My Inkle Loom: Woodworker Episode


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Another quickie episode, this time on how my loom was made–measurements, pros and cons, how I would build it differently or make changes. Disclaimer: I am not a woodworker and haven’t taken any drafting classes since middle school, so your mileage may vary.

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* Maysville Carpet Warp, which can be found at several different weaving supply places (I often use WEBS at It comes in more than 70 colors on an 800 yard spool for about $9, so it can be used in a number of projects and the price is very reasonable.
* 20/2 silk from Eowyn de Weaver on Etsy. Each cone is $30 and comes in 18 different colors. There are also small 100 yard spools that run $5 each and comes in more than 2 dozen colors.
* Pearl cotton, size 8, which can be found is most craft stores in a bunch of colors.

* 2 1/2″ wide (63 mm) made on a 3D printer, a pattern designed by my husband. Free downloadable patterns of other tablets are available on Thingiverse (not my pattern–we are still working the kinks out of the design–

* 3 1/4″ from Robin & Russ Handweavers (which are, unfortunately, out of business) or from Schacht Spindle Company, which run $8 for 25 cards. I love these because they are colored on the edges and they are thin but very durable. Similar cards by Lacis are available on Amazon.

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

Opening credits created by HL Aenor de Pessac / Rebekkah Shafer-Ross, 2020.

Opening Music by Jon Sayles; additional music: Aakash Gandhi – Shattered Paths O

30 ReactiesReageer!

  • Thank you for making this. I’m slowly working on building mine and this will definitely help me a lot. Mine will be slightly different due to being in risk group during pandemic which makes shopping supplies complicated. Also since I’m from Sweden it’s harder to get some materials. Almost all the wood for sale here is soft wood.

  • The paddle tensioner very often will bend the bolt, too. I made mine from cherry, with oak pegs. Somehow it ended up being a left-handed one, but it's never bothered me–in fact I didn't even realise it until someone pointed it out LOL

  • My first Inkle loom is left-handed, but I think I may convert it to right-handed. It has both the paddle and the dowel tensioning and the uprights are straight 90 degrees upright. My first project was heddled, and I look forward to doing the tablet weaving as you teach me how. You are a WONDERFUL teacher. Thank you for putting this up on the internet.

  • Excellent overview of the loom!

    Question – the angled uprights are ‘offset’ to the left (when looking at the loom from the weaver’s end…) half the width of the backbone. Is this by design – as in, does this offset give you, the weaver, an efficient advantage vs. having the upright’s right face flush with the backbone?

    I am considering making one, and the rabbet/rebate of the angled uprights struck me as inefficient (from a woodworkers perspective), and was wondering if there might be a weaver’s reason to have the offset. Your response is greatly appreciated!

  • Your videos are giving me such joy, thank you so much. I am just beginning tablet weaving and have a tiny inkle loom so I hope to interest husband in building a bigger one for me. Your plans will be so useful.

  • I built my own inkle loom quite a while ago, and I didn't have any tools that would let me cut a slot for a tension bar, so I have a paddle tensioner that has three holes it can fit into. It doesn't work very well and I ended up tensioning by holding a loop in the warp with a pen and fastening it back to a post with rubber bands. XD

  • I took woodworking in junior high and high school, a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away for me also. I haven't done anything with wood since. I'm beginning to question that. I love well done wood work.

    I've been curious about weaving for many years, and have finally started giving it a try. There are many looms I'd love to have, but they all have price tags I wouldn't love to have. I finally gave in to temptation and invested in an Ashford inkle loom, and a Kromski rigid heddle loom. I haven't assembled the inkle loom yet. I got the rigid heddle loom assembled and warped this past weekend, and have done a little weaving on it so far. Looking at the materials and construction involved got me to thinking that even as rusty as my woodworking skills are I probably could have made them for a lot less. I've already been eyeing table and floor looms. The price tags on those are a definite deterrent, and I doubt I could successfully build one from scratch. I'll have to just dream about those for a while. But, that's okay. I have so much to learn on my inkle and rigid heddle looms that they'll keep me busy for a long while.

