Hi there and sorry if this already exists. I'm a spinner (artyarn and also some vanilla) and I want to go into weaving. I just did some card weaving before, no loom. I have been thinking about it for a while and my choice would have been a Kromski harp, 60cm. Because it`s foldable, I like Kromski and it already has the shearing opportunities.
Then a friend said that she knows someone who offers another rigid heddle loom (swiss brand (arm or something like that), neither ashford nor kromski) for free, or she herself would sell a 8shaft table loom for a quite good price. So I totally don't know what to do now. I don't really know much about table looms and what the advantages or disadvantages to rigid heddles are. Are there also kind of heddles in different sizes, for different yarn thickness? Is it faster or better to spin with a shaft loom? What equipment does one need for a table loom? What about double width/circular weaving? Soemwhere I read that 8 shaft looms would be a bit advanced for beginners, 4 shafts would be better. Could one convert a 8-shaft to a 4-shaft, or use just 4?
And could one use the Kromski or Ashford accessories like combs or a second heddle set for a different brand of loom? I read that one could use Ashford heddles on a Kromski, but I don't know how this is for a different loom, which maybe is 10 cm bigger.
Can someone give me some advice please? Thanks a lot!
*putting some free virtual cheesecake in the round*