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 little blanket made on my 8 shaft table loom has a great feel, though it is much smaller than originally planned. I used ‘mallo’ cotton from Gist Yarn & Fiber, and it has a wonderful hand at 16 epi. I hope to make a larger one when they have more of this yarn available.
Here is the finished scarf! The new loom is a joy to weave on. 8 shaft point twill, 10 epi, 7.5” x 69”
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
the last two scarves in my cousin series (for girl cousins on Mark’s mom’s side of the family
A scarf ring is the perfect accessory for a hand woven scarf! This one from Bayou Bend Studio. This is one of the prettiest I have seen. I like wearing it so that the intricate center shows!
These lovely buttons are from Bayou Bend Studio. They complement these shawls nicely!