Showing detail of corner of 6ft medium sett triloom adjusted to 3ft size.
I have made 'combo' looms with bars or what I call inserts in order to have multiple sizes from a single triangle loom frame. I could make an insert bar for any triangle loom I have for sale, giving you the option of making rectangular shawls in addition to having another triangle size. The loom pictured above has 12 inches of space between the top 7' rail and the 5' insert.
I would charge $15 for each bar plus $.45 for each inch. A 60" insert like that shown in photo for a 7' loom would cost you $42.00. I may be able to make one for a previously sold loom. I could use other than oak wood for a even lower price.
5 foot size, 5.5 foot size not shown
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Explanation of Pin Spacing Choices That I have used. This information might be useful to a Do It Yourselfer.
Fine Sett: Hypotenuse, slightly less than 3/8" (actually 9mm) Sides, exactly 1/4"
Medium Sett: Hypotenuse, .442" Sides, exactly 5/16" (8mm)
Standard 1/2" Sett: Hypotenuse actually 17/32" Sides, exactly 3/8"
OR, exactly 1/2"; then use 9mm for the sides.
You can see that the Medium Sett ratio is exactly half way between the fine sett and the standard sett ratio that I have been using.
The first Hideaway brand adjustable triloom I made was a 3' loom, medium sett, that adjusts down to 2.5', 2', and 1.5' sizes. The 3' size is a full 36" along the hypotenuse (long) side of the triangle. The smaller you adjust this type of loom, the more you have extra wood rails sticking out in 3 directions. Still, it is practical for use when it adjusts down a foot or so smaller than the largest hypotenuse measurement. I used the mediuim sett pin spacing which is .442" on the hypotenuse and 5/16" (8mm) on the side rails. I can now make adjustable trilooms in the fine sett pin spacing. Photo below shows the 3' adjustable triloom set at 2 1/2'.
79" Adj. Triloom. Above - Full Size.
Below: Adjusted down 2 sizes, corner detail.
Tripod Easel sold separately.
For my 7' adjustable triangle looms I have been making the size 7', 6.5', 6', 5.5' and 5'. I think I just lost a sale because the smallest size didn't go down to 3' like some of the other loom makers. I have started making the looms adjust to smaller sizes even though I do not think it is practical for a 'pinwheel' style adjustable triloom with one-piece rails to be used at such a small size. The 6' triloom shown in photos below adjust down to 3'.
In fact, you could buy a 'modular' style large triloom made of multiple-piece rails that can make a compact, small 3ft loom in addition to sizes up to 7ft. I haven't examined that loom and I don't know how strong a frame loom rail would be at the 7' size when it is made up of multiple joined wood pieces. My looms have one-piece oak rails that are very strong. Even though tri continuous strand weavers know to weave loosely, sometimes the tension can get very tight and lots of strain is put on the wood rails.
Triloom Frame Strength
A standard pin spacing 7' (84") loom with 1/2" hypotenuse spacing has 169 pins on each side.
My medium sett 7' loom has 191 pins on each side. 13% more on each side than standard sett.
My fine sett 7' loom has 238 pins on each side. 41% more than standard sett.
Each strand of yarn exerts a pull on the loom frame rails. The more strands of yarn, the more strain on the loom frame. The tighter you weave, the more strain on the frame. Towards the end of the project the weaving gets tighter and tighter and can be enough to bend the rails. Or as some have found out with home-built looms, the tension can cause structural failure. Just saying, looms with finer pin spacing need to be strong and one-piece oak rails are strong.
4 foot size, 4.5 foot size not shown. This is what a 'pinwheel' adjustable triloom is about.
Go to www.etsy.com/shop/RogersLooms and you can see what I have listed there.
Pictured at right is a 79 inch Hideaway Adjustable Triangle Loom. Medium pin spacing. This loom was made to equal the hypotenuse length of a well-known manufacturer's "Full Size", "7 foot" adjustable triangle loom. What is different from that loom is the price and the slightly finer pin spacing. 180 pins on each side. It is actually 79" measured pin to pin on the hypotenuse. I prefer to name it Hideaway 79" triangle loom rather than 7 foot, as it is 5" short of 7'. Adjusts down to 5 smaller sizes in 6" + hypotenuse increments. Longest wood piece is almost 7' long so ships in a 7' plus long tube.
The 79" adjustable triangle loom shown here on the right has sold, but I could make you one like it. email@example.com
I am now (Sept. 2016) making only the full 7' (84") adjustable triangle loom as my large loom size, unless you want a custom size such as 7.5 or 8 foot. I have 84" adj. triangle looms made now in Medium Sett and Fine Sett. Also in stock, 3ft, 4ft, 5ft and now a 6ft adjustable triangle loom.
I could make you an adjustable tiangle loom with 1/2" hypotenuse spacing that other loom brands have.
Fine Sett Trilooms
I can now make Fine Sett Adj. triangle looms of any size. I may have some made, but not listed in my Etsy shop, inquire firstname.lastname@example.org
Fine Sett triangle looms might not be for beginners, unless you for sure have fine yarn.
An experienced triloom weaver will know whether they want one or not. I usually sell fine sett trilooms to handspinners who want to use their thin yarns on a frame loom with close pin spacing.
Direct Sales: I could sell you anything I have on Etsy or Ebay directly at a discount. Contacting me directly will ensure you that I will hold the item for you until payment is received. If you want to pay instantly, I can send a PayPal invoice, all I would need is your email address. I will need to give you the mailing address and pay-to information if you want to send a check or MO.
Either way, I will first have to get your zip postal code in order to figure the exact shipping, without handling charge, to your location. I may have to package the loom first to get the shipping weight and dimensions thus the actual shipping cost. So it will take some back-and-forth communication.
Returns - I live in a place with no UPS, FedEx or USPS delivery. I ship items by taking them to town, an 80 mile round trip, or by meeting the truck by chance 8 miles down off the mountain. When I am making a loom for someone experienced in continuous weaving on the triangle, I do not have to consider that they won't be able to master the technique and ask for a return. Of course I stand by the loom as a quality, usable product.
Another reason I hate to take returns - When I ship a loom it is packaged to withstand rough handling. I figured this out over the years. A loom not re- packaged in the same way could get back to me in bad shape.
Full 72 inch size
3 foot size, 3.5 foot size not shown. This weaving size would be awkward to mount on an easel, but on a wall like this, it is possible. The wall space needed is 8 feet horizontally and 5 feet vertically. The 7 foot model at a 3ft adjustment needs even more wall space, at least 9.5 ft side to side. I think I will start making the adjustable looms with small adjustments, just in case someone wants to use them or display them like this. Wall art?
My 7' Hideaway Adjustable Triangle Loom has a weaving hypotenuse of close to a full 84 inches at the largest setting. Medium Sett shown here.
6ft adjustable triloom, adjusts down to 3ft in 6 inch increments.
Machine screws turn into hidden metal dowel nuts. My large Hideaway brand adjustable triangle looms have one-piece oak rails and are made to be strong for weaving large continuous strand weavings.