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knittertoo
« on: April 07, 2006 07:42:00 AM »

I am hoping to get a rigid heddle loom for my birthday in May but was wondering what the best one was?  There are so many to choose from and I just don't know where to begin.  I am a new weaver so this is all greek to me at this point!  Thanks so much in advance!

angela
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chipper
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2006 08:11:32 AM »

I love my 32" Kromski Harp.  They have 2 other (smaller) sizes, too.  The Harp has a warping board on the back which is cool.  It definitely makes measuring out the warp easy and with no extra purchase.   I like that it folds up with the project on it.  This makes it portable and it takes up less space.  you can see it here http://www.pacificwoolandfiber.com/Weaving.htm   I have the stand for it and the 8dent heddle too.  I Love this loom and would totally recommend it to anyone.

Ashford as a new one out that they are calling a "knitter's loom"  see it here http://www.pacificwoolandfiber.com/Ashford%20Looms.htm  but I have no experience with this one though

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2006 03:54:29 PM »

Thanks for asking this question knittertwo! I've been researching these too. Here's another question- (very newbie)- can we do different weaves on the rigid heddle loom? I've seen some types that can only do the "plain weave".

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006 04:09:26 PM »

you can do other weaves on a rigid heddle by using pick up sticks or a 2nd heddle.   I don't really have any experience with this those cause the "plain" weave is more than enough for me Smiley  I like to say "over and under, every other one is about as advanced as this brain gets"  Smiley

I just put pics of my latest project on my blog.  Feel free to check it out at  http://weaverbrewerandthefam.blogspot.com/
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2006 07:41:58 PM »

With some experimenting and 2 heddles on the same loom, you can get other designs without pick-up sticks.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2007 01:34:36 PM »

Question for chipper or anyone else - I am a prospective weaver and am going to take a class first, but if all goes well, the loom I've been eyeing is the 32" harp. Here's my question: does that refer to the width of the loom or the width of the fabric it creates? I'd love to be able to weave fabric wide enough to sew clothing, and so I wouldn't want it to be any narrower than 32".

Thanks! Smiley
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chipper
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2007 07:21:12 AM »

well, of course, I can't find a tape measure to save my life this morning to measure the full width of the loom  Roll Eyes  (darn kids  Wink

I have woven some baby blankets 31 inches wide.  There was still a few more slots, so you can get very close to a 32 inch piece of fabric (the loom is wider than the 32" but I'm not sure exactly how wide due to that ever elusive tape measure, as soon as I find the darn thing, I'll measure it for you)

You will love the harp!  at least I love mine Wink
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ceedah
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2007 09:22:27 AM »

Thanks, chipper! That's good to know. I'm excited to learn to weave. Smiley
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