Jean Hervert Niemann
Small Tapestry Looms by Intertwined
Intertwined now sells two small looms designed primarily for tapestry weaving. These looms are easy to use with very few moving parts, yet effective in what they can do. In addition to tapestry, they can be used well for sampling and small projects. Although one loom is larger than the other, both are of a size and weight that allows them to be easily used by the traveling weaver as well as the weaver who wants a take-along-project for their lunch hour or for waiting for an appointment.
Have you ever used a frame loom for a special project or for sampling purposes just to be frustrated when you cannot adjust the tension? These looms were conceived to allow for easy tension control. In anticipation of a long train trip to Convergence, I designed a lightweight loom to be small enough to fit in a book bag, yet be configured and constructed well enough to produce a quality woven product. These looms are highly portable. They are compact, very sturdy, lightweight, and a convenient size for small projects.
The smaller loom weighs less than a pound (warped, including the brass comb/beater). It is nine inches tall, ten inches wide, and is an inch thick. The larger loom is 12 inches square and an inch thick and only slightly heavier. Both are well made of quality materials to stand the test of time. The metal fasteners are corrosion resistant stainless steel and the top and bottom beams are northern hardwoods. When warped as described in the instructions, the small loom can produce a finished product approximately 8 inches wide and 13 inches long and the larger loom can produce a finished product approximately 10 inches wide by 17 inches long.
The adjustable tension sets this loom apart from other small, lightweight looms. These looms are designed with a tension that can easily be increased or decreased and can hold the tension required to produce a quality tapestry. Also, they serve well as a sampling loom. The top and bottom of the loom are scored every ½ inch so that it can be warped at a desired sett. You are not tied into a particular sett as with a peg loom or a loom with a toothed edge or ridged heddle loom. A wide range of small projects can be woven on the loom and it is easy enough to weave on that children can use it.
Intertwined looms are appealing to both the beginner and the experienced weaver because of the combination of simplicity, craftsmanship, and effectiveness in design.
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