Key features and accessories for weaving…

Reed- A reed is used to separate and space the warp threads, to guide the motion of the shuttle across the loom and to push the weft threads into place. We often get asked what dpi means.. dpi =dents per inch and refers to the number of threads per inch. For example, a 10 dent reed will have 10 slots/holes per inch. The lower the dent size, the thicker the yarn you need to use for your warp. There are 6 reeds which fit our looms these are 15” 8dpin, 14dpin and 24” 8dpin 10dpin, 14dpin and 18dpin. We recommend an 8dpin reed for a beginner.


Raddle- A raddle is used to assist the weaver when warping the loom from “back to front”. Raddles make it easier to spread the warp when beaming. There are two raddle sizes which fit our Harris looms these are 15” and 24”.

Stick, boat and roller shuttles- A shuttle is designed to carry the thread of the weft yarn while weaving with a loom. Shuttles are thrown or passed back and forth through the shed, between the yarn threads of the warp in order to weave in the weft. We have a few different types of shuttles these include 9”, 15” and 24” stick shuttles and 11” boat shuttles.

Heddles- A heddle is an important part of the loom and they play a vital role in weaving. Each thread in the warp passes through a heddle, which is used to separate the warp threads for the passage of the weft. Heddles are typically made of cord or wire and are suspended on a shaft of a loom. The warp threads are moved up or down by the shaft. Our heddles come as singles or in a pack of 500.

Pirns- A pirn is a rod where weft thread is wound for use in weaving. It’s similar to a bobbin but instead is fixed in place and the thread is delivered off the end of the pirn rather than from the centre. Our prins can be brought in a pack of 10.

Some additional weaving accessories that make weaving easier are:

  • Spool weavers
  • Folding stands (Convert your table looms into a floor standing loom)
  • Warping board/frame (Our warping board is 90cm x 70cm = 36” x 28”)
  • Horizontal warping mill (180 cm, 2yd circ)
  • Vertical warping mill
  • Winding station
  • Warping station
  • Threading hook (cranked)
  • Reed hook
  • Loom cord

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