About that new loom

20130805-111048.jpgWhisper quiet, except for the gentle tap, tap of the treadles.

This is a Glimakra band loom, a loom that weaves a narrow band of cloth, up to five inches wide.


Do I need that many bands?

Actually, I do.

There are lanyards, belts, sandal straps (for Sseko sandals), apron ties, ribbons for gifts, and ties for pretty bundles of things…the list goes on. Most of these are narrow things, maybe no more than an inch wide.

I could use an inkle loom.  In fact I have an Ashford Inklette. There’s something about an inkle loom that is uncomfortable for me. I’ve never found a good posture for holding one, and I always feel like I need another hand when I weave on one. Not so with this loom.  I sit facing the side of it, with a shuttle in my left hand and a band knife (picture a dull cake knife) in my right hand, for beating the weft. One foot on each treadle. I can weave yards of warp-patterned bands this way.

In fact, I have woven two lanyards, a pair of sandal straps, which are each two yards long, ties for an apron, and a couple of miscellaneous lengths for pretty bundles of things.

The Texsolv heddles are wonderfully quiet. I could refit my floor loom with them. It might make the treadling a little lighter and a little quieter. Jack looms are never completely quiet, and there is still a lot of hardware that gets lifted on each shaft.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a big, silent, totally adaptable Glimakra Standard loom to join the household. If any of my readers know of one for sale in western/central MA or environs, let’s talk about it.


2 thoughts on “About that new loom

  1. I love all of your stories and insights. I am a new weaver and in search of inspiration. I guess I just have to look when my eyes are open and dream when they are closed.
    I am very interested in the band loom. My brother weaves cane and rush chairs and has been doing so for 40 years. After seeing a shaker chair with a tape seat I had an ah ha moment. I can weave the tape and Nick cane weave the seat. I would love to see an in person demonstration of the Glimakra Loom. I am leaning toward buying one. I am in Philadelphia and am willing to travel. Any suggestions?

  2. Kate, welcome to weaving. There’s a lifetime of things to explore, maybe even a couple of lifetimes worth.

    I am still very happy with this loom and hope you can give one a try. If you ever plan to come up to WEBS for a shopping trip, let me know. I’m within a half hour of there and you could try out my loom.

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