The Fiber Artist Supply Co. Inkle Loom is a great way to try weaving without a huge investment of time or money! For this loom we wanted something that was simple to assemble, can be disassembled without parts becoming loose, and was rigid enough to take the stress of warp tension.
The loom body is produced from 3/4" thick US made Appleply. Appleply is our go-to plywood for these types of projects and it was a perfect fit here. The rods are 7/8" thick sanded maple dowels, with the tension peg which is 1" thick. We secured the pegs with a carriage bolt and a cap nut on the back. Also included is a 4mm hex wrench that can easily tighten the dowels to the loom body.
The maximum warp length on this loom is about 84", allowing users to make a band about 72" in length.
There are a few design aspects that we added to this loom to help make it as fun and easy to use as possible. The feet that hold the loom up utilize the screw-in bumpers that we use on many other popular items we sell. It's nice to have a tool that stays put as you dress it. Next, the top heddle peg is protruding from the loom body leaving space for users to get their left hand in to push the warp threads up & down. For the tension knob, we went with the best know we can find. It's a big, easy-to-grab T-handle knob that left everything else we tested in the dust.
Also included is a maple inkle weaving shuttle. Yarn not included.
Assembly and use instructions are available here: https://youtu.be/-05KBj5e8XM
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This loom is great! I love how long the pegs are, 5.5 inches is very useful for wider bands! The pegs are really strong and I like that you can take them out- I took out the top peg and it makes a really nice length for tablet weaving! I am extremely happy with this loom!