Technique: Weaving Rugs

We regularly receive questions regarding weaving rugs on Baby and Mighty Wolf looms. It can be done, but if rug weaving is the majority of your weaving, you may be happier in the long run with a heavier loom. The Standard Floor Loom and the Cranbrook Loom are both good choices for rug weaving.

The Wolf looms were designed to be portable, so they are lighter weight. Rug weaving generally requires a very tightly tensioned warp and heavier beating than other types of weaving. With a Wolf loom, you may find that the loom tends to move when beating a rug. You can work around this by placing weight on the cross brace between the rear legs.

The November/December 1994 issue of Handwoven magazine article “Weaving Rugs on a Lightweight Loom” by Gail Madden has helpful information.

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.