Starting in July 2013, I will no longer be using Ebay, Etsy, or PayPal. I will be cutting back on sales, but doing custom orders and sales using the telephone and postal mail.
I have always had some customers who preferred doing business through the mail and sending Money Orders for payment. This is kind of like going back to the old ways, but it works every time it is tried. I know this could be seen as an inconvenience for a lot of people. This is my circumstance and this is how I need to operate now. You can find triangle looms on Ebay if you want instant results, but I think I am about the only source for looms with finer pin spacing. As of Nov. 2013, I have an email address you can use to contact me. It is; roger (symbol for 'at') weavingboard.com
To make a custom order or to order a loom that I have listed below, make a phone call to me at the area code for all of northern AZ, prefix seven one six, 1715. Contacting me this way will ensure you that I will hold the item for you until payment is received. Also I will need to give you the mailing address and pay-to information. First I will have to get your zip postal code in order to figure the exact shipping, without handling charge, to your location. I may have to package the loom first to get the shipping weight and dimensions thus the actual shipping cost. So it will take some back-and-forth communication. At least you will know I am a real person, not just an email address. I have a good reputation on Etsy and have lots of repeat customers. You will not be asked for payment until I have your shipping charge figured out. In case of a custom order, I will not ask for payment until the loom is completely finished and packaged for shipment.
Returns - I live in a place with no UPS or USPS delivery. I ship items by taking them to town, an 80 mile round trip. I may have to make the same trip to retrieve an item sent back to me. I really do not want to have to take a return on an item, especially
if the reason is that you can't master the continuous weaving method on a triloom. I am glad to help anyone find resources to lean. I think anyone could learn this if someone demonstrates to you. I do have some simple loom kits here that I would sell reasonably if you want to learn. Also, you should be able to find a yarn shop or a group that has a triloom you could practice with.
Basic oak trilooms
I have made a price list for basic, simple 3-piece oak triangle looms. It makes it simpler to have the same prices for the fine sett, medium sett, and standard set trilooms. Shipping is in addition to these prices. Look below for 'Modular Triangle Looms' for larger trilooms that adjust to several sizes.
Size Price Fine Sett In stock Med Sett in stock Std. Sett in stock
2' $75.00 2 2
3' $90.00 2 2
4' $110.00 2 2
5' $135.00 1
The 5' and larger sizes will have to be in a package that goes over the UPS length for their regular shipping cost. It adds about $9 to the cost of the package.
I can make a take-down hypotenuse for these larger sizes. I use an aluminum bracket that joins the left and right side of the hypotenuse. This adds an extra $15 to the loom price, but will reduce the shipping cost to regular UPS rates. Photo of joining brackets below.
I have a fine sett 6' triloom with take-down hypotenuse rail in stock, Nov. 2013. . Price: $180 plus shipping
I also have a 5' medium set triloom with take-down hypotenuse rail
packaged and ready to ship for $150 plus shipping.
Modular Triangle Looms
These modular looms possible only in Medium Sett
or Standard Sett. Could be considered adjustable looms as they can make
several sizes of looms. The right side of the 2-piece hypotenuse can
be changed out to a shorter piece, then the new hypotenuse length is
moved down the 'v' of the sides rails to a new position and bolted in
place there. This leaves some extra side rail ends sticking out, not
too cumbersome if the down-size is only .5' or 1' or so reduction in hypotenuse
length. For instance, I can make a 6' standard 1/2" sett modular triloom
that also makes a 5.5' and 5' size. The modular trilooms ship at regular UPS rates.
6', 5.5', 5' Modular Triangle Loom, standard 1/2" sett $195.00 plus shipping SOLD
I now have fasteners that require a Phillips screwdriver to turn the
stainless steel machine screw (bolt) into the sunken rust-proof dowel
nuts hidden in the rail. The socket head machine screws pictured above
require a hex key which is provided. You could have your choice of
$275.00 plus shipping. In stock Nov. 2013. Packaged for shipping.
$325.00 plus shipping. Six size options with this set. In stock Nov. 2013, packaged for shipping.
Sold to W. in NM
Ships at regular UPS rates, based only on weight.
Triloom or Rectangle loom tripod easel stands.
These are made of pine or fir wood. The price is $150.00 plus shipping.
Ships as a long package with UPS, costs more than a regular length package. Ships UPS. Length of the legs is approx. 75 inches, makes a over-length
Left to Right;
The tripod stand set up for use, folded flat for temporary storage, and
disassembled for shipping. The toggle blocks can be positioned at 9
separate positions on the front legs. You could have a triangle loom
mounted with one block lower or higher to get more than 8 height
settings, because a triangle point-down will float to level. The outer
toggle tightens on the loom rail like a clamp. The inner block is a
spacer that the loom actually sits on. I the inner blocks of
3/4" oak wood which is the same thickness as the triangle looms I make.
