16 inch rigid heddle loom

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16 inch rigid heddle loom by ten16 Oct 6, 2014


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This is a 16 inch rigid heddle loom with an 8 dent reed. You can make it as narrow as 8 inch or even wider by removing or adding middle reed pieces . Make the loom as long or short as you want based on your size and your work space. You will need 7/8", 7/16", and 1/2" dowel rods also #6 x 1/2" wood screws in addition to the printed parts.
I originally made this to sell, but shipping them proved to be more of a headache than I cared to deal with right now.Please don't be mean and try to sell this unless you want to send me a cut of your earnings for designing it. If you make this and enjoy it please consider dropping a buck or two my way - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9ZKG4R88F6HK8


I'm not great at writing up instructions but I will include rendered sample pictures to help with the assembly. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
If you need help learning how to warp a rigid heddle loom check out this great video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa1WrHOTjxY
To simplify the weaving and warping process I changed the standard rigid heddle loom design. Tie your warp strings to one of the dowel rods instead of the warping stick like shown in the video. There will be no need to add strips of cardboard while rolling up your project because the knots will be hidden between the two dowel rods.
Because of my design changes I added a tension bar that keeps your work at a constant height instead of moving up and down as you roll up your project.
number of each item to print:
8dent l -------------1
8dent lc ------------1
8dent r -------------1
8dent rc ------------1
break ---------------2
handle --------------1
handle1 -------------1
heddle brace -------1
heddle brace1 -----1
main brace hs -----1
main brace hs1 ----1
main brace ----------1
main brace1 --------1
pins -------------------2
retaining ring -------2
tension brace ------4
winding brace ------4

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hi I want to build your loom but you don't say what size dowel rods granted the length is a give me but the diameter would be nice to know I like how you made it easy to add pieces to make it longer for me it would be easier to add and make what I want as wide as I want rather than tie them together, it makes it more uniform anyway great work.

This is terrific! Thank you for posting. I hope that you find a way to make money from it. Im making mine from an old kiddie stool but printing out the heddles, ratchet knobs, and heddle mounts will be terrific.


I have a few questions about this one:
The instructions say to print two tension braces but the picture looks like four are being used. Is this right?
Also how are the pins and breaks connected? My guess is to super glue the pins to the main brace.
Finally, where are the retaining rings being used? I cannot see then in the picture.

Besides these questions the build looks very nice; I can't wait to try it out!

Great catch, thank you, yes there are 4 tension braces. I have updated the instructions to reflect that.

I have my printer calibrated just perfectly for this design so I didn't need to glue the pin for the break in, but you could if you find it too loose.

The retaining rings go on the right side of the loom as you are looking at the main picture. I have uploaded another view of the loom to clear that up.

I hope that helps and you get to try this loom out. I really enjoy it!

Hi, I'm in the process of printing this for myself - I can't wait to get weaving with it.
I still cannot see exactly where the retaining rings go in any of the pictures.

When you're looking at the picture the advancing handle is on the left and the retaining ring goes on the opposite side in the same place.

I'm still not seeing this. Perhaps you could upload a picture to illustrate this, since there isn't one already.

BAH! I'm an idiot!
I've printed out FOUR advancing handles, thinking I need one on each side at each end.
I only need one on one side at each end, and the retaining rings go on the other side!

I think I might use all four handles instead, now I've printed them out

Great! I'm glad you got it figured out! Sorry for the late reply I don't check thingiverse as much as I'd like these days.

I did the retaining ring on the other side to save on plastic, but I imagine two sets of handles would be handy :)

Hey again, one more quick one. What was the cut length of your dowels running front to back?

Thanks again!

Ray D.

Gah, totally spaced on this! It's 26 inches. That includes a little sticking out the back to wedge it on the edge of a table.

Sorry for not replying sooner. For some reason I don't get notifications anymore. I will measure mine when I get home, but I wanted to go ahead a reply to let you know I saw this.


I was wondering if there was any images or video of this build in action?

I don't have any pictures or video of this version, but here are two pictures of my early prototype in action. The basic mechanics are the same as the uploaded version but the uploaded version looks nicer and is stronger. http://imgur.com/a/ihZ83

I will see about making/uploading some video soon.

Many thanks for the follow up! I just wanted to see what I was getting into...

One more quick question, the heddle: could it be replaced with a store bought one? Would those fit in the printed heddle 'bracket'?

Dang! I totally didn't see this either, man not getting notifications stinks! The heddle I designed is 15.5mm thick. If your heddle is bigger or smaller than that you could try modifying the heddle bracket/rest (whatever it's called) in a program like Blender 3D. If you're not into designing and just like printing I'd be more than happy to work with you to get it working for you.

Thank you for the follow ups! The pre made heddle I bought fits quite nicely in the design as is, great design overall!

Which heddle brand did you buy? I'd love to have a 12 dent. Thanks!

Hi! The loom looks great. I have a design question. Would it be possible to reduce the max dimension to something like 100 to 110mm and keep it structurally sound? From viewing the files the max dimension is 125mm. I ask because I'd like to print this on a mini 3D printer which has a max dimension of 113mm.

Hey, sorry for such a late reply I honestly thought I already replied, lol!

I think reducing the size would be possible by taking a little off the top and bottom.