MasterWeaver Loom Questions

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I received the following questions:


I have a friend who doesn’t weave but has inherited one of these looms. I’m not much of a weaver myself, but I might be interested in hers. I can’t quite tell how it works from the pictures….are you limited to the warp length as with tapestry looms? I’ve also seen a posting that says the brochure claims it can do 8 shaft patterns but she’s only been able to do 4 shaft. Were any of your patterns 8 shaft?

Thank you for your time,
Tabi Ferguson

The original MasterWeaver Loom was more decorative with turned wood and had only one length it could weave. As the MasterWeaver evolved, it became the MasterWeaver III which allows for long warps. You can use it as you can see in photos here, which meets most needs, or you can warp on the warp and cloth rollers (they turn), front and back at the bottom of the loom. (I plan to demonstrate in future blog pages when I get the current project off the loom.)

I wondered about the 8 shaft patterns too. I thought perhaps because the weaving cylinder has 8 sides that was how you got 8 shaft patterns. Perfectly logical, but it doesn’t work. The pattern guides explain that you can also use the inbetween numbers positions. That is, instead of positioning the cylinder perfectly lined up with the cylinder bracket, you can position it inbetween. This creates one large and one small shed; you can use either. For instance, 1 3 5 7 across the cylinder and 1b 3 3a 1a 3 2b creates a dog legged check.

The fun of the MasterWeaver is its ability to create rather intricate color patterns simply. Most of my yarn stash is multi-colored or heathery. To really take advantage of the MasterWeaver’s strengths, I’m going to be looking for solid yarns. Yes, I got the Michael’s circular Sunday, all their yarn is on sale … my am I in trouble!

Tropical Twister


6 Responses to “MasterWeaver Loom Questions”

  1. Lynn says, January 10th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I see by your post (I think) you are speaking about a Dryad Cylinder Pattern-maker loom??? I have been looking for one of these. Any ideas where I might find one or even go in search of one? Also if you have the directions is it at all possible for you to copy and send them to me at my expense of-course. I am trying to do some research on this loom and there seems to be precious little about it. Any help will be appreciated.

  2. Tropical Twister says, January 10th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Again my best suggetion when doing loom research is to contact Janet Meany:

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

  3. Tropical Twister says, January 10th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    The Master Weaver Loom was made at different times in the USA and Canada. It was always know as the Master Weaver Loom company.

  4. Sue Carr says, March 30th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I have a MasterWeaver loom that I am willing to sell. I bought it years ago, between jobs, then I went back to working full time and never got to use the loom other than to weave one scarf. It is like new and includes the instructions and the couple of tools that came with it.

  5. Cleocatra says, September 22nd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Interested in a MasterWeaver loom.
    Is there one out there for sale still?

  6. Tropical Twister says, December 2nd, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    You might contact Gordon Robertson He may be looking to sell. See his comment of 12/2/2012.

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