"What are you going to make?"
"What can you make?"
These were responses I was getting from everyone.
To be honest, I didn't even know. This was a project full of epic trial and error.
How it all started:
After an intriguing conversation with a friend that was into all sorts of textiles, threads, dyes, felts etc
I really wanted to try weaving something with a loom.
It seemed a bit more efficient and less tedious than knitting. (Granted I learnt how to knit from youtube videos)
A loom didn't look impossible to make/figure out... So why not.
Here's my first shot at a basic Slot & Eye Heddle Loom.
Basic - Intermediate wood working skills
Table/Band Saw (can use hand saw as well)
Drill & Bits
1/4-3/8" thick mdf/ply/flooring (3.5" x 12")
2 old hangers
Screws & Nails (various)
Yarn, string or thread.
Step 1: Loom parts & terminology
Again, I have no prior knowledge of looms & weaving, so feel free to add/correct/etc.
Also, my material choice is limited to the scrap bin.
There may be better ways of making certain parts... so modify to suit your needs/materials.
All the components are assemble onto the frame.
As you weave (the shuttle through the warp yarns) the warp yarns become cloth.
The newly made material is then wrapped around this beam/roller.
Holds the Warp yarn.
As the weaving progresses, the warp yarns roll out towards the cloth beam and become fabric.
Slot & Eye Reed:
The warp yarn run through the Reed.
The reed is what criss crosses the yarn.
The warp yarn going through the eye is fixed, and the warp thread going through the slot moves up and down.
With each pass of the shuttle the reed is moved.
The alternating warp yarn traps the weft yarn creating fabric.
Warp Set up bar:
Determines the length of your warp yarn.
Allow you to advance the warp yarn and keep the tension between the warp & cloth beams
Allows you to set the reed up by pulling the warp yarn strands through the slots & eyes.
The shuttles hold the weft yarn.
The weft passes through the warp yarns with each change of the reed and gets trapped.
This creates the fabric.