For the past few weeks, I have been testing the Ashford 16 frame table loom.
This craft is also available in 8 or 4 frames in weaving widths of 40, 60 or 80 cm. These trades are portable (the 16 frames still require a few muscles!), Foldable and oh so effective.
I will talk to you more about the 4 and 8 frames later to focus today on the 16 frames. This loom is made only with a weaving width of 60 cm (24 ''), a nice width for a table loom.
It is delivered in spare parts. The instructions (a succession of diagrams) make it possible to assemble this puzzle - which is not really one! - in a few hours. The wood, silver beech, is varnished and the general appearance is superb. The loom seems robust and offers a good seat which persists when embedded in its table (optional).
For the assembly of the chain, everything is done easily: the passage in smooth, in pink - which is placed and withdrawn quickly and easily - you just have to watch the winding direction on the beam a little different on the looms Ashford table.
And here we are at weaving ... I love it!
I grant you, a table trade remains a table trade and the movement is never as fluid as on a floor trade, but all the same, these Ashford table trades are really pleasant.
I like the hanging leaf, facilitating regularity (in my opinion) and movement. I like the handles for lifting the frames: wide, easy to raise and lower. The movement is flexible, regular. The handles are individually controlled which increases the possibilities of patterns.
Finally, I like to weave in peace, so this job perfectly meets my expectations: whether Texsolv needles, frames, clapper ... everything is relatively silent.
Of course this craft, like all multi frames, can be used with only a few frames. Thus, it adapts to all levels of weaving, but offers a huge possibility of evolution for people who want to create complex patterns.
Overall, I really like this job. It is also excellent value for money.
Hours of fun ahead!