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Build Your Own Rigid Heddle Loom

If you have tried to build your own rigid heddle loom from our material, please contact us with a picture we can feature on this post!

My wife is great at weaving! She 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:

loom diagram

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.

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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:

 

Materials

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

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Build Your Own Rigid Heddle Loom”

  1. Great Job! I’m very impressed. Obviously your skill and talent make it look easy. I appreciate your addition of a diagram. If I were to change one thing to would be to film with the phone in a horizontal position. But it is not worth re-filming. You should be proud of this family heirloom. (Pun intended)

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    1. Haha, intended or not, pun appreciated! I don’t consider myself horribly skilled; I was hoping to show how easy it can be to do! If only I could go back and film in landscape. I know that makes the clip a bit harder to watch. Thanks for your feedback, it is greatly appreciated!

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    1. Hey, thanks very much for the idea! I’m always looking for more things to build! I will check out the link you provided and give it a shot. Stay tuned for that in the next couple of weeks…

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      1. awesome – there are a number of examples of extant looms on pinterest – i personally like the variation of the (not sure right term here) roller to hold the thread/yarn like in the sample i sent you.. look forward to seeing what you come up with – rj

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