Swatch Maker Loom 8.0
Swatching provides a way to test your ideas before scaling them up. The Swatch Maker Loom line was created as a doodling device specifically for the rigid-heddle weaving in the setts we commonly use.
I find these little looms handy for yarn substitutions, testing sett selection and structure combinations, and playing around with color. Even if you have just a tiny bit of yarn to spare, you can make an effective swatch to use before you dive into a larger project.
Swatching on a small loom saves you yarn and perhaps a bit of time, although it is a misnomer that swatching is fast. It can be compared to weaving a large product, but all weaving takes time. Swatching is what I think of as pure play with no pressure.
After years of making my own tools—sanding popsicle sticks, building looms in multiple setts from various materials, and cutting out cardboard shuttles or purchasing frame looms in setts I don’t commonly use and adapting them as best I could—I was ready for a tool made just for my world and that would last better under the rigors of use. I offer these looms to you as a tool to play around with your own ideas.
Measures approximately 7 1/4" x 5 1/2", with a work space of approximately 5 1/4" x 6 1/4".
Loom made of 1/8" thick maple wood.
Flat hardwood back allows you to work anywhere—on a table or in your lap. It allows the weaver to create fringe by wrapping the yarn around the loom without having it get in the way of the weaving process.
The sett platform is raised off the backing, giving you room to maneuver your tools.
Loom's prongs are spaced at 8 ends per inch (e.p.i.).
- Swatch Maker Loom
- Color photo instructions + tips for selecting sett
- Wood weaving needle
- Metal tapestry needle
Optional accessories include a shuttle, pick-up stick, comb, and cloth project bag.
For more information about swatching, including Swatch Maker Loom line feature comparisons and information on when to swatch, visit www.yarnworker.com/swatch.
Swatch Maker Looms were created as a collaboration between Liz Gipson of Yarnworker and Angela Smith, formerly of Purl & Loop. All components (wood, needles, cotton project bag, instructions, etc.) are sourced from U.S. businesses and produced and assembled in the U.S. The looms and tools are packaged in recycled or recyclable materials. Due to manufacturing constraints, supplies may be limited.
I ship via USPS. As a solopreneur, I do my best to timely get the products out the door in less than 72 hours, often shipping same day. Please understand that there are a lot of shipping disruptions and constraints and there may be some delays that are out of my control. Shipping outside of the U.S. may be problematic, and shipping costs are out of my control. Feel free to reach out with questions.