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An Inkle Loom


A lot of inkle looms weave only a couple yards at a time, so I designed this one to get enough trim for a large garment in a single weaving. I also included a spare peg for sizing and storing heddle strings. The first two I made were of aspen, and they've held up well. Tairdelbach made a loom out of oak for Rhonwen- heavier and way more cool.

There's no period justification for the design. The goal was to get a lot of hand-woven trim for garb, and in that respect the project has been an astounding success!



The pattern shown below used 1x3 lumber- which was actually 0.75x2.5. You can easily adjust the pattern for whatever lumber is convenient; it's much more important to get matching parts to be the same than it is to hit the exact dimensions. I glued the whole thing together. When Tairdelbach found some of the oak dowel was just a hair smaller than the rest, we split the pegs, cut wedges off scrap, and wedged & glued those pegs. We drove a couple screws into the base for strength, and rounded all the edges. It's important to sand every surface as smooth as possible to avoid catching threads when the loom is in use.

Here's two views of the frame of the loom. For clarity I've drawn the different layers of wood in different colors.

Frame Layer 1

3 @10" lengths

2 @25" lengths

Frame Layer 2

2 @15" lengths

2 @17.5" lengths

1 @36" length


2 @12" long, shown 5.25" wide




8 @ 7/8" diameter x 7.5" long dowels

1 @ 1.25" diameter x 6" long dowel

1 @ knob, width of frame lumber with trimmed corners

1 @ threaded wood insert- a small brass part with wood threads on the outside and machine threads on the inside

1 @ machine thread/wood thread stud to go with the threaded insert Put the insert in the knob and the stud in the sliding peg

- Dirk

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