I could change these 'floating blocks' to a thickness to match a loom
you have. Chains fasten the
front legs to the back leg, noty visible in these photos. I still use
the Hideaway Homestead brand on these. Finished with golden oak MinWax
wood finish to protect the wood. I provide good printed assembly
Pin Spacing Choices:
Fine Sett: Hypotenuse, slightly less than 3/8" (9mm) Sides, exactly 1/4"
Medium Sett: Hypotenuse, .442" Sides, exactly 5/16" (8mm)
Standard 1/2" Sett: Hypotenuse 17/32" Sides, exactly 3/8"
I can make an "ultra fine sett" triangle loom for an additional 7%. This
would have 3/16" spacing on the sides, a little over 1/4" spacing on the
hypotenuse. I would expect this to be a smaller sized loom. It is not possible to make a take-down hypotenuse with this ultra fine
Fine sett 3' basic oak triloom. This loom does not have a brand, don't know how this happened. You could order a loom without a brand, or with the "Hideaway" or "Hideaway Homestead" brand.. These smaller basic trilooms I have ready now have the 'Hideaway Homestead' brand. I made the 'Hideaway' brand for a plan I had for Modular trilooms discussed below but I can use either or no brand at all.
Close up of same loom. I use panel nails for pins.
Brand Choices - Woodburned on the oak wood.
Aluminum bracket choices
I have been using bare metal aluminum brackets, with bare zinc plated steel bottom plate and wingnuts with a stainless steel bolt. On the right I have replaced the wingnuts with nickel plated acorn nuts. The idea of this is that yarn won't tangle with the acorn nuts. The downside of the acorn nuts is that you would need a 3/8" end wrench, small adjustable wrench or pliers to get them tight. The wingnuts can be tightened with your fingers.
Here I have painted the metal parts. This is a new choice for you. Might be preferred by some to cut down on the shine. I can paint the acorn nuts to match also. The paint may wear off the surface of the painted acorn nuts in time.
Doubling up when triloom weaving
Experienced weavers can do anything on a standard (1/2") sett triloom that can be done on a fine sett loom. I you move a loop back to the pin used on the previous loop, that is doubling. If you put two loops on each pin, you would have twice as many strands. If you only doubled on every-other pin, you would have exactly the same strand spacing as a fine sett loom.
Single weave on standard sett loom. The yarn is a fine handspun fingering mohair yarn.
Double weave on same loom with same yarn. Each pin ends up with two loops on it. You weave normally, but when you have a loop done, you can put it back on the last pin and straighten the weaving accordingly. The next loop will stay on its pins, then the nex one will join it. Both weavings are pictured while still on the loom. You can see where the yarns can be evened out better before weaving is removed from loom.
Formula for figuring yardage on a triangle loom.
Multiply the length of the hypotenuse (long side) times the number of pins on one side. There are the same number of pins on each side, so it doesn't matter which side. That will give you the length of yarn needed. If the measurement of the long side is in feet, you can divide the result by 3 to get the length in yards. If that length is in inches, divide by 36 to get yards.
This is a pdf file to show how to do Basic Continuous Strand Weaving on the Triangle. bastriwve.pdf
Click on it to view or save.
Do It Yourself Tips
A triangle loom needs to have an equal nr. of nails on all 3 sides. Count the corner nails when counting each side. The spacing on the long (hypotenuse) side is greater than the two short sides. For a standard 1/2inch sett, you can use 3/8" spacing for the short sides, then 17/32" for the long side. This is a little more than 1/2", but this is the exact ratio you need to make it work. 9mm on the sides and exactly 1/2" on the hypotenuse will work also.
You can use a rule with 1/16ths of an inch markings, and make your marks on the rule halfway between the 16ths, and get the exact marks you need for the hypotenuse. If you get a 4' aluminum rule, it will have measurements on both edges, and you can have the 3/8" marks on the other edge. I have holes drilled in a rule like this for both 3/8 and 17/32", but you can just mark the points with a fine sharpee.
There are many ways to join wood to make the triangle. If you make the marks or holes before you join the wood, it is easier to figure out where to cut the wood. This lets you put the row of nails right where you want on the rails, getting the row of nails as close as you want to the edge. Getting the correct number of nails and the correct spacing is more important than getting the exact angle of the triangles, but with the spacting ratio shown above, the angles will turn out right.