It's been a while since I've made a post here! I had been trying to decide whether to mesh together this blog here with my Tumblr blog and thought I had it figured out but I'm still struggling. So for now, I will continue posting things here. This is another loom post. Enjoy!
The second in my tools series is about my second and much larger loom. For this one, I wanted to get a bigger one to make larger projects but I never would have gone for one this large if it hadn't been for my dad who helped me buy it (thank you so much Dad!!).
So this loom is the 48 inch Tapesty Loom by Harrisville. I bought it through The Woolery at this link but I saw it recently on Amazon so you could check there too if you're interested in the loom. It is wooden, except for the pegs, knobs for adjusting the height, and the metal connectors and such. Mine came with a few marks but nothing too noticeable. It was fairly easy to put together, though I had two people helping me.
This is definitely a large loom; I had to take some time to figure out where I wanted it to sit because while it's not so heavy that it can't be moved, it is large enough to be unwieldy and requires two people to move large distances or over a flight of stairs. The feet holding it up are also a bit wide as well so it has to be far enough away from the wall. They're needed for stability of course, and it isn't really a problem for me since I need room behind the loom to manipulate long yarn ends and that sort of thing.
There are 97 pegs and they are white, round, and angled away from the wood so the warp won't come off. I had to count them and then lightly mark them by tens so I could match the top and bottom (I sometimes have trouble telling if the warp is straight if I don't do this, haha).
There were no tools that came along with the loom since it's not a kit, but it did come with instructions for how to use it, in addition to instructions for putting it together. I have unfortunately lost the instructions since putting the loom together but luckily I haven't needed them.
The instructions did have a few pictures which included children at the loom so it is likely this loom is meant for children, a school setting maybe. The loom works perfectly though for my purposes since I specifically wanted a large loom. As in the photos of a few children working each at a different weaving, I can have multiple weavings going on once. How many simply depends on how wide I want each weaving to be. I have yet to try out making one gigantic weaving but that is also a possibility.
The only issue I've had so far is figuring out how to sit at the loom. The best way for me to sit is to initially sit on a short stool. It doesn't provide back support but it's better than the floor. Once I get far enough up, I switch to a chair. If I change to the chair too soon though, I end up having to bend over. I also could try starting the weave farther up but I prefer to start the weaving right from the bottom next to the pegs which means I have to be closer to the ground.
That problem is minor, however; I actually love this loom. I love how much space there is to use and how much freedom that gives me in terms of how large or small to make my weavings. I'm very pleased with it overall and feel it was a good investment since I think it will last a long time. If you are interested in a large loom, I would recommend adding this one to your list.
Christine, artist and maker