I was harping on about the copper loom, and the Archie loom a couple of posts ago. Well, I have just stumbled across another site, where you can buy a loom based on the same principles:Loom in a Tube. This one is not copper, but is still aesthetically pleasing. The text does not specify what it is constructed from; not being an expert, the best I could guess is that it looks ‘brassy’!
The additional novelty of this particular loom is that – as the site name suggests! – it comes in a tube, and (apparently) you can roll a partially complete weaving up into the tube, for easy transportation. The only other loom I have seen that works on this premise is the Journey Loom from Weaving a Life. The Journey Loom is wooden and comes with a whole spiritual ethic, so has its own charm, but the Loom in a Tube has a tensioning device, and the tube is far sturdier and thus more protective than the Journey Loom fabric case, so at $95 seems far better value to me than the Journey Loom ($88). Each to their own, though! I do like the philosophy behind the Weaving a Life site, even still.
But back to the loom in a tube: it feels as though it was designed for me! At 12″ x 20″, it is exactly the same dimensons I had planned out when I was contemplating buying all the copper piping and constructing my own pipe loom. I usually weave smaller pieces, it’s true; but it’s nice to have the option to work to a slightly larger scale…
I also like the books and kits provided on the same site. The projects are all available as either book OR kit, to suit individual requirements and a lot of them incorporate beads as well as threads/yarns – something I have yet to try out, but is suddenly calling to me…! One of the kits also introduces ‘eccentric weft’, a term I do remember once coming across in one of my vintage weaving books, but is in essence what you will find me referring to in my own work as ‘freeform’. I really like to see that somebody out there is encouraging creative exploration in tapestry weaving; because if you’re not into stripes, the majority of other tapestry kits available are simply not going to appeal to you…!
Well, I’ll let you know if and when I try any of these fun things out. In the meantime, please post a comment if you have tried any of these looms out and/or have any advice!