I’m working in the Weaver’s “Shop” for Galilee-By-the-Sea Marketplace Vacation Bible School for the downtown churches in Huntington. There wasn’t a big loom already made up from 3 years ago, so I did some research and I’m making one (it is almost done, pictures, etc later).
The instructions for the VBS showed a (boring) frame loom. I don’t really weave, but one of the reasons I never got into it as a kid or even when I had tried it at museums and stuff is that I HATE weaving when you have to lift-every-other-thread! I don’t think that kids will really “buy” that people really made all of their clothes and fabric goods this way, so I wanted to make the loom more realistic. With a device to make TWO sheds for weaving “automatically”, so they don’t have to pick up individual strings as they go in the warp.
I had made a tiny backstrap loom to show myself how a heddle worked, from this site:
and I used several webpages about Warp-Weighted Looms
especially since those seem to be period-correct for Jesus’ life, as well as for Vikings, which is what I do for SCA.
I wanted a rigid heddle loom versus a string heddle, because in the Viking BBC video they had to “beat” the warp a lot with the string heddles, and I thought the slot-and-eye heddle would be easier for the children.