The optional Cricket Floor Stand makes it easier than ever to use your Cricket Loom. For those new to weaving and who do not want to purchase a floor loom before they know if they enjoy weaving, I highly recommend starting with a rigid heddle loom. Dan is willing to give anyone who buys a Cricket a 1 hour set up session to get started on their loom. Even if one opts to move into multi-shaft weaving at a later point, the RH loom still has many uses for those who want to recreate historic items.
Gipson, Liz, Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom, Interweave Press, 2008 – good simple projects (including some laces) + excellent basic weaving info and materials/sett selection, but beware – the warping shown uses a warping board and much more complicated process (like the multi-shaft looms use). Meanwhile, my husband made me a beautiful tapestry loom that I have been experimenting with…art yarn has my heart though!
I certainly don’t want to be limited — and I don’t want to fool myself by saying that I’ll commit myself only to weaving from my stash! While I do not at the moment have drafts or project sheets drawn up for specific projects, I can absolutely post information on things you can create (even as a new weaver) on the RH loom for the SCA! The Cricket takes up very little room – I was able to make a place for it on a (deep) shelf. Rigid Heddle weaving in period was used to make narrow bands (and were often used in conjunction with band looms). It wasn’t in great shape when I bought it, and weaving on it wasn’t quiet or soothing.
Your weaving looks good, edges can be difficult, (just look at my last weaving!). I highly recommend that one follow the instructions for direct warping the loom. I actually would highly recommend that a new weaver first purchase a RH loom, to explore the art of weaving, before investing in a much larger (and much more costly) floor loom. It can take a bit of patience and focus at first to get the hang of weaving with this loom.
I used the video instructions on how to assemble the loom from a YouTube video made by a Webs instructor, as I found the printed directions terse.” I would watch a step, go to the table and do that step, watch the next step, etc. You are probably best off experimenting with whatever yarn stash you already have and then playing – trying projects from books or the internet can work, but don’t necessarily turn out the way they are pictured because each weaver aproaches things differently. There will be a short distance where the weaving pattern is interrupted, but it is hardly noticeable!
In light of all the other projects I was finishing, I went back to the Slam-and-Swear table loom, and finally finished the project that I started first. That being said….I took a weaving class from a friend about 6 years ago and now have 3 floor looms, a 40 inch, a 24 inch workshop loom (I’m working on towels) and a new to me 57 inch that I picked up in Ohio last year. Wool stretches over time, and sometimes you will need to tighten the tension on the loom (just turn the front beam one notch tighter if you think this is the case). One of the supposed positive features of weaving (for knitters) is stashbusting” — but I know myself.
Optional stand or heavy canvas bag for all 3 looms (click on photo to see knitters loom on stand). This loom is also really good for sampling weaves and doing hand manipulated weaves. Please choose the right size for your 10 inch or the 15 inch Cricket loom so they fit into this bag. This affordable and portable rigid heddle loom is quick and easy to assemble and warp.
Once you’ve figured out the rigid heddle – and honestly, there are so many books, videos and online classes dedicated to this simple little loom, you could keep yourself busy with a rigid heddle for a long time without getting bored – you’re ready to tackle weaving on a floor loom. Working from Betty Linn Davenport’s Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving , I paid more careful attention to the tension of the warp, tried hemstitching for the first time, and finished the scarf with twisted fringe. The loom is made from Silver Beech hard wood and comes assembled and lacquered, with 2 clamps, warping peg, 2 warping sticks and ties, heddle hooks.
It wasn’t until she walked into the weaving studio at Löngumýri home ec school as an exchange student in Iceland that she knew that weaving was something she must do. Since then weaving has been both her livelihood and hobby. Each heddle is linked to a harness which is controlled by treadles (operated by foot on a floor loom, or by hand on a table loom).
The majority of the extant pieces had a much higher thread count than I manged with my loom (which has a fixed sett), but one was as low as 29-33 threads per inch, which is not terribly off my 28 that I managed in the warp. When our shop Cricket Loom arrived earlier this year, I was sent home with it and with the enviable task of learning to use it. I’d never woven before, but the instructions made it easy to assemble, warp, and weave on the Cricket. I would totally have gone for a cricket if I had known they were going to offer variable dent reeds like the Majacraft dynamic heddle reeds.
