Cricket Loom: Hey! No Loom Waste!


Cricket Loom “warp extender”

I’ve been sampling for a garment for the TNNA fashion show which is coming up in June. I didn’t have a lot of yarn for sampling and I had a lot of ideas I wanted to explore. So, to maximize my warp, I tied onto the back with tie-up cords from our Schacht floor looms. I like these because they don’t stretch and are pre-measured. After threading my reed I tied my warp groups in about 3/4″ bundles. I looped the tie-up cords around the apron bar with the plastic connector at the bar. Finally, I attached the warp bundles to the tie-up cords with lark’s head knots. Simple. Fast.

Why didn’t I direct warp for this project–which is a super way to get the maximum length out of a warp? I chose to use a warping board for this sample because I wanted to alternate ends in the heddle and also thread some ends randomly. Measuring my warp first on the warping board gave me a little more freedom when I threaded. In this case, I thought it would also be the faster way.

To keep track of my experiments, I wrote everything down as I wove. As I always maintain, you think you’ll remember, but you won’t. Again, stopping momentarily as you’re weaving is a time saver in the end.

Stay tuned for more installments on my TNNA fashion show garment.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s 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.