddle loom ready for weaving.

Glimakra 12 Spool Rack

This spool holder is a great tool to use for warping. It holds 12 spools of thread, and has screw eyes on the top so the thread comes off easily and the spools unwind smoothly.

At almost 39-inches in height, there isn't a huge gap between the level of the thread and the loom.

A spool holder can be a great help when weaving!

Ashford Weaving Stand for 32 inch Rigid Heddle

If you don't want to have to sit your weaving loom on a table, you can buy a handy weaving stand to fit the size of the loom you have. This particular stand is for the Ashford 32-inch rigid heddle loom, but of course you can buy stands for different size looms.

This is a great size loom to make beautiful weaving projects!

Book has instructions for wonderful projects and plain-weave variations. It is a user-friendly guide for both beginners and experienced weavers and covers choosing, setting up, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom.

Mirrix Looms 38 inch ZeusLoom - For weavers who would love a floor loom but don't have the space!

Mirrix Looms 38 inch Weaving ZeusLoom
Mirrix Looms 38 inch Weaving ZeusLoom

Here's a neat loom to make a bigger piece of woven fabric... 38 inches wide!

It's a super loom for someone who doesn't have the space for the larger floor looms, and is also less expensive than most floor looms.

Whether you are a beginner or a long-time weaving artist, this loom has a lot going for it!

How To Weave Books

Great reads to help you weave!

Don't know how to weave? No worries! There are plenty of books to help you learn how to weave!

Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler, this study guide has been used by more than 40,000 weavers.

Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom

Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving book is a user-friendly guide that covers choosing a rigid heddle weaving loom, how to set one up, and the actual weaving process. Versatile projects for maximum fun!

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I am just starting out on a rigid heddle loom, and I love it! Thanks for the great information!