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Aug 19, 2019 09:20:55   #
marydeckman
 
My husband saw someone doing this and thought I might be interested. It would be a new direction from knitting, sewing, etc. Has anyone done this? I made potholders on a loom as a kid, so how hard could it be? OK, you can stop laughing. It would be nice to hear about the things to do and the things to avoid, especially about the importance of something on the loom. You tube is not a bad source for information, but still like to hear from others. KPers are such a great source!
 
Aug 19, 2019 09:30:53   #
Aunt Eek
 
I have a very small inkle loom that a friend gave to me. . . I have yet to figure out how to use it, primarily because of all of the other doodads and devices I have that I'm currently playing with. . . my friend told me that perle cotton is the best thing to start with, but I haven't progressed beyond buying a metric ton of expensive perle cotton (pretty! so pretty!) and shoving everything in a corner of what once was my dining room, but has become the Central Nerve Center of my various crafty pursuits. . .

That being said, I think that the trickiest thing is getting the heddles the right length. . . mine, at least, is tricky, because the loom is very small, and there's not a lot of room to work with. So, I guess the one piece of advice from an ABSOLUTE RANK NOVICE like myself is to definitely give it a try, but see if you can find a bigger loom to play with. . . mine has heddles that are only about two inches tall, because it's so small, and it's not a lot of room to work the shuttle back and forth. Good luck!
Aug 19, 2019 09:32:08   #
Celt Knitter (a regular here)
 
My husband made me one years ago. It makes great belts, headbands guitar strips, flower pot holders, etc. It's weaving on a small scale. It was a great hippie craft! Here are some examples: https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/a-free-guide-to-inkle-weaving/
Aug 19, 2019 09:32:19   #
jasknits
 
I’ve taken a class on inkle weaving. For me the big drawback is the limited width of the finished item. The instructor suggested making dog collars. However, my CAT doesn’t do collars. It is an interesting technique but of limited use to me, at least right now.

That said,it was soothing to keep moving the shuttle back and forth. I could get addicted and then there would be the opportunity to accumulate yet another stash. Lol
Aug 19, 2019 09:33:57   #
rainie (a regular here)
 
http://www.earthguild.com/products/riff/rinkle.htm
https://www.interweave.com/article/weaving/a-free-guide-to-inkle-weaving/
https://www.ashford.co.nz/images/download_pdfs/learn_to/learn_to_weave_on_the_inkle_loom.pdf
Good luck on your new pursuit. I always wanted to try weaving on a full sized loom, the one that takes up a whole room. Only tried loop potholders and bead weaving.
Aug 19, 2019 09:49:43   #
hazelroselooms (a regular here)
 
The inkle is a band loom. Great for straps and belts. Of course, these can be sewn together to make wider projrcts, too. But once you get the basics down you'll have fun weaving patterns & adding beads. Do give it a try.
 
Aug 19, 2019 10:02:35   #
mirl56
 
I'm working on crocheting a mochila bag. It has instructions for crocheting the strap, also inkle looming one and ply spliting too. I know I could get DH to make a loom, they are easy enough to make. But it'd likely be a one time craft as I'm not sure I have it in me to make more of these bags.
Aug 19, 2019 10:04:03   #
Hilda
 
Have one in the closet. Haven't used it in years. Was popular in the 60's & 70's. Different in that the warp shows the weave instead of the weft.
Aug 19, 2019 10:39:49   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
I had a handmade inkle loom and I had fun with it until the top rod began to sag. It was one that had one side, nice that the other side was open for easy threading and making the heddles. I gave it away 3 years ago when we moved and don’t have one now. Hers my advice. Get one that’s professionally made or if you get one hand made see if you can get it made with 2 sides so the rods are supported while you weave. And that the right side is removable easily. When I took a class with my daughter she used a two sided loom but it was complicated to put on heddles and thread because she couldn’t take off one side. I’m going to get plans and have DH make mine. Do give it a try I really had fun with it until that rod sagged. And mine was made of pine, only buy hardwood.
Look up inkle looms online and you’ll see what I mean about one side being open.
Aug 20, 2019 07:48:56   #
Sandra TM
 
Google "how to use an inkle loom" there are scads of youtube videos that show how to get started. John Malarkey is very well known as a teacher of that artform. That and card aka tablet weaving is growing in interest. But be forewarned, if you enjoy that experience, you will be seduced into trying tablet weaving, and then table top looms and .... ; > )
Aug 20, 2019 08:36:24   #
Artteacher
 
The only trick I have found with an inkle loom is that it is warped base, rather than weft based. When I first tried one there was no internet and it took me forever to try to make the thread on the shuttle show.
 
Aug 20, 2019 08:36:31   #
Artteacher
 
The only trick I have found with an inkle loom is that it is warped base, rather than weft based. When I first tried one there was no internet and it took me forever to try to make the thread on the shuttle show.
Aug 20, 2019 08:54:08   #
spins2knit (a regular here)
 
An inkle loom is great for making belts and straps. They are very easy to sew together for pouches and bags and some clothing items such as vests.

Inkle weaving is a warp faced weave which means that the patterns are determined by how the loom is warped. Check out Annie McHale, aspinnerweaver is her blogspot. She has wonderful resources and a great book. I just finished 3 classes with her and she is a great instructor.
Aug 20, 2019 09:18:49   #
k2p3-knit-on
 
Our LYS has classes for knitting, crochet and loom weaving. You could inquire whether a LYS near you does the same.
Aug 20, 2019 11:45:15   #
sockyarn (a regular here)
 
Go to <youtube> and see what is done and there are books out there to help you learn to use one. It is not difficult as it is all in the pattern. You can get large looms to do wide bands that can be sewn together for a fabric.
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