Sakiori (rag weaving) has been used in Japan for centuries. Sakiori uses vintage, torn or soiled fabrics and garments that are cut into strips. These strips are used for the weft (horizontal threads) to create a beautiful, new item. The loom can also be used to create saori-like projects.
This ingenious and simple loom was created by Clover Japan for rag weaving but it can also be used with traditional warp and weft yarns to create table runners, placemats, shawls, cushion covers, wall hangings, scarves, pot holders, bags, coasters, rugs or decorative accents. Sew a few woven sections together to create a jacket or poncho. Vintage or treasured garments can be re-imagined and upcycled into something beautiful and more useful.
This loom comes already assembled so that you can warp it the same day it arrives. **You do need to slide the steel back apron rod into the back beam but this is extremely simple** Warping can easily be done on the loom itself however you do need an open area to roll the warp onto the back beam.
The simple construction of this loom allows you to easily and quickly warp it and there is no need to thread the warp yarn through any small holes or keep count when threading heddles. Simply place the thread between the slots in the reed and pull down until you feel the thread "click" into place. The reed is set up to have a plain weave so simply add the number of warp ends that you would like for your project into the reed and you are done! It is SO easy. Alternate warp thread colors, thicknesses or even add two warp ends to one reed section. The reed is even colored so that you can easily center the warp in the center of the reed.
This is probably the only loom that can easily be warped while watching TV or while being generally distracted. Mistakes can even be fixed by "popping" the thread out of the notch and moving it to another notch. This loom is PERFECT for anyone who is interested in weaving but isn't comfortable or experienced enough to warp a heddle loom. It is also perfect for those that may have problems with their dexterity or eye-site. Photo 7 shows what the direct warping looks like on this loom.
The shed can be changed by tilting the reed forward or back. The reed can also be used as a beater bar.
The loom can be used on a table. I like to sit on a chair and place the loom on my lap, flat. This allows me to get a firm beat. Other people like to sit at a table and place the loom on the table or even place the loom on their lap and prop it on the table. I find that the reed will sometimes slide or fall down (which causes the shed to close) when it is tilted too much though.
This looms comes with the following items (All shown in Photo 2):
Loom -40 cm wide
30/10 - 30 dents per 10 cm (8 dent) reed
Warping sticks - 12 sticks for use when warping the loom
1 long shuttle - wooden
1 small shuttle - wooden
5 clips - for clipping warp onto front beam
2 clips - for use when warping
2 steel bars - for use when warping
2 velcro ties - for use when warping
DVD with instructions - Japanese language only
manual - Japanese language only
■ Size / Body 53 x 55 x Height 8.5cm, Max weaving width 40cm, Warp length Max Approx. 4m
The manual is in Japanese however there are wonderful photos on how to warp and use the loom. Some pages from the manual can be seen in the 3rd, 4th and 5th photos. I am also available to provide answers to any questions that you may have.
The 8th photo shows a table runner that I was in the process of weaving on the loom and the last two photos show this runner and a second runner that I created using vintage, sari fabric. The pink/purple hued runner uses only sari strips for the weft while the darker runner uses sari strips (1) followed by 2 ends of black cotton yarn. This method (1 end of scrap and 2 ends of yarn) is the traditional method of sakiori weaving.
Curious about the loom but not sure if it is right for you? Please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have.
You will need the following items to get started weaving. They are not included with the loom:
*weft material or yarn
*paper for winding warp - This can be any kind of paper or strips of cardboard (warping sticks) . This is needed when winding the warp onto the back beam and helps keep an even tension on the warp.
Sorry, I can only ship this item to locations located within the USA. This item may be shipped via FedEx OR USPS Ground Shipping.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
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