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Tri-Loom Weaving

I snagged a set of used Carol Leigh travel tri-looms and stand some time ago, but haven’t used them until recently. They came packed in their very own bag for travel.

The size of a tri-loom comes from the measurement of the hypotenuse (long side), so mine are 2- and 3-foot looms.

I bought Tri Loom Weaving by Barbara Herdman along with the looms. It’s very thorough, packed with instructions on weaving different structures from plainweave to twill and bias, plus lots of information on finishing and binding off techniques. I also found the yardage estimates for the looms very helpful.

The handy stand is of a simple tripod design. I found it very helpful, although both 2- and 3-foot looms are small enough to lay flat on a table for weaving. Any tri-looms larger that these would probably be too cumbersome to use unless hung vertically.

I used a 3-ply, plum-coloured Tahki New New Tweed yarn made of merino, silk and viscose for my first project on the 3-foot loom. The neat thing about using a tri-loom is that you weave as you warp, so when you are finished warping, the weaving is finished as well! The continuous weaving fills in from the outsides to the middle, and as the weaving becomes closer to finishing, the amount of weaving over-and-under to get to the next nail increases. All edges are finished and will not ravel when the triangle is popped off the loom.

With some of the leftover yarn, I crocheted a loop edging along two edges of the scarf. After a vigourous hot washing, the finished measurement of the long side measures 34″, and makes a very petite neckerchief.

After wearing it pinned, it rolled down for a collared effect that I like enough to preserve. It took two evenings to complete.

My next attempt at the tri-loom was with Reynolds Fusion yarn; made of mohair, acrylic, and wool.

I had been dreaming of very lacy mohair shawl, perhaps piecing four smaller triangles together into a larger triangle, all without sewn edges or fringe.

The plaid pattern that emerged is so enchanting!

Unfortunately, I had forgotten that the amount of over-and-under weaving increases as the scarf progresses, and the sticky mohair yarn was maddeningly difficult to work with, even at the beginning. I couldn’t progress any further than the pictures you see here, and decided to abandon the project; it’s already off the loom, and even this bit of weaving is so pretty.

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1 August 2011 - Posted by | Weaving | , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. How fast does this type of weaving go? I would like to try it….

    Comment by Julie Beer | 1 August 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi Julie! This type is weaving goes fast! It took me 2 evenings to finish the small neckerchief, including crocheting the loopy border, I’d say 3 to 4 hours? But then, I’m slow. It helps to use smooth yarn, at least the first few times you start out. They also make huge 7-foot tri-looms, but I think I’d rather piece together smaller ones than work with such a large loom — with the smaller looms, you can have them up on a stand, or flat on a table (or your lap). I love the idea of one continuous piece with a 7-foot loom, but then I think you’d be stuck standing and weaving the entire piece in the place where you hang it.

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 2 August 2011 | Reply

  3. These are beautiful E! Congratulations.

    Comment by Magda | 4 August 2011 | Reply

  4. Hi! I have the 2 foot triangle loom and have been having fun with it. I’ve made a few scarves piecing 5 triangles together and crocheting around to finish the edge. Do you like the 3 foot loom? I was thinking about getting the square looms too. I don’t have the tri pod holder, but now think it would be pretty handy. Thanks for your post.

    Comment by Mary Sarah Brady | 9 August 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi Mary Sarah! I like the 3-foot loom a lot, although there aren’t many looms out there in the universe that I don’t like, LOL. The stand _is_ pretty handy, but not essential to these smaller looms. The 3-foot loom is still portable (I took mine, without stand, to finish off the scarf during DS’ gym class), which is always a plus in my book. I haven’t used my 2-foot loom yet, but will get around to it soon — I like the idea of scarves with triangular ends!

    Comment by SpinningLizzy | 9 August 2011 | Reply

  6. I am working on a six foot tri loom that my husband built for me and an easel I bought from the lady that taught me how to weave. I also tried some really cool yarn that I ended cutting out of my project this morning. I had to take little manicure scissors and snip away. The yarn was cute but just had too much tangle and static.

    Do you have a Facebook page for Spinninglizzy?

    Comment by Susan Prewitt | 24 September 2011 | Reply

    • Lucky you, having an in-house carpenter!

      I like your idea of using the tapestry needle to weave back in the cut ends. I guess you also end up with built-in fringe.

      I’m in the group of probably 2 people still left on earth who doesn’t facebook or link in or twitter or whatnot. It would cut into my weaving time!

      Comment by SpinningLizzy | 24 September 2011 | Reply

  7. I think I’ll use that super sticky yarn to go back into a finished wrap and make some stripes. I can probably make it work with my big-eyed needle.

    Comment by Susan Prewitt | 24 September 2011 | Reply


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