Recently, someone asked me about the dimensions of my inkle loom.
So, I’ve taken pictures of my loom and measured it, in hopes that this helps her husband in building her inkle loom.
My husband built mine from reclaimed wood from pallets, and it’s VERY hard wood.
You need hardwood for an inkle loom, as you put so much pressure on it.
I have woven everything from rugs to garments to bags to bookmarks on this loom. I love it.
I am not alone in loving my inkle loom…. my cats LOVE to help me warp it!
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Noreen, Thanks so much for taking the time to photograph your inkle from all angles! It’s extremely helpful. I’ll have to look around hubby’s stash of wood (I have a stash of fiber, he has wood) for soemthing suitable.
Basically, we took the design in Helene Bress’s book and tweaked it for my purposes. It’s a truly stellar loom and I love it.
Hope you and your husband have fun putting yours together!
Inkle looms are magical, aren’t they?
You ladies are so lucky to have such handy men around the house. That looks like quite a complicated project!
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I found this page by a link from another site. This is designed like an old Morgan inkle loom, with a couple of marked improvements: Using the thinner, but stronger nails to hold the tension bar makes it easier to maintain a finer tension; and the knobs on both sides of it will keep it with the loom so it doesn’t become a missing piece. The different woods only add to the beauty, and your husband did a beautiful job of finishing it off. Who’d know it was reclaimed pallet wood! Recycling is great. He could sell these.
Thank you so much, Linda! :o)
He did indeed do a beautiful job of it. It was a great deal of work
for him to build it. It was a gift of love, and he has said he won’t
be making another. :o)
There are several loom builders out there who are making beautiful
By the way, did you see this entry:
Thanks again for your very thoughtful comment! I really appreciate it!
Lovely, I like the small touches that make it so YOU..
When you warp, do you remove one side of the loom panel?
Thank you so much! I burned the images of the Weaving Goddess, Ichexl (sp?) I can draw her better than I can spell her! LOL
No, the side doesn’t come off. If the cone of thread or yarn is too big to pass through the spaces of the horizontal bars, I wind off bobbins of it, and use those instead.
Having the sides securely anchored makes a beautifully solid loom that does not flex or wobble.
I can warp it up quick as a wink, so having it closed is not an issue for me.
Hi Noreen … that is a beautiful loom. May I have your permission to make one for my wife and I?
We both want to learn to weave (miniatures of course) and that is one of the best looms I have seen so far.
Yes indeed! Go for it! If I were going to do it again, though, I would make the 2 uprights a touch taller, to give just a touch more room between the dowels. This would allow for larger balls or bobbins of yarn to pass between the dowels when warping it. Otherwise, I love this loom. The tensioning device works beautifully, and it’s a sturdy, all round fine loom! Happy Weaving! 😀
Another tip: Make your heddles first, and then put them on the heddle dowel before you glue it in place. That’ll save you a HEAP of time! and, make yourself a ton of heddles….. when you are weaving with very fine threads, you’ll use a lot of heddles. 😀
i have just gotten at a yrd sale an inkle loom that looks similar to this is there somewhere i can see how to warp it up and weave on it
There is one book that has been a standard for ages: Inkle Loom Weaving by Helene Bress and there’s a new one about to be released that looks FABULOUS… by Anne Dixon. (I have my copy on order, and can hardly wait for it to arrive!) :o)
Noreen, how long is your longest warp with this loom, please? I’m trying to decide what I want to do for tablet weaving and I keep coming back to this design. I think I’d put a lot of heddles on it during construction in case I want to try inkle weaving, too.
The longest length is about 90 inches 🙂
Thanks for posting this. I’m getting some ideas for making my own, and I like the double-sided construction of this one. One question though – if you had it to do over, would making the heddle dowel removable make it easier to warp?
No, I just tied a million heddles onto the heddle bar permanently. I can warp that loom in a blaze! 🙂 I love the double sided loom, as it’s so stable and balanced to weave on. I find open sided inkle looms always flop around and tip over while I’m weaving with them.
When warping this loom, do you pass the ball of thread through the heddles?
Yes, I do. I find that winding bobbins of the thread or yarn is the most efficient way of doing this. Warping the loom is quick and easy.
Great, thankyou for your fast reply. I do the Andean Pebble Weaving and this loom looks very sturdy for that purpose.
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It is really sturdy, and I love how it’s so stable and balanced. Sometimes, inkle looms that are open on one side can feel like they are going to topple over while you weave on them. This one just sits there like a peach! Happy weaving!
Thankyou, I’ve just been to the hardware store.
Hello Noreen. Thank you very much for the photos and clear descriptions of your inkle loom. I was gifted one today and couldn’t identify it. I went with my first instinct of some sort of inkle and indeed it is! I’ve only known the open-sided inkles and mine is closed just like yours. Thanks for helping solve the mystery. I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with my new loom.
I much prefer the close sided inkle looms. Hope you enjoy yours! Happy weaving!