Monthly Archives: March 2012

What’s on the loom?

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Pre-Columbian birds in warp substitution.  These were re-charted from the pebble weave birds in Laverne Waddington’s book: http://www.patternfish.com/patterns/8348.  Woven on a rigid heddle loom with 8/4 carpet warp. (Yes, I know the dark weft shows in the white parts, I’m choosing to think it adds interest rather than admit I’m not pulling tightly enough!) 🙂

Rigid heddle loom reviews

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A few weeks ago I got a Kromski Fiddle rigid heddle loom and stand.  At the time, the review I wrote was this:

I have been weaving for a number of years on a variety of looms from inkle and backstrap to table and floor looms.  My reason for purchasing this was to use it for warp faced pickup pieces.  My thinking was, that with the stand tilted, it’s got the angle of a backstrap with the freedom to get up when you need to.  I am SO disappointed!  It is almost impossible to beat firmly, since the stand rocks forward and the ratchets/pawls are so tiny and delicate they disengage when you bump the beam with your knee or rock the loom by beating your weft in.  I originally liked the look of the turnings, but it seems my weft keeps catching on the handle of the front beam.  The holes and slots are small, and a yarn that I have successfully used before at that sett shredded and pilled from the abrasion.  In addition, the heddle falls off the block while trying to count the threads for pickup.

Ok, so today I got the chance to try a variety of the Schacht and Ashford rigid heddle looms, as well as the Glimakra Emilia.  I’ve got to say, I loved the Emilia.  But for the price, the Kromski blows Schacht and Ashford away.  They just feel…cheaper and more delicate, but cost more then the fiddle!

I got some small lightweight plastic clamps at  the hardware store ($2 each) and put them on the heddle blocks: 

Problem solved!  The problem about it rocking forward was solved by holding the stand down with my feet while I beat.  The other problem will likely be solved with an Ashford reed/heddle, which has bigger holes/slots and reportedly also fits the Kromski.  LOOOONG story short:  I like my Kromski. 🙂