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The Bergman Suitcase Loom

Weaving my way through the enchanted Bergman woods, it was by most wondrous luck that I glimpsed the
mythical unicorn.    

This miracle comes courtesy of Warner Lord, who graciously provided the pictures and information for this post.

Presenting… The Bergman Suitcase Loom, patented in 1933!


Stamped on the loom:
    Poulsboro WN
    Pat. April 18, 1933
    NO. 1904715
    LOOM NO. 117B


Warner acquired his Bergman suitcase loom in the 1970s from its first owner, and has used it to weave many overshot bureau scarves and table runners.


It’s a portable, four-shaft, six-treddle counterbalance loom!




Measurements are 43 1/2″ tall, 24″ wide, and 26″ deep; it’s currently warped with 20/2 cotton.



The legs and treadles fold up, the heddles supports fold down, and the front and rear cross pieces between the bottom of the legs fit into notches in the front and back to make lovely “suitcase” about 24 x 26 x 10 inches. The  warp and tie-up are never disturbed.


The other loom is 55″, four-harness rising shed loom and is also folding in that the front and back beams are adjustable as to their distance from the heddles.  When totally collapsed it takes up very little space.   It  was hand built and patterned after a Macomber loom.


Check out the great weaving room and display of shuttles on the wall!

Many, Many Thanks to you, Warner, for sharing these marvelous sights with us!


27 February 2009 - Posted by | Weaving | , , ,


  1. What a truly marvellous discovery how did you come across
    Warner Lord (or possibly My Lord Warner of the unicorn forest)
    I think the suitcase size is just right for Zoes small loom, though it isn’t as elegant as the larger Bergmans. I am wondering how youy are getting on with weaving on Beauty. I am speeding through my Summer and \Winter cushion covers.

    Comment by deborahbee | 1 March 2009 | Reply

  2. Oh this is marvelous and maddening! With my post-move dial-up service, these pictures are loading a centimeter by the hour. I am so pleased to see a suitcase loom that even a sliver is filling me with loom-lust! Thank you for posting these. I intend to come back when my internet is faster.

    Comment by trapunto | 3 March 2009 | Reply

  3. Bergman Suitcase Loom… didn’t know there was such a thing. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Terri | 4 March 2009 | Reply

  4. It’s so sweet and chubby! Great pictures! So we know there is at least one. My crystal ball tells me that Queen of Loom Acquisition will get her hands on one of these for the Royal Menagerie some day, if there are more…

    Comment by trapunto | 23 March 2009 | Reply

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