I’m currently visiting the home of tartan (!!!!) but so far it’s been a holiday light on weaving stuff. Did see some cool backstrap weaving bits at the National Museum of Scotland (they werent Scottish) but I haven’t bumped into any Scottish weavy stuff. Of course there are kilts and clan tartan identifiers, but other than many a thing made from Harris Tweed I’ve struck out! So far…
A post or two from now, I’m going to start talking about looms. There are all kinds of looms out there, but I want to focus on what I’ve found useful as a new weaver, which means I will focus on rigid heddle looms and shaft/harness looms.
As I don’t want to leave the other types of loom weaving out entirely, I thought I’d do a pictorial list. I’m sure I’ll have missed some, but these are the main types I’ve come across.
First up is a frame loom, though this is a small version of what is used for tapestry and sometimes rag rugs.
Then there is the pin loom, which makes squares with bobbly edges.
The rigid heddle is the loom I use.
This is a backstrap loom. Makes the most sense when you see it in use!
This is an inkle loom for making bands.
Here is a tablet loom. Tablets are quite an old way to weave.
Peg looms are a very old type of loom.
A table loom, so called because it sits on a table.
Floor loom – well, that’s just self explanatory!