I’m Weaving on a Jet Plane

Steve and I just returned from visiting our son, daughter-in-law, and our adorable three-year-old granddaughter in The Philippines. So, I was away from my floor looms for a couple weeks! But thanks to my husband, I have a miniature tapestry loom that works perfectly for travel. About the size of an iPad, it is small enough that I can weave on the go, even on an airplane.

Hand-built miniature tapestry loom, size of an iPad, for travel.

Hand-built small frame tapestry loom, designed with offset brass nails to hold the warp, with tensioning device at the top.

Why not take along knitting, crochet, or tatting, you ask? I agree, that would be sensible; but I am a weaver, and I would rather weave.

Weaving small tapestry while on airplane.

With cartoon in place under the warp, and thread selection collected in a small pouch, and thread cutter to hang around my neck, I have everything I need to weave on the airplane. Oh, and a small book light for weaving in the middle of the night. Haha!

Your creator has a meaningful role for you that is perfectly suited for your skills. Wouldn’t it be silly for me to try to use this frame loom to swing at a tennis ball, or strum it like a guitar? Steve made this loom specifically for me to weave small tapestries. This simple frame works beautifully for that purpose, giving credit to its maker. When we find that satisfying role that allows us to practice using our gifts to their best advantage, it reflects well on our maker.

Young family

May you find a way to do what you do best.

From my home to yours,
Karen

8 Comments

  • Angie says:

    What a marvelous travel loom design! Thank you for posting about it. I will share this with my husband to see we can come up with. I especially love your statement about the purpose of your loom.

    (I found your blog through Pinterest, where this loom showed up under tapestry weaving.)

  • Kantu says:

    Hi Karen

    Love your loom. I had seen something similar a while ago. Could you please let me know how you spaced the nails so precisely? And at what spacing from each other.? And where would I get similar nails?

    Kantu

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kantu,
      My husband’s engineering mindset makes precision a must. First, he lightly penciled the wood for the placement of the nails. Then, he used an awl to poke a hole at each spot. Then, he pre-drilled the holes with his drill press. And then, he tapped in the nails, trying to get them a precisely consistent height.

      I honestly don’t remember the spacing between the nails. I think I was trying to get a 10 epi sett, and making two offset rows was my attempt at that. If I were to do it again, I think I would do one row of nails, and double the warps to make a denser sett.

      You can get the small brass nails at a home improvement store, like Lowe’s or The Home Depot.

      Thanks for asking!
      Karen

  • Anonymous says:

    Great loom design!

  • ainz says:

    Hi Karen.
    Just wonderful, this little loom. I am restarting tapestry weaving and I thought I’d try a tapestry journal … but so much empty warp, for a month, a year, seems too much. I was thinking little mini tapestries every day, perfecting techniques until I had them pat.

    I’m off to see what I have in my leftover lumber bin.

    Thanks to you and Steve

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