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Looms

  • Selecting a Reed Collecting reeds is often found in the committed weaver. Although it is possible to sley a reed with a wide mix of ends through adjacent dents, to achieve the desired pattern of ends across the width, the call for a new reed is often irresistible. The notes below are a guide in measuring up for a reed, and to ensure that it meets t

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  • An inkle loom is ideal for learning about the technique of weaving. You can weave long strips of fabric which can be used as straps, belts, and decorative edgings. In woven fabrics, two sets of yarns cross perpendicular to one another. One set, known as the warp, is held taut on the loom. The weft set is woven over and under the suspended warp. We

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  • This balanced double weave scarf (pictured right) set at 20 epi uses a design from Handwoven magazine. It includes a Celtic Knot in the design with a final size of 25cm x 150cm (10" x 60"). The back face is light grey and the image is brought through the weave structure. The yarn is Jagger spun 2/18 wool/silk, giving 10,000m/kg (5,000yd/lb). The sc

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  • The choice of a weaving loom is very personal. Many factors influence the decision and these are discussed in general terms below. Equipment costs and the type of weaving loom has to be considered along with the type of fabric to be produced. Loom design is a series of compromises. A balance has to be made between overall size, accessibility in dre

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  • The autodenter is most helpful for sleying the reed when threading the warp onto the weaving loom ‘back-to-front’. You can work left-to-right or right-to-left across the reed, whichever your handedness prefers. The autodenter Looking at the autodenter you will see that it is made of two distinct parts, a wooden handle with two short metal ‘fi

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  • Complex weaver, Ans Drost, emailed these photographs of the weavings she has achieved on her Louët Megado loom. Ans says of the image below 'the same pattern in a different colour. It is still done in tied weave, Summer and Winter. The yarn is 5/2 cotton. I do like this colour better.'

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  • Our resident weaver, Susan Litton, is often heard expounding the virtues of the basic rigid heddle (also known as tabby loom). 'It's a very good experimental loom for creating woven cloth for tea towels, soft furnishings and clothing!' In 2002 one of our regular customers, Alison Butcher (pictured below) arrived wearing her rigid heddle woven skirt

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  • The Schacht Zoom Loom is a pin loom that is very easy and comfortable to use. The instructions contain a step by step process of how to use the loom and a selection of projects. The loom has been designed for creating woven squares which can be joined together to create scarves, place mats, throws and other items. A Trail Run I found the instructio

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  • By Allison Holland I have very little weaving experience but wanted to see if I could add a continuous warp to the Mini Loom sold by us here at George Weil. I had thought that the loom was just a basic frame and that the size of the woven cloth would be determined by the looms length and width. However, the warp can be extended so that scarves or t

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  • The range of looms featured on the George Weil website are built by skilled craftsmen from long established manufacturers. There are the GAV Glimåkra AB looms from Sweden, the Louet looms from the Netherlands, the Schacht looms from America and the Ashford looms from New Zealand. The extended range of looms and other craft materials and equipment

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  • The value of a length of woven material lies primarily in the time taken in design, loom preparation, the weaving and the fabric finishing. The cost of the weaving yarn is generally a very small proportion of the final value. At first sight there is a huge range of yarns available to the hand loom weaver. Poor weaving yarn selection can ruin all th

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  • The Ashford Fringe Twister has been designed to make light work of making twisted fringe for handwoven garments, knitted scarves or for needle work projects - the finishing touch to your handmade items. You can also use the finge twister to create corded cotton, or to twist sliver prior to felting it. Features There are four alligator clips mounted

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  • A 90 denier monofilament yarn which shrinks by 40% when placed in water at 40°C, and dissolves completely at 70°C. This yarn offers weavers exciting possibilities for experimentation. The water soluble yarn can be used to support a low strength warp or weft yarn, stabilise open weaves and create accurately placed holes. The low temperature for d

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  • We are often asked advice about the crafts advertised on our website. Whilst we have a good knowledge of most of the techniques, we cannot always claim to be experts. The traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing are championed by The Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. The objectives of this Association are 'the preserva

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  • The Schacht End-Delivery Shuttle is designed especially and precisely for handweavers. It is lightweight, comfortable to throw and catch, adjustable to a variety of yarns, and easy to thread. The shuttle has a pirn which remains stationary, instead of a free-spinning bobbin. The weft yarn unwinds off the pirn’s tip when the shuttle is in motion a

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  • We source a huge range of craft materials and equipment from manufacturers across the world. Our selection of weaving looms and tools are chosen from three main suppliers, the Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. in the USA, Louët in The Netherlands, and GAV Glimarkra AB in Sweden. Formerly known as AB Gunnar Anderssons Vävskedsfabrik, GAV Glimarkra AB

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  • George Weil came from Alsace, France in 1891 to supply silks linings to the fur trade. As this controversial fashion became unpopular, the family business had to explore other ways of surviving. The craft market was the obvious choice as these finely woven silk fabrics look stunning when painted with silk paints or acid dyes. Today, George Weil sup

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  • When ordering a new reed, check the overall length of the reed you are replacing. This includes the end caps which add about 2.5cm to the total length. The reed height is normally defined by the size of the opening in the beater. Most looms are flexible in the height of the reed they can accept, which is defined by the shed created between the bea

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  • Monty Don presents a new BBC 2 series 'Mastercrafts', celebrating the nation's craftsmanship and the recent renaissance in traditional crafts. The series kicks off on 12th February 2010 at 9pm. Amongst the 6 episodes can be seen Margo Selby, Weaver and Woven Textile Designer. How were we involved? Margo contacted us to see if we could get hold of t

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  • Schacht have brought out a special limited edition of the 8 Shaft Baby Wolf in walnut wood and the Matchless Spinning Wheel in cherry wood to mark their 40th Anniversary. They're also running a competition 'I made it on my Schacht' Let us know if you enter the contest as we would love to see what you have created and we will add a link from the Blo

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