Roger's Weavingboard is a small, multi-size, multi-shape pin loom. Made on a solid board rather than a frame, the removable pins can be placed in the snug-fit holes to create the size and shape you want. The square, triangle, or rectangle shapes are good for continuous strand weaving, but could be used for other weaving styles. You could make quilt patterns with one of these.
I have some of these in my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/RogersLooms
I could make some more but eventually I will run out of the stainless steel nails. I can't get more from the factory now and other brands are not the same quality. Ordinary finish nails from the hardware store fit nicely, but are plain steel metal which could rust. Would not rust here where I live, but I don't want to sell anything that people might have a problem with.
I think this is a good tool for crafters. Maybe someone can make one for themselves or others. All you need is a drill press, some melamine or plywood, good nails and the proper sized drill bit. I use a #49 numbered bit from the hardware store. This gives the nail just the right fit. You could have someone cut the boards to size. I don't have a copyright on "weavingboard". I would even help someone interested in this with advice. I thought I would be able to have a business but maybe someday... It pleases me to have ideas, a reward in itself if nothing else. International shipping is so expensive, custom a hassle. Someone in UK or elsewhere could make these to sell within country or to export to a large country with billions of people.
A tip for someone wanting to make one like this. A small drill press can't reach very far in the center of a board. I bought a radial arm drill press that has a drill head that reaches a long ways forward of the back post. If you make a loom that assembles in pieces, then you can do the individual pieces on a regular drill press.
An 8"/4" weavingboard with 1/4" pin spacing. This board is made of oak veneer plywood. I can also use melamine, a vinyl coated hardboard. Weavingboards of the 10" and smaller sizes can be made of solid oak wood. Looms come with sufficient nails to complete the largest square plus the large diagonal. You could weave two triangles and leave them on the weavingboard until the hypotenuse edges were stitched together. I have not tried this. Nails are not inserted for shipping. I use 15 guage stainless steel finish nails.
Showing several small weavings made from this size. The reason the larger size on the board is double the smaller size: For patchwork, multiple small weavings could be joined to make a block the same size as the single larger block. You can see that two of the small triangles would equal a small square. four small squares would equal a large square. The sizes I have been making are 3"/6", this 4"/8", 5"/10". I make the 1/4" spacing unless other spacings are requested, just to try to keep it simple. In the past I have used an even finer 3/16" spacing, the standard 3/8"spacing. I could use 5/16" spacing; since I now have a hypotenuse template for 5/16" side rail spacing also. I have some of these 1/4" square spaced weavingboards made, contact me using the info given on the triangle or rectangle pages to inquire.
Finishing the single last strand on a 4"/8" rectangle, using the right-return continuous strand weaving method. This 2square rectangle could be a part of a quilt type design. 2 of these rectangles would equal one large square, 2 small squares would equal one rectangle this size. Rectangle weaving inst. available on the rectangle loom page.
Weaving a square, continuous strand weaving. This is a melamine weavingboard. A little heavier in weight than other wood, but the contrasting background makes it easy to see the yarn strands. Look for square weaving inst. on square loom page. Nails can be removed from holes with fingers, or sometimes small pliers may need to be used.
Triangle continuous strand weaving on same weavingboard. I have triangle weaving instructions on the triangle loom page, or you can find them on youtube under weaving on the triangle. I am willing to make weavingboards to order. Until my supply of stainless steel finish nails runs out. The source of good nails with smooth heads is not there. Finish nails from the hardware store work well, except that they have no rust protection.
The spacing for the triangle hypotenuse (diagonal row) pins needs to be more than all the square sides. My triangle loom page has these spacing ratios.
These looms are not a toy, and small finishing nails could be a hazzard to children.
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