Some folks asked for more detail on how I added a shuttle race to my table loom. I hope the video below helps. Please note that I used the tarp clips because I like that they hold the stick steady if I wedge it between them. You could just tie the stick directly to the loom beater. You may have to fiddle with it a bit to get it to hang straight. Your stick should only be about an inch wide and should rest just below the warp threads.
I always seem to need an extra place or two while weaving to set down shuttles, scissors, etc. I ordered this long custom basket from the very talented Julie Ballard at The Suburban Pioneer.
It fits perfectly on the crossbar of the Erica loom and does exactly what I need! As a bonus, the small spinning basket from Julie’s collection hangs on the castle knob—functional and cute! Not to be left out, the blue loom bench basket is a nice addition for the weaving bench that I use with my Ashford table loom.
I added some pictures so you can see how the baskets are attached.
It was a rare snow day here in central Texas. It made for a lovely view through my studio window.
See more photos from our Snowy Day January 2021
Tarp clip versions of the weaving temple works well, but you don’t want the weighted string to pull down the edges of your weaving. The addition of a stick on both sides of the ashford table loom helps the string stay horizontal. I opted to use a light painter’s tape to hold down the stick in the front and tied to do so on the back. Do what works for you; just make sure that how it is placed doesn’t interfere with the operation of your front or back ratchets and doesn’t hamper your ability to throw your shuttle.
Floor looms have a feature called a shuttle race, which is a nifty little ledge upon which the weaving shuttle can travel. Unfortunately most table looms do not have this feature. Without it, the shuttle may not travel well, falling through the threads and landing on the floor as often as it exits the shed safely. I wanted to add a race without making permanent changes to the loom, and many solutions I saw did not work with my Ashford table loom because the warp threads do not rest at the bottom of the reed. I was placing a yard stick in the shed to allow the shuttle to travel across (works, but it is a slow way to weave) when this idea came to me. You might have to play around a bit to get the stick placed just right, but I hope someone else benefits from my sharing. It works great for my Ashford table loom.
Sometimes your loom needs a few extras, either purchased or homemade. I am posting four DIY projects that have worked well for my Ashford table loom: a shuttle race, castle lights, a weaving temple, and warp weights.
This loom was a Craig’s list find. It is about ten years old and is in good shape. I did a lot of cleanup, replaced the bungy cords on the beater, and turned a couple of parts the right way around! Just started my first project and am already convinced this loom is a joy