Upcycling a little box into a band loom

I can’t share photographs of the weaving that I am doing for my new book, nor can I say anything about it, but, I can tell you about something else I have been up to. 🙂

I absolutely love weaving Scandinavian style woven bands, using different styles of rigid heddles.

Many people weave narrow bands by using backstrap looms, which I find to be a complete misery to work with. ugh.

I love using my Norwegian cradle loom and other rigid heddle looms.

Weaving with a Norwegian cradle loom

Weaving with a Norwegian cradle loom

I’ve been mulling over the idea of making a smaller, more portable box loom based on the Norwegian cradle loom.

A few weeks ago, as we were cleaning and clearing in preparation for our big move, we found some sweet little drawers that my father in law had made many decades ago.

He had reclaimed some tiny little wooden butter boxes and made wee drawers for his workshop with them:

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copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay http://www.tottietalkscrafts.com

And, since then, the idea for building a tiny, oh so portable band weaving box loom has been gestating in my mind….

After much trial and error, I have built the little loom, and absolutely adore it!

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay www.tottietalkscrafts.com

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay http://www.tottietalkscrafts.com

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay www.tottietalkscrafts.com

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay http://www.tottietalkscrafts.com

I have made a small video that shows what I did to build this little charmer:

This is the ratchet and pawl that I designed for my loom.

I made them from a scrap of marine plywood, which allowed me to curve the pawl.

I am going to make the next one from a piece of purpleheart that we’ve been saving, so I am going to make the pawl straight, to make it stronger and not risk breaking it by cutting a curve against the grain.

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay www.tottietalkscrafts.com

copyright Noreen Crone-Findlay http://www.tottietalkscrafts.com

If you are interested in learning more about weaving Scandinavian style narrow bands, definitely seek out the work of the marvelous weaver extraordinaire, Susan Foulkes:

And, if you’d like to see some of the ways that I use narrow bands please click:

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6 responses to “Upcycling a little box into a band loom

  1. This is exciting…A friend gave me a handful of bobbins and spindle ends, one with a ratchet-cut end, I wonder….hmmmm

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    • Oh my goodness… you have the start of something wonderful! You’ll need to trace the ratchet and make it’s partner, and two pawls. You’re so creative that I imagine that it won’t be long before you’ve built yourself a magical little loom! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  2. What an amazing work of art, and a way to make a loom out of a precious piece of wooden family history!

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  3. nice. I wrote the book, tape loom weaving… simplified. I like your home made loom… just what people would have done is to have used what they have. It is so simple really. I am going to link you to my pinterest page of tape looms!

    Have fun!
    Reggie

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    • Hi Reggie, I haven’t seen your book yet, and I look forward to seeing it sometime!🙂
      I have just completed a big modification on my little box loom that is really excellent. I am working to deadline on a bunch of things right now, so haven’t had time to photograph it, but will do that asap and post the pics. Happy weaving! Noreen

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