Sunday, March 14, 2010

Beater on my Toika Loom

Gjeani of Handmade by Gjeani , who recently brought home a new-to-her Toika loom, asked for pictures of how the beater on my Toika is attached.

Side view

The beater contains a 26 inch reed, instead of a full 60 inches, since I'm working on hand towels.

Front of beater

Back of beater

Bottom attachment

Hope this helps!!! Happy weaving!


Theresa said...

Beautiful Loom Sue...let's see, 4 harnesses on it, only 8 more to go! :-) How are the towels going?

Life Looms Large said...

I took those pics today....and you can see that the towels are tied up and ready to go. I'm still figuring out weft and exact treadling. (And busy with other stuff really!)

Soon though I hope to be weaving them!!


Acorn to Oak said...

What a beautiful loom and a wonderful space to weave in. The windows are nice and big. :-D

Theresa said...

I think the testing weft stage can be such fun! I wasn't sure if those pics had been taken a little while ago...
I know the busy thing. I swear the pillow warp is down to a snails pace with only 200 ends measured so far.

Life Looms Large said...


I measured all gazillion ends for my pillow warp at light speed. I was totally running out of time so I would make a deal with myself to wind some big number and then do something else. Then go back and wind more. Kind of endless.

I guess free dye is very motivating for me!!

Hopefully after this week I'll have more time!


Gjeani said...

Thanks Sue,
This sure helps, The problem, althought I don't know if it really is a problem is that I can move the beater from left to right perhaps that is becourse I don't have the warp in the reed yet? I don't know. but I really like all the pictures of your loom, that helps a lot with putting the loom together.

Life Looms Large said...


I answered on your blog also. But I'll say the same thing here in case some one some day is searching for info on Toika beaters.

When I first put the loom together, I also noticed that the beater moves quite a bit from side to side. I compared that to my Schacht Baby Wolf, and realized the baby wolf loom does the same thing on a much smaller scale (being a much smaller loom).

I did tighten the bolts at the top of the beater that hold the reed in place.

And when I weave, I don't notice the side to side motion at all. The warp probably does help hold it in place.


PS: Our power is out, so my time on the internet will be scarce til it comes back on. Fingers crossed that it will be back soon!!

Delighted Hands said...

What an appealing area to set a pace and start-I have made a goal of 6" a day to get myself back into the routine of weaving some every day again!