This class will introduce you to two different looms, and guide you through preparation, the weaving process and a range of finishing techniques. I think weaving and spinning keep the practitioner rooted in the present — they are both incredibly mindful pursuits. I really like the fact that the Cricket is so small and that I can hold it on my lap while I weave. Aha….be careful Susan…..I now have six looms in all sizes and shapes-including a Gilmore loom Krafty Max!
In a podcast-related email to the amazing folks over at Schacht, I mentioned that I had seen a Cricket in person, and that I really needed to get my hands on one to play. My first attempts were uneven and humbling, but before long, I was producing smooth woven fabric that I was proud of. In just a couple of evenings, I’d gone through the yarn that comes with the Cricket and turned to my stash. It’s just so easy to set up the Cricket Loom, warp it and get started weaving right away! I have made a couple of posts recently about rigid heddle looms in general and also how to use them for SCA projects. I want a loom now so I can eat through my stash and also make useful, pretty things.
But if we’re being really honest here, if I had space and money, I’d have a nice mid-sized loom and know a million names for things about weaving. But I couldn’t stop noticing weaving being mentioned everywhere — and seeing beautiful projects on blogs and Ravelry. You can add a third heddle and move on to weaving many things that would normally require a 4 shaft loom.
Come by the shop to learn more about the Schacht Cricket loom, and explore the rest of our new little weaving section. This great class introduces you to rigid heddle weaving, the basics of making a warp and warping the loom (including using a warping board, which will come in handy later on when you’re weaving on the floor loom), and the basics of weaving itself. Although the how-to booklet mentions starting to warp the loom two inches from the heddle’s edge, you can warp the loom all the way to the edges of the heddle. This page is very, very helpful for someone new like me who knows very little of weaving techniques.
At its most basic, a rigid heddle loom allows you to weave plain weave”, which means a warp of vertical threads is crossed by a weft of horizontal threads in an over/under pattern, under tension provided by the loom. If you’re looking to get into 8-shaft weaving, or if you’re just looking for some new projects to weave, Weaving Today’s new tutorial has three fabulous 8-shaft projects that will whet your weaving appetite. We’ve been hearing that people can’t resist the Cricket due to its cuteness-as well as being easy as pie to use and take along, as well as super affordable.
Step 4: Finally decide which size loom to purchase — it helps to acknowledge that this will just be your FIRST loom. Product Review: I find that the loom is extremely well made and went together perfectly. Once I had gotten a project or two under my belt on the Cricket, I could see the warping issues on my table loom and I could read my weaving (a little).
The box you see above includes not only the Cricket Loom, but also a warping peg, threading hook, 2 stick shuttles, table clamps, two balls of yarn, and clear instructions; in short: everything you need to start weaving. My loom arrived quickly and safely from The Woolery and even the packing materials made great material for separating the wound warp. This might have been partially inspired by Andrew promising to fix it’s quirks once my weaving was off of it. At the end of class you will have all the knowledge needed to make simple projects such a scarf.
Or, really, any loom except for those amazing massive floor looms you see in museums or weaving studios, so my knowledge of how they work was nonexistent. Because I think these are a great gateway to the weaving world, I plan to continue to add to those posts in hopes of helping new weavers make use of these tools. Even if you’ve never touched a loom before, Angela Tong can teach you to make wonderful projects with rigid heddle weaving.
When I write these, I do try to keep it smoothly enough to read through…But, if you’re deciding between this and another rigid heddle loom though (especially if you don’t know that you’ll take to weaving right off), I think the biggest issues are probably cost, capabilities/features, ease of use and possibly size. After a few projects on the Cricket, if she wants I will get her the Cricket floor stand. This handwoven scarf is a beautiful waffle weave pattern easy and quick to create on a rigid heddle loom.
The weave is tabby, as that is the weave from all of the original items (and it is the most ideal weave to use on a rigid heddle loom). I have a 10 inch Schacht Cricket Loom that I assembled, warped and wove off some sample mug rugs in about two hours. Our Cricket Loom Studio Special includes loom, book, DVD , free patterns and yarn to weave them to get you started NOW even if you are new to weaving! You can make towels of various sizes, depending on the size of your loom and if you want to sew pieces together. RH weaving has increased so much in popularity that Handwoven includes at least one RH project in every issue.