I’ve done some research on where I might teach weaving within half an hour’s drive of our home. Community centers, senior centers and continuing education programs seem most likely. I found out that several places require a minimum of six students to register or the class will be cancelled. This means I need to have at least six rigid heddle looms!
I know the likelihood of finding even one rigid heddle loom in a thrift store is very slim, so I started noting the going prices of just a few of the many different sizes, brands and styles of them that come up for sale on eBay. I even bid on a few, but they always went beyond my maximum bid. . . until recently.
The first rigid heddle loom I bought is an 18″ Avalon that has spent many years safely stored in her original box, by the looks of it, since the 70′s! Funny, that’s when I learned to weave.
What Fun projects my future students can look forward to making on this loom: a poncho, a hat, a fringed bag, and, a scarf! I’m not sure about the present popularity of the first three, but scarves still seem to be a favorite for the beginning weaver’s first project.
It’s nice that the original direction sheet still exists, but I’m so glad that I don’t have to decipher all this fine print and diagrams! (Have a look at the instruction book for a Spears rigid heddle loom, HERE. Spears are very similar to Avalons.)
Weaving looms can be thrifty – I paid about $40 for each of these. . . including the shipping – but it takes some patience to find the ones selling at low prices. I just saw two other 18″ Avalon looms on eBay, both with Buy It Now listings instead of auctions. One is $50, plus $20 shipping, and the other, $89.95 with free shipping. yikes. I prefer $40 with shipping, thank you. HAha.