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The Loom Owner's Companion

Tom Knisely gives an overview of different floor loom types, how they function, and how to keep them in best working condition.

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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: 11WV14

Author/Speaker/Editor: Tom Knisely

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596686502

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Customer Reviews

The Loom Owner's Companion--a must-have resource Review by Karin

The Loom Owner's Companion is a new, very valuable resource I will keep handy in my library. I watched the entire video the day it arrived. Material was well presented; my husband even became interested and watched it with me. Moving through the types of looms to reading drafts and how to care for my looms, the video helped me to understand my newly-acquired, about 100-yr-old, counter-balance Reed loom. Particularly of interest to me was how to clean the wood without damaging it--especially since my new "old" loom is constructed of chestnut. I was having issues with getting my lams set up with the shafts correctly; Tom Knisely's clear explanation of how to synchronize them together accurately helped resolve our issues. This video is an important resource for all loom owners.

(Posted on 5/15/14)

Loads of info for beginning or new weavers Review by Nicole

If you are planning on purchasing a loom, I think Tom does a nice job comparing the different types of looms, what they can be used for and how to care for them. He also did a nice job of taking classic weaving books and pointed out how each books needs to be interpreted per type of loom you own and how you can change the tie-ups. I am a beginner weaver and really enjoyed this video, his pace and the amount of helpful information he provided.

(Posted on 10/3/13)

Important Basics for All Weavers Review by Natalie Roberts

This DVD by Tom Knisely contains useful basic information for all weavers, such as, the parts of the loom, variations in the way different types of looms work, how to understand drafts and tie ups, what tools weavers should have in their toolbox, how to troubleshoot common problems, and how to care for looms. Tom shows the parts moving so that you can see clearly how they work. He covers jack looms, countermarch looms, counter balance looms, and table looms, giving brand names of the modern ones and a little history of the older ones. When you are done watching it, you feel confident that you understand your own looms better. He speaks in such a friendly, relaxed manner that you feel you might be able to call him up to consult on a particularly difficult problem you are having and he would be interested in hearing about it. There are dozens of useful facts and ideas that will help novices or intermediate weavers accomplish more work faster, save money, and maintain their looms and tools. Some of the information I already knew, but I was especially grateful to learn the material that applies to my own. I discovered that I can lower the seat of my bench, set it inside my countermarch loom, and sit on it while threading. No more crouching in a twisted position, sitting on a little stool, trying to reach through an 8 harnesses forest of white Texsolv heddles at an odd angle for me! That alone is worth the price of the video. I will also try out Tom's advice about maintaining a wide shed as I weave by moving the overhanging beater to a notch with a pivot point further back. He says this is how the production weavers of the past used to do it. Another idea I am going to try out is using doups to save warp and money. Doups are string extensions that are tied around groups of warp threads. He shows when and where to wax, oil, and polish, where not to, and how to periodically tighten the nuts on the beater bar so that the beater is exactly parallel to the cloth edge and breast beam and you get a straight piece of cloth. Tom gives a good summary overview on how to read drafts. He contrasts two different classic systems of notation and explains how combination systems have evolved from them. He uses the principles demonstrated in the earlier part of the DVD. When you press a treadle, what happens to the parts of your loom, where does the weft go in relation to the warp, and how does the result turn out? This is a part of the video I will return to many times, when I am starting specific projects, until I can "get it" in my head, like learning a piece of music. In all, I feel it was worth the money and would recommend this DVD to others.

(Posted on 8/17/12)

The Loom Owners Companion: Know and Love Your Loom Review by Marjorie Erickson

This is a fabulous DVD that should also be added to the other items in Tom's tool box. No one with a loom should be without it. Thanks, Tom for sharing all of the information contained on these 2 disks.

(Posted on 3/24/12)

The Loom Owner's Companion Review by Mary Davis

This has been the best DVD I have watched. Too bad that you didn't have this out before Warping Your Loom. This made things more understandable for a new weaver, so now I actually understand the other DVD's more clearly. Thanks for the time and effort you put into this DVD and others.

(Posted on 2/19/12)