Back in September of 2010 I acquired a paddle loom.
|Paddle loom with matching shuttle, made from|
curly maple. It technically doesn't have a "paddle"
because I wanted it to be as short as was practicable.
I set to weaving what I had on hand: DMC pearl cotton and DMC cotton 6-ply embroidery floss.
|First (or second?) experiment. DMC pearl cotton|
warp and weft, using 15 warps. The resulting tape
is about 3/8" wide.
|The upper tape is DMC pearl cotton warp and weft. The lower|
tape is DMC 6-ply embroidery floss (using random
colors I wanted to get rid of). I used a full 6 plies for the weft.
|A pair of stocking garters, in three shades of pink.|
|These are made from DMC 6-ply embroidery floss. For the|
weft I used 3-ply. They have 41 warp threads (I think)
and are about 3/4" wide.
The one thing I haven't succeeded at yet is doing a pick-up pattern. I really want to try this one from WeaveZine. I think pick-up patterns work best if one uses different weights for the warp threads an so far I haven't had a chance to try it. But someday....
I surfed the web a bit in writing this post, and see that there are some great looking table-top looms available. Box looms (as seen on Jonathan Seidel's website) and paddle looms like mine have some historical backing, so if you're interested in doing historic demonstrations, those might be more appropriate. If you want to be able to weave wider wares, you may want to consider a table-top loom. If you really just want to save space (like I do) and maybe also some money, go for the paddle loom.