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Beka 7201 Child S 10 Weaving Loom Handcraft Product

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Product Dimensions 22 x 12.5 x 5 inches
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds
Item model number 7201
ASIN B000XGJHQ4
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4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #88,790 in arts-crafts
#59 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing > Craft Supplies > Weaving & Spinning > Weaving Looms

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Our child s weaving loom is perfect for the young and the young-at-heart. An excellent loom for the beginning weaver it also performs well as a portable loom for more experienced weavers. This loom features beak rigid heddles which provide the weaver with an easy and reliable method of weaving.

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By Ali Julia #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 2, 2011
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This product is not a toy. It is built solidly and can be used to create real textiles, just limited in width. Exactly the same loom is sold as small loom (rather than a toy) in this listing Beka Rigid Heddle Loom - Rigid Heddle Loom but at a higher cost.

I recently became interested in weaving and purchased this loom to see if I would enjoy weaving. I have completed several projects on this loom and I really do enjoy it. I was able to create several scarves and sashes which are 4 feet long.
Here are some things that I learned about the loom and the process.

I am attaching several photos which I will be referencing in this review.

1. This loom does not limit you too much in the length of the textile you produce, just the width. I made 4 feet long scarves and could have made them a few feet longer if I wanted. The threads that will be used in the textile are wrapped around the board at the top of the loom (called warp beam) and the finished textile tangles from the front of the loom. This loom does not have a cloth beam on which the fabric can wrapped. As you make fabric you upwrap the threads from the warp beam and pull it down between the boards at the bottom tightening the hand screws to put the threads in tension for weaving. You can see this illustrated in the photos I am attaching to this review.

2. This loom does not come with a few items that you will need for weaving. I read a few books and watched a few videos to understand what tools are needed and made most of them myself.
(1) You will need a warping board. This is a tool that allows you to measure out threads to put on the loom.
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I first bought this loom for my second son, age 12, who is mentally disabled. I thought it would be a good, repetitive thing for him to learn. I myself hated the idea of weaving. I thought it was like knitting -- SO SLOW!!! I'm an efficiency expert. I want things done fast. But I was willing to put up with learning how to use a loom so that I can make my son do this slow, repetitive task to get him away from video games.

I got the loom and studied the instructions. I quickly realized that weaving with the loom is rather unlike knitting. You don't have to go up and down at all. There's this middle piece that does it for you. It is a simple and yet rather clever design. At this rate, you gain fast! That's totally in accord with my efficiency experts principle: to make a slow job move much faster so that it is worth doing. Wow, I did not know this. This is not such a tedious job after all! You can weave a good sized rug pretty fast, about 20 times faster than if you were to knit the same thing with 2 needles.

(Man, I hated doing that when I was a kid!)

So I tried it on my 12 year old and he did pretty good. Surprisingly, my 8 year old boy took a liking to this. He would come and weave for 20 minutes at a time without being told, especially during times when I tell him to do his home work. But the biggest surprise came when my oldest son, age 14, studied what his brother did, declared that he can do much better, and started working on the loom for more than an hour and went way past his bed time on a school night. I couldn't get him to go to bed.

I was hesitant about buying a loom at first, but now I don't regret the purchase. The loom comes with a little sample practice thread all set up and ready to go, which is very nice.
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Don't be fooled. This is NOT a serious loom. It does weave pretty well, but only very small stuff, such as straps. I wanted to weave a scarf, but I was sorely disappointed.

My biggest disappointment was the 10-inch heddle, which should have been the main value of the whole loom. It has eyes that are tiny, just big enough for a fingering yarn (50g) at best, in spite of the fact they are spaced at 5 dents. In fact that's the size of yarn that is included. Because of that, your 10-inch heddle will only weave pieces that are less than half that wide.

The shorter 4 dent heddle has nice big eyes that will fit regular yarn (100g). But it's only 4 inches wide, for about 30 lines of warp.

I really like the wingnut clamp for holding the near end of the warp, but there is nothing like that at the other end. You are expected to wrap the other end of the warp around a board and tie the ends together around some slots on the outer edges of the board. I thought it was quite wasteful and doesn't do much for keeping the warp aligned vertically – just spreads it out.

The shuttle is just a cutout. It is blunt and has not been tapered at any of the edges, and it seems as if the ends will get easily caught in the work, if your shed is not high enough.

There was a piece of weaving already started, as mentioned by other reviewers. It uses the smaller heddle with the larger eyes, but with the tiny yarn, and it is only started about an inch up the warp.

I confess, I stopped short of even using this loom. It did not at all meet my expectations (which were admittedly high), and I am sending it back. I wish someone could have told me all this stuff before I spent the money. But now I am a little wiser.
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