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Date:September 23rd, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
bwahahahahahahahahahahaha! I guess I shouldn't send you to Nina, then - I got 3 used reeds for my Swedish monster @$25/apiece...new they'd have been $75+ each. *g*

So, table or floor loom? What's your basic can't go over price range? *eg*

You'd be surprised what you can find if you're looking...my Structo table loom, 22", 4 shaft, was $200. I've seen 'em on Ebay go for less...and more.

My 1st floor loom was a Harrisville 22", 4S, 4Treadle, we paid $300, but got a boatload of stuff with it - basically a complete studio. Steve built the warping board (I've seem them for $30 on Ebay) and the bench (I was quite comfortable using a chair)..the rest was included.

You'll need at least 1 shuttle (either boat (also needs bobbins - usually $1/each new) or stick..you can make stick shuttles out of wooden rulers/yardsticks) and either a warping board or warping pegs. Oh, and Yarn...*g*

Me? If I were starting out, I'd go with a floor loom, because you'll want to move "up" to one eventually anyway. They're a lot more efficient. Table looms are good - and take up less space - and I like mine, but I *love* my floor loom. Table looms are more portable - my Glimakra is *there*...and is a bitch to move around. My LeClerc was a little easier to move...but 45" is still pretty big to try and maneuver.

I'll start looking for accessories for you....even if it takes you a while, I can still use 'em in the meantime. *eg* I've got the "Learn to Weave" bible you can borrow....and tons of other books.

What, me enable???
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