It might be touch blasphemous to ask about weaving looms here but im quite interested in getting my dad to make one for me. just a simple frame work one. [he's a farmer in severe Australian drought times, he wants something to do]
but the question is, how do you knit scarves on them?
would it have to be looooooong to weave 2 metres?
or is there some trick im missing from looking at the pictures of looms. they al seemt o only make about 40cm long max.

Maybe i should just learn to crochet...

Im nearing the end of a scarf and im getting all fidgety that i dont have another scarf planned and ready to start as soon as i finish this one!


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QueerJoe's picture

There are lots of different kinds of looms, some very complex, and some very simple, but most of them allow you to weave fabric that is much longer than the loom itself by having something that will roll the unwoven lengths of yarn and the woven fabric onto rollers...only keeping the current weaving section open for working on.

It would be very difficult to build a loom without specific designs or a very strong understanding of how they work.

Google on inkle looms and small looms to see what some folks have built or bought already built.

ffarff's picture

I've already done a great deal of googling for looms, and ive found some with the rounded bits i figure are to wind etc.
Its just hard to figure out what is the simplest that will do the job right by just pictures. more research required i believe...

scottly's picture

Here in the US indigenous peoples have a long weaving tradition and from what I've seen their looms can be very simple. I was wondering if Australia's aboriginal peoples have a weaving tradition. I think that would be a fun project to research and work on.

Check this site out.


ffarff's picture

They do weave. im supposing every indigenous culture has some sort of weaving even if they have pelts. [im guessing.

im not sure if the aboriginals made material or just baskets, and fishing nets and useful things like that. I admit im not very much in the know about it and briefly using google i cant find much.

captin_jack's picture

There is a lady here in town that has a very simple triangle shaped loom. It is a large wooden triangle, maybe 60 inches across and 30 inches up and down, with nails spaced every 1/2 inch or so along all three sides. She loads the loom by running her fiber vertically between all of the nails, up and down, up and down, until all of the nails are used. Then, she hand weaves the horizontal part (I always get warp and weft confused, otherwise I would use the appropriate terms), zig zagging between all of the nails again. It makes beautiful tringle shaped shawls. There are probably details that are important, like tension of the fiber, even or odd numbers of nails, etc., but it always looks pretty cool when I see it.

ffarff's picture

ah, ha, yet another sort of weaving. im going to look that up. it sounds interesting.
ive just done some research on circular weaving things that make triangular shawls/scarves. It confused me even more!
Mainly due to there being 'board knitting' and 'circular weaving knitting' and plain ol' weaving.

Blankie's picture

Well, as a weaver, I'm thrilled you asked about looms. Other than the frame loom and the inkle loom (which will limit you to about 4" wide and produces a rather stiff fabric--think guitar straps), I'd highly recommend a rigid heddle loom to start with if you want to make scarves. The warp (lengthways yarns) wrap around a beam or rod in the back, and are edged forward as the work progresses and the resulting fabric is wrapped around a beam or rod in the front. Scarves can be extremely long if you'd like, depending on how much you can wrap around the beams.

I believe Ashford in N.Z. is your best bet for a good inexpensive starter loom. They make good products at a reasonable cost. You'll still spend a bit of money, but look at what they call the Knitter's Loom (http://www.knittersloom.com/) which is a rigid heddle loom. If you're dad is super bored and super crafty, he might be able to make a version of this since there are few parts (the shed mechanism is one piece of holes and slots in a board).

Good luck and happy weaving!!!

Ames (Blankie)

ffarff's picture

Dad went to 'farmers school' where he learnt carpentry, wool grading and general McGuyver skills [haha but true] so i think he might be able to able to make me one.

but ill check out one the stores that sell the Ashford looms in Melbourne. thanks a lot of the info!