My Leclerc Tapestry Loom Adventure

I had a great loom experience this week. I was asked by the children’s program director of my church to look at a loom she had rescued and to see if I could set it up for children to weave on during Sunday School. I walked into the room on Tuesday and discovered this treasure, a 45″ Leclerc Gobelin Tapestry loom. After careful examination I can see that it is missing a few parts, but could it still be used for weaving in its present condition?

Pin Loom or Knitting Needles…. that is the question.

All I wanted to make was a simple pair of baby socks for a grandbaby that is due in the next couple of months. I figure it would take just a couple of hours of work.

I began my project by casting on and learning how to do the knit and the purl stitch on the loom, I noticed a couple of issues for me right away.

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Weaving Library

The Weaving Library website is a European version of the Handweaving.net for silk and dobby weaving. If you are into looking at antique and modern silk weaving and learning about textile analysis which included photos of swatches of the weaving drafts, this is the place. A good percentage of the material is presented in French and will required knowledge of european drafting methods, but there are areas in which you can find English translations.

A reference website for tribal textiles

tribaltextiles.info is dedicated to sharing tribal textile information – particularly of a visual nature – with fellow enthusiasts as an on-line resource and to maximize the possibilities offered by the internet of assembling information in a dynamic, three dimensional, flexible and interactive format.

Yarn Calculator

Use this site Yarn Calculator to make your project calculations for for how much warp and weft thread is needed.

Inkle Weaving

One of the most important books on handweaving by Mary Meigs Atwater. In it you will learn the basics of inkle, and tablet weaving.

Cardboard Loom Weaving

Cardboard loom weaving is an inexpensive way to get started weaving. Your material costs are very minimal, and even young children are able to participate. Weaving is an activity that can easily occupy a restless child on a rainy afternoon. The added bonus is that you can make something both beautiful and useful.

Tartan Maker

Tartan Maker is a great tool for quickly playing with color and threads to design your own tartan. Download the .png file and use it in your weaving software as a profile draft.

Stripe Generator

Stripe Generator software that allows you to download .png files of the stripe patterns that you generate. Great for planning stripes and plaids including tartans.