I love being asked this question and it makes me think of Prince Charming trying to find just the right fit for the glass slipper.
Our Prince found Cinderella to be the perfect fit, however weaving is a personal thing and there are a few things that we can take into consideration to get you the right fit...
The Rigid Heddle comes in a box and requires assembling, a great way to get to know the different parts of your loom, We recommend rubbing a wax polish into the timber as you put it together to seal it and give it a beautiful nourished finish.
The instructions are simple to follow click HERE for an example. You don't have to be a handy person just a little patience before you can get your warp on and start your first project.
The Knitters Loom comes ready to warp straight out of its bag. Lacquered and folded it fits snugly into a padded bag and comes ready to go, no patience required here.
Next thought is how wide do you want to weave? The width of each product determines the weaving width, ie a 40cm Rigid Heddle will give you a weaving width of 40cm.
Each loom is different.
The Rigid Heddle is available in a 40cm, 60cm, 80cm and 120cm
The Knitters Loom is available in a 30cm, 50cm or 70cm.
Both the Rigid Heddle and Knitters Looms comes with built in 2nd heddle kit that allows for advanced pattern making and weaving on the fold. This allows you to create a fabric that is twice the width of your loom.
The end product on a 40cm Rigid Heddle would now be 80cm and on a 120cm would allow you to create a cosy blanket 240cm wide.
The Rigid Heddle does not fold up where the Knitters Loom does allowing for easy storage in its bag where the Rigid Heddle may like to rest on its stand ready for whenever the urge to weave strikes.
Both can be mounted onto a stand or used on table surface.
Warping your loom up the Rigid Heddle comes with a built-in indirect warping option (pegs not included), this option is not available on the Knitters Loom but both come with a warping peg and clamp so you can get your warp sorted.
Shuttles come in all different lengths, even way ones to suit the width of the loom, keep in mind the space needed each side of the loom to allow for the shuttle to pass through the warp easily, not something designed for doing whilst seated in an aeroplane, lots of elbow room needed.
Then there is availability. Our current stock levels are displayed above each product, should demand be high we maybe waiting for new stock to be manufactured by our supplier and this will show a date pending.
We have afterpay available at checkout and the option to pre order should the product you would like to purchase be in production. Payment is not required to make a pre order and can be paid by bank transfer when stock becomes available.
So there you have the difference between the Knitters Loom and the Rigid Heddle. Here is hoping you can find the right fit and live happily ever after!!
xx Aunt Jenny
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