Janet Major

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Shaft Loom

These can be table or floor models and more complex patterns can be woven on them, the more shafts you have the more complex the pattern can be.

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.

Katie Loom

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.
Again I have chosen a fold up model that I can take out with me.

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.

This bag for my Mayan spinner was woven on this loom.


Floor Loom

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.
I also chose my loom to weave widths of material for sewing with so it is much wider than the Katie but this was my choice.

Threading the heddles for the bag shown below

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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