Update to the Ribbon Loom Project

Details of the design of a DIY ribbon loom that fits on a table, handles up to 100 threads and has virtually unlimited weaving length. Total cost to build loom is under $20 all parts are available from dollar store and hardware store. The loom will assist the weaver in making fine thread ribbons at home.

Designing an Inkle style ribbon loom

Building a ribbon loom – DIY project, a cross bread of Inkle loom and large loom technology and materials available from the local hardware store or garage. Goals: create a loom that does not have a maximum 11 yard limit for weaving. Reduce thread waste, increase portability and control of warp tension. Keep cost of parts under $20. No glue required.

The Plum Blossoms

Starting with a Snavely Pattern and ending with my rendition of Chinese Silk Painting on a handwoven coverlet. Like mixing metaphors I am using two of my passions, weaving and printing together. This slideshow chronicles the project from beginning to end. The Plum Blossoms were sent off to Hawaii to my best friend Li.

The Fly Fisherman

Using a historic draft as the basis for a new tapestry technique. In Montana one of our favorite leisure activities is Fly Fishing. Watch as the loom is threaded and The Fly Fisherman appears. Background fabric patterns are the insects and fish that you find in the blue waters of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers.

Butte, Montana

Butte is the largest and most historically significant mining town in North America. Its nickname is the Copper City. This extraordinary city emerged at the height of the industrial revolution and today is a mix of both history and modern re-development.

Double Bow Knot Coverlet

An old pattern in overshot weaving that has had many names over time: Muscadine Hills, Hickory Leaf, Blooming Leaf. The Double Bow Knot name comes from the leaf like square that forms the larger portion of the design. The dark square is called a table. Because there are two motifs used the pattern it may be most properly described as a Double Bow Knot and table design.

This design can be woven with only four shafts in an overshot structure. Overshot blocks can share shafts, which is what makes them so efficient. It is a structure that will require you to have planned your design carefully before you thread your loom. The threading typically is the most limiting design factor.