After Granddaughter F completes her second weaving project on the Harrisville Designs Lap Loom A (see previous post), I am moving her to the Cricket (the 15 inch version), a rigid heddle loom by Schacht Spindle Co.
As noted on Schacht’s website: “The Cricket is made of high-quality apple ply and hard maple and is left unfinished. Each Cricket comes with an 8-dent reed (sorry, no substitutions). We also have 5-, 10- and 12-dent reeds. Included are a threading hook, warping peg, table clamps, two shuttles, and two balls of yarn.”
Raised by a father who loved restoring and sailing wooden sailboats, my childhood was filled with stripping, sanding and finishing. So of course I wanted to finish the pieces to the Cricket before assembling. I sanded the pieces with something that resembles a wire scouring pad, cleaned off the wood dust particles, and coated the pieces with a light pecan stain. The finished loom looks like this.
Schacht offers a nice bag to carry the Cricket, but I didn’t want to pay $60 for a cotton tote bag. So I decided I’d use the Cricket to weave material out of which to sew a carry bag. While I had several cones of good cotton that I bought to weave dishtowels, those yarns wouldn’t fit an 8-dent reed. Lo and behold, I found a couple of cones of plied heavier weight cotton that will work just fine in an 8-dent reed.
I decided to weave a faux pinwheel pattern for the body of the bag and make large pockets on either side in blue. I quickly warped up 48 inches of the blue yarn. Sitting on the couch, my feet on a footstool and the Cricket on my lap, I finished up the length of material and cut it off the loom before I went to bed. Easy.
I think the 15 inch will be a bit too big for nearly 7 year old Granddaughter F to weave with on her lap; she will probably have to use it on a table. After a few projects on the Cricket, if she wants I will get her the Cricket floor stand.
If she stays interested in weaving, I look forward to teaching her how to weave on my floor loom. If Granddaughter F’s interest wanes, however, I will have a little rigid heddle sample loom. 🙂