Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded duringtheback-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and itsaccompanyingcraft resurgence. Schacht makes some of the bestweaving looms onthe market and continues to make innovative newweaving loomproducts. The Schacht Cricket weaving loom is noexception and features a small compact weaving loom design in afull featured rigid heddle loom. The Schacht Cricket loom isnow available in two widths: the original 9inch Cricket loom and the new 15 inch Cricket Loom and both are superportable.
When looking to buy a loom there are many things toconsider.
What brands of weaving looms are best? Wecarry Ashford Looms, Schacht Looms, LeClerc looms and the BekaChildrens looms. These are all high qualtiy weaving looms andgreat for different application. The Beka looms are mademainly for use by children and beginners who aren't really sureabout commiting to the craft, or maybe have very limited budget butstill want to try weaving. These looms are a great value in generaland they are American made which is cool.
The Ashford looms have a fairly broad offering and the qualityis good. They have a lot of experience in manufacturing inbulk and are a very large company so the pricing is pretty good ingeneral and they keep costs down. They offer weaving framesas well as the Ashford Inkle loom and Inklette looms which arepopular with beltmakers and strap makers. These are the onlyInkle looms we carry that can be collapsed. Ashford alsomakes rigid heddle and table looms but not floor looms. Theirofferings for the rigid heddle are pretty awesome. TheAshford Rigid Heddle Loom and the Ashford Knitter's Loom which isalso a rigid heddle dominate the rigid heddle loom market each withits own strengths. The Knitter's Loom is made with moredurability and a folding design where the Ashford Rigid Heddle Loomis more economical but made from unfinished wood anddoes not fold for storage or travel like the Knitter's Loom.
The Ashford table looms come in two versions. The AshfordTable Loom is a tried and true table loomfeaturing multiple shaft configurations and a foottreadle system can be added for more accessability. Theother Ashford Table Loom is called the AshfordKatie Loom. The Ashford Katie is a 12 inch wide full featuredloom with it's strength being it travels well. This loom hassome limitation with winding on a lot of warp. The AshfordKatie is a great choice for workshops or weaving while onvacation.
What type of loom would suit the kinds of things I want tomake?