Masterweaver III Loom

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Janet Meany of the The Weaver’s Friend/The Loom Manual Library has an amazing collection of loom and spinning wheel manuals. If you are lucky enough to score a wheel or loom second hand at an estate sale or off eBay but with no manual, she may be able to help you. The Masterweaver Loom is no longer in production. As I posted earlier, I located one on eBay, then picked it up in the North Carolina mountains from where I carted it home. I cleaned it up but have been waiting for instructions which I was able to order from Janet. They arrived Tuesday.

I poured over the information. It saved me hours and much frustration. By inspection, I “kindda” had the idea of how the loom worked, but her information provided instructions and patterns which have turned me into an “expert”.

Janet graciously allowed me to provide her complete contact information here. Her site is fun to visit even if you’re not looking for information on an orphan fiber widgit.

Thank you again Jean,

Tropical Twister

Janet Meany
The Weavers Friend/The Loom Manual Library
5672 North Shore Drive, Duluth MN 55804
Tel: 218-525-5778


21 Responses to “Masterweaver III Loom”

  1. pamela says, November 2nd, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I would love to find out how to just do the tabby weave.
    I’ve had my Masterweaver loom for many years but lost the pattern book a long time ago.
    They really are great looms. I made many things with mine.

  2. Tropical Twister says, November 2nd, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Try setting your design cylinder at 1 3 7 5 and rotating it 3 7 3 7

    Try it on a small swatch. I think it should work. I have the loom set up with a project or I would try it for you. Let me know how it works.

    Tropical Twister

  3. pamela says, November 2nd, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you so much. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me!
    I really love your site too, you do some of the finest spinning!
    I’ll be checking back often to see what new things you have done.
    This is so exciting!


  4. Susan Guastaferro says, May 3rd, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I have a Master Weaver Loom but cannot find the instruction booklet. Any idea how I can obtain an instruction book? I’d like to teach my 12 year old granddaughter {she is autistic] hop to weave with the Master Weaver.


  5. Tropical Twister says, May 3rd, 2009 at 9:13 am

    You are in luck, you can get copies of instruction books with patterns through the Weaver’s Friend at
    Janet Meany is really nice and very helpful when you email or call her.

  6. Kim says, September 10th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I just got a partial Master Weaver loom, and was going to turn it into a stand for RH (It doesn’t have the shed device)
    Should I try to save it and get the manuals from Janet, or use the base as I’d planned?

    The information I’ve found since getting the base make me want a working Master Weaver :-), for sure.

  7. Tropical Twister says, September 10th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Kim: Did you get the frame I just saw on eBay? RH? Not sure what you mean. Without the shedding device you’re not going to be able to weave as it was devised; patterns won’t help. I would think it would be nearly impossible to find the drum/shedding devise to fit. It looks like the frame (the one on eBay) was the earlier version that doesn’t allow you to added an extended warp. Tropical Twister

  8. Kim says, September 14th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Yep-that’s the one.
    I can’t find pictures of the earlier model, but it looks like one part of the frame is missing, besides the wheel.
    Unless I have time to get really (really insanely) creative and try to make a version of the shedding wheel, now that I’ve seen one…I was going to take the frame part off, and screw the base as a stand onto my old Beka 36″, whose original x-frame is failing.

    I want a MasterWeaverIII :-) so if anyone decides they don’t want theirs, I’m here…I’m a novice weaver, but love to play with gadgets…and this is a really nifty gadget!

  9. J. Marie Hicks says, October 4th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I have a masterweaver loom, and I have been looking for the continuous warping device, or patterns to make the continuous warp device for the masterweaver loom. Does anyone have a source, or a pattern to make the added attachments to allow continous warp projects? Otherwise, you are limited to twice the length of the frame for project length… I have two books for the masterweaver. I will look and see if there is anything interesting in them that I could post for people…

  10. Tropical Twister says, October 4th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve never seen a warp beam for this loom but the literature speaks of one for the MasterWeaver III. I should have my husband the engineer address himself to the issue. As you say, it would allow one to add a “limitless” warp. Of course, the loom warps much faster than a conventional loom and the thought may have been that the weaver who needed more fabric would just do a quick re-warp. Tropical Twister

  11. Tropical Twister says, October 5th, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Your comment got me to thinking…I looked through all the brochures/patterns from Janet Meany again and I struck gold. On pages 43, 44, and 45 of the brochure “The Masterweaver III” (photo of cover above), I discovered photos and instructions for “warping your MasterWeaver III for Yardage. …”ends are tied to the warp stick which is secured to the ‘warp roller’, …It is held stationary by two interlocking pins, which can be released thereby allowing the warp yarns to be rolled forward towards the front of the loom.”…”The cloth roller is held stationary by two interlocking pins, identical to those on the warp roller” I took a quick look at my loom. It looks like the photo but I don’t see the “interlocking pins”. I’ll have to examine it more closely. Tropical Twister

  12. Gordon Robertson says, September 28th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I have a Masterweaver III loom which i got when my Mom diesd about 15 years ago. It has been in storage for all those years. I have a manual .. someplace .. for it. I’m wondering if anyone has a spare one in case I can’t find the old one and what this thing is worth? It has never been used because weaving just isn’t my thing. I can be reached at DRGNWRKS.NET

  13. Tropical Twister says, December 2nd, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    You can get copies of manual and patterns for weaving through Weaver’s Friend as stated in the post. They have a library of old manuals, books and patterns.

    If you’re interested in selling, you can list on on Warped Weaver’s Marketplace (if not a member, it’s free to join).

  14. Dave says, March 16th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hi there

    Was wondering if anyone knew how much a Master Weaver iii Loom was worth? I am considering purchasing one for my mom.



  15. Linda Johnson says, May 25th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I just bought a Masterweaver III for $200.00.. I am having difficulty figuring it our. Anyone that would be willing to discuss this with me.. or would have a better book. The instruction Manual I have not useful.

  16. Tropical Twister says, June 27th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    If you notice in the article you’re referred to Weavers Friend. I got a very comprehensive book from them with patterns specific for the Master Weaver (much easier than trying to adapt patterns to the master weaver). I would encourage you to contact them. If you have any specific questions, I’d be glad to try and help. PS You got a very good deal on the Masterweaver … good for you!

  17. gary newton says, August 23rd, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Just bought a masterweaverIII. I am a complete novice. wo you have any suggestions on where to go to get started weaving?

  18. Melanie Mitchell says, August 26th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hi all,
    If anyone has a photo of a working MasterWeaver III loom, I would certainly be grateful. I am restoring one and the manual I have from Janet Meany is not clear on the instalation of the “drive bands”.

  19. Laura Day says, October 9th, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I am also looking for a video of someone weaving on a master loom so that I too, can see the set up for the drive bands.

  20. gretchen ricker says, April 9th, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I too have a Masterweaver loom. Warped it up with unmercerized cotten to make dish towels. But it isn’t working. Has anyone tried using anything besides yarn?

  21. Tropical Twister says, January 16th, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I find even fine would can get caught in the cracks. I think it was designed for fuller, thicker yarn.

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