Build Your Own Rigid Heddle Loom

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DIY heddle loom diagram

Using some things that were already lying around our garage, I was able to put this loom together and make a full set of instructions on how to build it yourself!


If you want to build your own rigid heddle loom, you’ve found the right place! Click the link below to download the complete set of plans, fully stocked with pictures, instructions, and tips for the novice woodworker. This project should take about a full Saturday’s worth of leisurely working on it to complete, and the total supplies cost will be around $25 if you don’t have some scrap wood to use!

CLICK HERE for full instruction manual!

If you need to use new materials on your project, here is a store list so you can get an idea of how little supplies you’ll need:


One 2x6x10 $7.54

Two 3′ dowels at 1″ $2.44

Bailing wire roll $8.92

Ten 2 1/2-to-3″ screws $0.50

Four large zip ties $2.27

Carpenter’s/wood glue $3.63

Total new supplies cost $25.30

If you have any questions about the plans or woodworking skills and/or tools required, please contact us!

21 thoughts on “Build Your Own Rigid Heddle Loom

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  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)


    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!


    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…


      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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        1. g’day, Thanks for the great loom instructions…. I am participating in historical re-enactment also, so I would love to see how you interpret making a medieval loom. Again,thanks and don’t let the silent idea thieves ruin your joy in sharing… shows how good you are when people take what you do for granted… if they thanked you, they would have to admit to themselves that they learnt something… bit hard for high ego types…


    1. That’s a good question! I don’t know where you’d buy them, but the demo video I did actually makes them from wood. I’ve had a few comments that folks didn’t think they’d hold up to the pressure, being wood and all, but we haven’t had any problems at all with ours, and they can tighten down as tight as we want them. If making them from wood, use a hand saw (instead of jigsaw, etc) and you’ll get more accurate cuts. I love questions, please ask if you have any more!


    1. Yes, I sure have! I’ve got ideas floating around about it now, but lack the time currently to get it going. I should also have a pedal powered loom coming up sometime, all diy too!


  2. I did not find a specification for the gauge of the baling wire to be used. Is there a maximum and minimum gauge that you recommend?


    1. Yes, great question and thanks for asking!

      I would recommend the thickest gauge being 16ga and the thinnest being 18ga.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!


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