There is currently a 3 week waiting time for backstrap looms because I have sold out of my stock and am making them to order.
Backstrap looms consist of a simple series of sticks. Weaving on this style of loom has happened all over the world for longer than anyone can say for sure. Setting up these looms is not hard, but it does require a certain commitment and craftpersonship. The simple tools lend themselves to infinite possibilities. Paradoxically, more complex tools tend to put more limitations on the weaving. That is not to say that someone can not start a simple weaving practice on a backstrap loom very easily. It is just that once you begin, there will be infinite possibilities for your learning!
These kits contain all the pieces you need to set up a portable loom that uses the weaver’s body itself as one of its anchors. You will only need to provide the yarn! The kit contains hand-carved wooden tools, warping pegs, a hand-woven backstrap, twine, a tapestry needle, c-clamps and a hand-made canvas carrying bag.
These looms can accommodate up to a 22” weaving width. I recommend that beginners start weaving no wider than 10”. It is very important to weave with smooth yarn when working on a backstrap loom. (Fuzzy yarns will be very frustrating because they will stick together). Pearl cotton is a good place to start.
I have a full instruction book for setting up and weaving on a backstrap loom coming out shortly. In the meantime I recommend the following resources for setting up your loom:
The Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Book by Rachel Brown (Rachel was my weaving mentor. This book has an excellent chapter that shows how to set up and weave on a backstrap loom).
https://backstrapweaving.wordpress.com This blog by Laverne Waddington is an excellent resource for learning to weave on a backstrap loom.