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The Loom Owner's Companion: Know and Love Your Loom (Video Download)

Tom Knisely gives an overview of different floor loom types, how they function, and how to keep them in best working condition, plus tips for warping and weaving with different loom types.
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Tom Knisely has maintained and woven with hundreds of looms in more than three decades of teaching at The Mannings Handweaving School in rural Pennsylvania. In this video, filmed on location, Tom explains how to get the most from your loom:

  • The features, advantages, and quirks of numerous types of jack, countermarch, counterbalance, and table looms
  • How to read all kinds of drafts and tie-ups correctly for your loom
  • The tools that every weaver should have
  • Easy steps to keep your loom and other weaving tools in top working order
  • Dozens of tips for trouble-free weaving

From the beams to the bench, from tie-on to tie-up and sheds to shuttles, Tom shows how to prepare yourself and your loom for a satisfying, successful weaving experience.



About the Author
For more than thirty years, Tom Knisely has been handweaving teacher and general manager at The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching, Tom weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. Voted Handwoven Teacher of the Year, Tom is renowned among his weaving students for his kindness, good humor, and “seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving.”

SKU: EP3080

Author/Speaker/Editor: Tom Knisely

Format: Standard Definition Video

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Customer Reviews

Good, but.... Review by Donna

The content of the video was outstanding. Even though I've been on my hands and knees fixing various parts of my hand-me-down loom over the years, I still learned a lot of new tricks. My only complaint was that I tried to burn this to a DVD so I could watch it on my DVD player (rather than my computer) and the DVD player did not like whatever format this is in. Frustrating, because my loom is downstairs and the computer is upstairs.

(Posted on 3/8/14)

The Loom Owner's Companion Review by Linda Shepard

I highly recommend this video. My sister-in-law and I watched it together, and we both learned little nuggets to use with our looms. Tom is a marvelous teacher (I learned to weave with him.) I expect to refer to this video often as I continue weaving. (I own a 4-shaft Glimakra and an 8-shaft mighty Wolf as well as a tapestry loom.

(Posted on 7/28/12)