A big difference between a shaft hand loom and floor loom is you can 'tie up' the 8 shafts in a floor loom and attach them to the pedals so that one pedal can move several shafts in the pattern, in a hand loom you would have to lift each shaft individually.
Here I am only using the middle 4 shafts, and two are selected
This is my Katie loom, which has 8
shafts and sits on a table to use. I use it as a sample loom. Table looms come
in a variety of widths and usually with 4 or 8 shafts. There will be a lever to
select each shaft used in the pattern, so if 4 shafts are needed for a row of
the pattern then 3 levers will need to be moved.
This 4 shaft
sample was completed on this loom. It is 150 cm long and is great to have in
helping to decide which pattern to use or adapt.
There are two big advantages to me
of my floor loom, the main one being that treadles select the shaft so if I need
shaft 1,5,8 in one row in the pattern I can tie these up and select them with
just one push of a treadle.
Threading the heddles for the bag
This is the first bag I wove on the loom. The design is Macintosh inspired! It holds my inklette loom, which I used for weaving the handles of it.
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