I think you all know by now how much I enjoy sharing my passion for fiber arts. This past weekend I taught the Textile Merit Badge to a small group of Boy Scouts. I think that every time I teach it I have more fun that the time before. I keep trying to add new items. So I was thrilled when my friend Mary found a tag sale treasure for my class. It's a rigid heddle loom on a stand that is much larger than my 10 inch looms.
The instruction booklet implies that it's the Erica loom from the 1970s.
Upon closer inspection it appears to be a Schacht Spindle loom. Perhaps Schacht bought the Erica loom's parent company at some point?
At any rate, this came at the right price and with a free tapestry sample for my class.
I can hardly wait to take this off the loom, knot the ends, clean up the loom and warp it for a new project.
I already know that I need some shuttles and a picking tool. I can get those easily enough. But perhaps someone out there can recommend a good reference book for some rigid heddle samplers? I'm so excited about my new treasure. I plan to weave in some camping themes into my samples. I can envision tents, campfires, roasted marshmallows, canoes and more in future weaving projects. I do enjoy spinning a good yarn. Let's see if I can weave one, too.