|Clamp fixed to table with loom|
|Weaving Loom with tensioning device.|
I was asked recently about the frames I use. I work on small scale pieces so none of my frames are large.
The nail frame above was the frame I used for my last piece. It was made locally and is not one I normally use, its actually my Mum's.
It fixes to the table with the clamps illustrated. The clamps which came from Handweavers are great and I used them a lot until I found it too hard to get a tight tension on the warp on the stretcher frames that I used to use.
Nowadays I normally use the loom on the right, these are very simple and easy to warp up as they have notches in the top and bottom. You can also tension them by using the butterfly nuts. I have these in two sizes, complete loom sizes are 42x53cms and 27x40cms; I get mine from Great Art, they are called school looms. I use these for most of my work, unfortunately the clamps don't work on these as the flat plane of the wood is sideways on. At some time I am hoping to adapt the clamp but at the moment I rest the bottom edge on my lap and the rest of the frame against the edge of the table. I don't tend to use a heddle except on the knitting loom, I like to keep things as simple as possible. My knitting loom is the Ashford Knitting Loom which I use for longer pieces, I also own an Ashford Upright Loom but use it very rarely.