After shopping, browsing, reading, and watching videos about tabletop looms, I finally decided on getting an Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom, and I found a great deal on Etsy. The sellers I found on Etsy are from Mielke’s Fiber Arts:
I think they do just about everything fiber related!! Weaving, yarn, roving, wool, felting, naalbinding, braiding, dyeing, spinning, knitting, lacemaking, hackles, heddles, rugmaking, and more!
Next,I laid all the pieces and parts out, and went through the checklist, making sure my dear husband would have all he needed. I gathered a couple of tools from the tool drawer: a hammer, and Phillips head screwdriver.
Everything on the checklist was there, and as you might have noticed, one of my dogs was keeping me company.
SO! I bought the Ashford Heddle Loom from Mielke’s Fiber Arts store in Wisconsin: https://www.mielkesfiberarts.com/
Now for your visual tutorial. Here’s how hubby so graciously put it together, taking time off from his day off. (You can use these photos to help you get your loom together, along with their instructions, if you’d like)
Here’s where you may download instructions:assembly instructions for rigid heddle loom – ashford handicrafts
Step 5, place the cogs onto the ends of the rollers, and secure with washers and screws provided:
Step six, slap the handles HARD, onto the holes in the cogs. I mean it, you really have to hit that hard, to get it
Next, connect the warp sticks to the roller with the warp stick ties. I did one of these, and it was difficult, until I covered my fingers with cloth, to be able to push the arrow head through the small holes in the ties and the roller.
Now, read the booklet that they also include in the shipping box, which is titled:
Then, go here and watch Ashford’s excellent tutorials. If you need to get the video to slow down, remember to click the “settings” button on the video’s lower right-hand screen, and click 0.5, or 0.75. It helps to see what she’s doing in slow motion, if you’re a COMPLETE BEGINNER like I am!!
www.ashford.co.nz Go to their website and watch other tutorials if you need to, just look under tutorials.
Here is a great video by Ashford about how to weave. I’ve watched it 2x already.
Happy Weaving! I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it either inspired you to try weaving, or it helped you assemble YOUR rigid heddle loom. Please let me know!
Don’t forget to say hi to Amy at Mielke’s Fiber Arts!