Schacht Tapestry Loom

Here’s a new-to-me addition to my loom family, a 25″ Schacht Tapestry Loom.

Schacht Tapestry Loom

It’s a deceivingly simple loom, basically a frame with a tension bar, but it has the ability to do a continuous warp, which means you can weave something 60″ long, plus it has four harness dowels for patterned weaving. I warped the loom with what I had left of my churro warp. Spacing it at about 5 epi, I have a 15″ width. I wove a footer with some beautiful blue indigo wool, and then I used string heddles to add a twill pattern. It takes four harnesses. My plan is to only do small areas of twill, followed by some wedge weave.

Schacht Tapestry Loom: First Weaving

2 thoughts on “Schacht Tapestry Loom”

  1. Congratulations on the new tapestry loom! I have been watching your posts and admire how you have concurred the diagonal. This recent start on the new loom looks most interesting, great color also. As a printmaker I am finding weaving to be a real challenge. I purchased a Schacht rigid heddle loom in the fall ( finished a few scarfs in bamboo yarn & many experiments of tapestry, rugs, mug rugs). My husband & I have 5 printing presses between us so I promised myself only 1 loom. Now making room for a 2nd loom (tapestry) ordered from Meghan Shimek.

    What yarns have you found work best for tapestry? I have purchased Universal classic worsted tapestry yarn and was intrigued by Elsa Williams Tapestry yarn. Best to you, the yarn and the looms. J.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words. You see how it goes? Just one loom… and then one more. Be careful!

      As far as yarn, I’m still a novice. I tend to use what I can find locally or second-hand. Maybe someday I’ll be able to dye colors to add to the fun, but so far, I’ve been happy with wool for crewel or tapestry weaving (found at thrift stores) and embroidery threads. Have fun with your new loom!!

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