  • I shared your video with my son-in-law and asked him if he could make one for me, as I'd like to be able to make longer bands than my little travel inkle does. I could probably do this myself, as this video makes the construction of the loom sound as easy as you've made the weaving process, but the SIL has such awesome woodworking skills… He watched the vid, and is now very intrigued ! Thank you!

  • I have given my husband the plans. We have the oak on hand but will need to purchase the dowels this week. He has the plans drawn up in Fusion 360 so the holes for the dowels and the slot for the tension bar can be cut on his CNC machine. We are so thankful for the plans you provided! My husband has been able to use them and make the adjustments you suggested in the video. I will keep you updated.

  • So, I went from having never heard of this craft on Friday (two Fridays ago) to spending all that day attempting to weave with cards made of microwave food boxes fished back out of my recycling and the warp threads tied to a chair and scrap yarn from crocheting… to spending all of the next day with my friend who is much more experienced with woodworking… and CAD stuff… making a loom! And now I've finished my first woven band (that pattern in your For Absolute Beginners video!) and am a good third through my second! Thank you so much for your videos, and for THIS specific video, and the helpful blog post that goes with it!!! I need lots more crochet thread, now 😀 (and I keep making more cards…)

  • I have you to thank for my latest obsession! I was looking through YouTube for some info on repairs for a little table loom I've had for years. Up pops your beginners video and I couldn't stop watching. Long story made much shorter – I warped up the beam on my table loom, used electric fence insulators for weights and made many a band. Made many a mistake. I finally bought a little Inkle loom that will allow you to make 2 1/2 yards of weaving and it does a great job, just too small. I have found that my weaving tension is much more consistent on the Inkle as opposed to weighted warp. It also frees up one end of my living room where I had yarn stretched out across furniture! Love your videos and find I have to watch them more than once to get all the info in my poor head! Thanks for your work! Have a peace filled Holiday with much love and egg nog.

  • Hubby made me one off this pattern for my birthday around Thanksgiving. It wasn't until I started trying to do the first weave along with you that I realized it was left handed instead of right. It's a good thing that I was left handed for the first few years of my life until I broke my left arm and my teacher told me I had another arm I could use to write with. I'm not ambidextrous but I am duel handed I think its called. I do some things with my right and some things with my left. I did ask about flipping the pegs to the right side. He just laughed and said "Darlin' I can do that for ya but I would risk destroying the loom. I would have to cut off the pegs and drill out the holes, cause the wood will break before that glue does."

    That is what I get for being married to a guy who builds cabinets for airplanes for a living. Might want to put a note on this to pay close attention to which side your putting your pegs on and to set it with the working end facing you when deciding where to stick them.

  • i saw on one of your older blog posts you made "surf board" looms for a class you were teaching. that looks more my woodworking ability. do you have instructions for that style?.
    also thank you so much for these videos!! i love the historical context and weaving instruction. working on olso right now.

  • This is amazing, thank you! I've seen card weaving at the historical museum I work at and even bought myself some cards but never got round to using them. Your videos are inspiring me to try it out! The loom looks very good and I might try and find someone to make it for me so that I can avoid any makeshift setups.

  • I looked online to purchase one of these looms…rather expensive at around 120 USD.
    I just priced out the lumber to make one myself. Around 30 USD (I'll have to buy everything as I don't have wood working stuff laying around) at my local Home Depot and they make all of your cuts for you! So when you get home, all you need to do is put it together!😃❤
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  • I love to watch your videos and how could you do install how to do that but I would like to try one of your patterns for the download for free or do you have to buy them because I guess to me it would be a good way to have one and follow you on whatever video it is that you want to learn how to do it because my husband made me an eagle loom

  • Thank You for sharing this video. I have spent two days looking at looms and none are exactly like yours. Your discussion on what you would change is exceptionally helpful. Now I have to try and find a woodworker with the equipment to make one!

  • Elewys I just discovered you and Im so greatful! Im a costumer jewelry designer and was invited to a Ren Faire. I have to make myself a costume and researching Viking wear and wanted to also make my trim leading me down rabbit hole of weaving and inkle weaving. Bought a loom from the Woolery and waiting on it now….so excited to try a new craft. You are a wonderful teacher and make everything so clear and understandable. Thank you for sharing your love.


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