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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN PORTABLE TAPESTRY LOOM

I must state here that this is not my own invention.
My need arose in a period where I was parted from my loom and had to wait a long time for it to be send. In the meantime I could not really go on without weaving :-)
I remembered learning in College about the nomads who attach their warp to sticks, and then set up a kind of frame to put their warp around. When they packed up, they just took the warp off the frame, rolled it up and travelled to the next place.
I used an old wooden bed frame for my first experiment, then I had to leave there and left the bed frame behind, taking my rolled up warp on sticks. The next stage of the tapestry was woven around the door from the entry to the kitchen and then transferred to my loom, after it arrived.
Years later, when people wanted to learn to weave the way I do, I remembered this idea.
We improved on it by making the frame in 2 sizes, either to be put in the car or the smaller one to take on the bus/train, which made life a lot easier for my students. There are two big advantages with this loom :
1. the warp tension can be adjusted
2. the weaving (fell line) can be moved like on a loom with beams, so that one is always in a comfortable position to weave.
There is only one disadvantage. One needs to hang the frame from somewhere. The ideal solution is to clamp it to a sturdy painters easel, but it also works to hang the frame from two large size hooks, positioned in wall runners, or mount two nice clothes hangers on a door and hang the frame from there, and so on.
Let's go and have a look!

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