EQUIPMENT / new year, new loom
I took a break in December to enjoy the holidays with my family, decompress and reflect on the year past and plan for the year to come. I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
I want to start off 2016 by introducing the newest member of my loom family, the Kromski Harp Forte Rigid Heddle loom (say that 5x fast!). My husband completely surprised me with this on Christmas and I have to say, the dude did his research. This is the best rigid heddle (RH from here on out-- for brevity) I have ever worked with. The tension is immaculate. It has a metal ratchet system that allows you tension the warp as much as needed without the fear of breaking anything (a very valid concern with my last RH).
This thing has so many great features that I never even really considered for a RH. My background lies mainly in working on floor looms, I have only maybe worked with a RH a handful of times. A friend of mine had passed along an old vintage RH to me years ago when she was moving and when I finally decided to use it, I immediately hated it (sorry, Suzy!). The tension was non-existent, the heddle kept falling over therefore maintaining any sort of rhythm was just not possible. I loved the idea of using it for smaller projects that I didn't to fuss with the floor loom on, but it was a drag. I had NO IDEA that a RH could be like this! It even folds in half with a warp on it so you can travel with it. I could camp with this loom!
The stand is genius as well. The angle is completely adjustable depending on how you like to weave. The pegs on the bottom can function as a sort of shelf, but their main purpose is as a warping board! If you flip the loom over, you can create a small warping board on the back, making it easier for longer warps. Isn't that incredible?! I have a warping mill at home, but that'd be a great feature for traveling (or even in-between length warps).
Overall, I am so psyched to use this loom this year. I feel bad for my old RH because it is basically dead to me. The only qualm I have is the half-woven project on it (a crop top using Noro Tokonatsu in orange) that I now know I will never finish on that loom. I just can't go back to it after the Harp. Guess I'll just have to cut off what I have and see if I can use it for something else.
My first project for the Kromski is sort of strange I guess. I decided to make necklaces on it (something I wanted to do with my old RH, but dreaded because of the tension issue). I have 8 separate little warps on it and the tension is perfect on each one.
If you're interested in learning more about the Kromski Harp Forte Rigid Heddle, you can find more information here:
- Kromski and Sons website. There are also additional heddle blocks you can purchase for double weave projects and carrying case for traveling.
- The Woolery. This is where my husband purchased it from. He said the service was great and the shipping fast!
- Kromski North America YouTube. Videos and detailed instructions for every aspect of assembling to warping and weaving on the Harp.
Happy New Year and happy weaving, lovers!