Home Made Looms
Anything that holds warp under tension is a loom. Any weave structure may be woven on any loom. You don't need special "looms" to weave. You can make a simple loom out of things you have around the house. Here is a collection of wonderful ideas for you to "try before you buy" to see if weaving is something you'd like to take up or to keep children entertained on rainy days.
If you discover any broken/outdated links, please let me know.
Rigid Heddle/Back Strap:
Laverne Waddington Back Strap Basics:
(take note of the household items used to make this loom
Here's a "backstrap loom" with a rigid heddle made from Shrinky Dinks:
You can put string heddles on a frame and use it just like you would a rigid heddle:
How to make string heddles:
Clamps, a chair and a pencil (note: you can use cards, a rigid heddle or string heddles with a shed rod on this set up):
Cardboard Rigid Heddle Loom:
2 Shaft Counter Balance Loom:
See my "How to Make String Heddles" article
Toothpick Loom for making tubes (pouches):
Knitting Board (you could also use cotter pins):
Tiny Box Loom (imagine it on a larger scale!):
Shrinky Dink Loom (similar to Index Card Loom just a bit more sturdy):
Picture Frame / Frame Loom (for Beading):
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Frame-Loom-for-Weaving/ (with rigid heddle)
Cardboard Lap Loom:
Tape Loom Made from Cardboard Box:
Weaving Straws (Sticks):
LOOM PLANS (for the carpenters in your life)
Magic Heddle Loom:
2 Shaft Table Top Loom:
Four Shaft Counter Balance Loom:
Note: File is in BETA. There are errors and omissions (easy to figure out). Please review instructions completely before forging ahead.
Simple Wooden Rigid Heddle Loom:
Not exactly plans but if you're clever and handy with wood, you can probably figure this one out. Great pictures showing lots of detail.