A BETTER Loom for Card Weaving

After using my very simple loom for years Don Betterley and I revised the design and he built a BETTER loom.

Gone are the destructive C-clamps! Instead we have an excellent clamping mechanism, a beautiful red birch hardwood base, and fancy turquoise inlay. And that's just the front piece. The chair in the back is replaced by a warp beam which also serves as warp spreader.

A Very Simple Loom for Card Weaving

published in TWIST Journal, Spring 2010


This is it! Most of you are capable of building this ”loom” and it won't cost you more than $5. This is what you need:

  • a drawer handle, 4 inches long
    (buy at a hardware store for less than $3)

  • a small board, approx. 2” x 7” x 1”

  • padding for the underside of the board. Felt, cork, or heavy corduroy fabric work well. The size needs to be the same size as board, 2” x 7” in this case.

    Everything is on the table. Arms are comfortably supported, the shuttle cannot fall down. And there is space for a pattern sheet in case you need one.


    ... even simpler. Two C-clamps and one pencil. Doesn't everybody bring two C-clamps and a pencil to a workshop?

    The height of the pencil can be adjusted. This works fine as long as the pencil does not slide out.


    The larger picture.

    What to do with the other end of the warp? There are simple solution. A chair with a high back on the other side of the table is ideal. You can then hang weights on your warp. Water bottles will work. Shoe laces can serve as warp extensions.


    The pattern for the band is the ”Peacock” pattern from my pattern library.

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