Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fun with Tape Loom

A few years ago I bought a treadle tape loom from David Hoffman of The Joyner's Shop. The loom is a replica of one at the Landis Valley Farm Museum. I had to tweak it a little -- namely, sand down the sides of the rigid heddles a bit -- when the wood swelled up with summer humidity, but otherwise it's a lovely loom. I didn't use it much the first year or two that I had it, but this spring I've been weaving on it a lot more. Weaving on the loom goes quickly compared to a hand-held rigid heddle loom, since it has treadles.

The tape you see in the first two pictures is woven with 8/2 cotton. I've also woven a wider strap using cotton carpet warp (blue and yellow design), and wove some narrow tape using the leftover thrums from my dishtowel warp to weave matching loops for the towels.

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Blogger goosefairy said...

I just LOVE these. They're really marvelous. There's something so satisfying about them.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Corbie said...

Thanks! Yes, they're fun -- plus they don't take that long to set up, so there's sort of an instant-gratification factor.

10:46 AM  

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