My resolution to post more often direct from the studio using the WordPress app seems to be foundering. I’ve already mentioned some annoyance with the way the app works (or doesn’t) but it isn’t the only guilty party – I’ve made my own contribution by putting a great big loom on my desk.


That is it in situ, beyond the other clutter: it’s the new-to-me Varpapuu table loom and it is a fairly substantial object. I don’t have a stand for it, but constructing one might be the best solution. It needs to go somewhere and it can’t stay there! Except that for the short term it will be staying there…

I’m going to be using it for the next Taster Day in a week’s time so I needed to practice warping it up and make sure there weren’t any unexpected glitches. And since I needed to warp it, I thought I might as well weave some samples for future workshops while I was about it. I’m not being very quick, though.


One thing struck me about the Varpapuu, which is that both warp and cloth beams wind on in what I think of as a C-direction rather than an S-direction. You know what I mean? Where a cross-section through the back and warp beams would show the path of the yarn following a C or an S shaped path as it is wound on.

I have one other small table loom which has a C-direction warp beam, although the cloth beam is S, but otherwise all the makes and models of looms chez Cally are S-direction. Personally, I prefer an S as I find it much easier to pack the warp when beaming, but I don’t really know anything about it. Are there inherent reasons to favour one over the other?

One small benefit of the C-path cloth beam is that I can take squinty photos looking down at the cloth,


but I can’t say that’s a really big win!

Loom-desk” was posted by Cally on 19 April 2014 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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6 Responses

  1. marlene toerien
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    Hi cally I weave on kothe nordia varpapuu table looms, as I knew Greig Kothe whose husband designed them, she lived in Groenkloof, Pretoria, and her husband made it for one or other show in Finland, as he worked for a air conditioning firm in South Africa, Varpapuu saw them and started manufacturing them, I am not sure of how and where, but it is a lovely little loom and as don’t have space and can’t afford a computer dobby loom, I use table looms for all of my narrow warps.

    • Kim
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      do you know what size heddles are need for the kothe loom? I got one used and the heddles it had were way to long and i am unsure what size i need

  2. Karen Philpott
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    I love the piece you have woven, and that your studio is still busy but so tidy!

  3. ladyoftheloom
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    Love your studio Cally! Those shelves are giving me ideas….

  4. Kerstin
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    I think all the “scandi-type” looms (floor, folding, table) that I know have C-type warp beams. A cultural thing?
    (I’d say they usually have S-type cloth beams, but not sure)

  5. Julz jewellery
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    I make handmade jewellery and you should see my studio, I wish it was half as tidy.
    As I said my craft is jewellery making but I like to look around to see what other people are up to and to look at other crafts from inspiration for my jewellery designs and I love the colour combinations that you have used with your weaving.
    The colours look so natural and just blend all together they are lovely

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