Weaving - How to choose a frame loom

September 21, 2020

Weaving - How to choose a frame loom


Adjustable design - The new Beginner and Big Mama Looms now feature adjustability with the help of extra bolt holes down the length of the loom. Both the Beginner and Big Mama Looms are also interchangeable with each other.

Designed & made in Australia - by Rainie of The Unusual Pear and laser cut in Sydney, Australia with sustainably sourced FSC certified spotted gum hardwood. Each piece is sanded smooth by my husband and I in our home studio. 

Easy assembly - These looms are shipped unassembled and come with 8 solid brass screw sets. All you need is a flat head screwdriver to tighten the screws together.  

Warp sett - Our looms are incredibly versatile, the wide notches allow you to warp with super chunky yarns as well as finer yarns. High density warping allows you 8 ends per inch and low density warping allows you 4 ends per inch. 


Mini - Small
Secretly my favourite. Smash out a project in an hour and use up all your smaller amounts of yarn. Small enough to sit comfortably in kids hands - plus, no assembly required! 
Frame size: 15 cm x 20 cm (6" x 8")
Total weaving Area: 15 cm x 18 cm (6" x 7") 

Beginner - Medium
This size is perfect for every beginner. It's the loom I choose to use in my Weaving Workshops as it's easy to warp up and finish a weaving in a matter of hours. You can also warp a smaller section for smaller projects.
Frame size: 30 cm x 30 cm (12" x 12")
Adjustable size: 16 cm high x 30 cm wide
Total weaving area: 23.5 cm x 28.5 cm (9.5" x 11")

Big Mama - Large
This size is great if you want to weave larger projects such as large scale wall hangings, pillows, tote bags and so on. You can also warp a smaller section for smaller projects.
Frame size: 60 cm x 60 cm (23.5" x 23.5")
Adjustable size: 40 cm high x 60cm wide
Largest weaving area: 53 cm x 53 cm (21" x 21")

Hello Hydrangea - Extra Large
The most versatile size of my whole range of frame looms. This loom can be used as multiple looms in one. The large size allows for ample room to explore and be creative. But, when you only want to work on a small piece and don't want to waste your string, the bottom notches are adjustable!
Frame size: 90 cm x 60 cm (2 ft x 3 ft)
Adjustable size: 70 cm x 60 cm (you can purchase longer bolts from a local hardware store to make the loom even more adjustable!)
Total weaving Area: 80 cm x 52 cm (31.5" x 20.5")


S I Z E   R E C O M M E N D A T I O N

When choosing a loom, I really think it's important to think about what you want to make first. Are you just testing the waters as a beginner? Going too big too soon may feel intimidating. I often suggest to start on a small scale and work your way up. 

I have multiple size looms. While you can use a huge loom to make a small piece, if you have a small loom, you're much better off using the size that fits the piece. 

I love weaving while I've got my feet up on the couch and watching tv. This means I have a smaller loom which can rest in my lap. You definitely can't grab the XXL loom and pop it on your lap for a quick weave.

Also think about the materials. If you're getting a big loom, you're going to need a lot of yarn to fill it up. 


 K I T   R E C O M M E N D A T I O N

 Each loom is available to purchase on it's own, which includes literally just the weaving loom on it's own; as a Starter Kit which includes the weaving loom plus the essential tools; or the Complete Kit which includes all the appropriate tools plus yarn.

If you are just beginning your weaving journey, I usually recommend a Complete Kit as it has absolutely everything you need to get started when it arrives.

If you already consider yourself a crafter and you've got a bunch of yarn at home from previous knitting or crochet adventures, you could go with a Starter Kit.

If you're purchasing an additional loom for your collection or if you have weaving tools from another maker, you can opt for the loom only!

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