My wife wanted a rigid heddle loom, and I asked if she would be interested in trying to build one before buying one. I spent an evening before sleep in bed that night reading about them, looking at pictures, and learning about the components of them. They really are quite simple machines.
See the diagram below on the loom I built:
Using some things that were already lying around our garage, I was able to put this loom together and make a quick little video about how it was done.
It was really quite easy and didn’t take much time! I found myself barely pulling out a tape measure for this project. She’s weaving her first project on it now, and it looks fabulous!
-The two main sides are 33″ total with 5″ diameter circles on either end
-The width support piece is 2″ x 1″ x 30″
-two 1″ diameter dowels 3′ long
Dowel stopper sticks 1″ x 3/8″ x 4″
Clicker wheels 4″ diameter with 16 notches
Beater bar width pieces are 1″ x 1/2″ x 28 1/2″
Beater bar height pieces 1 1/8″ x 1/2″ x 7 3/8″
Eyelet wire length 7″ with eyelets centered
Beater bar rest 1″ x 3-1/2″ x 9″ with angled cutout
Footies 1″ x 4″ x 2″ high
Tie sticks 1″ x 3/8″ x 28″
If you need to use new materials on your project, here is a store list:
One 2x6x10 $7.54
Two 3′ dowels at 1″ $2.44
Bailing wire roll $8.92
Ten 3″ screws $0.50
Four large zip ties $2.27
Carpenter’s/wood glue $3.63
Total new supplies cost $25.30