Cricket Weaving Machine Loom Tips
The instructions for the weaving machine are excellent but I screwed up in the beginning with setting up my first project. I used a video to help me figure out my error as the yarn ply between the heddle wasn’t separating the yarns from each other to slide my yarn through. The apron bars were not set up properly and I realized that after an hour of fussing with the machine. I share with you some tips I learned through reading instructions and making mistakes as I was learning.
Cricket Loom’s Manual is available for download in case you loose your book. I find the online version easier to see exactly where all the components need to be in order to set up your machine just right.
- Need visual help with video instructions? Jane Patrick, owner will show you how to set this up. I found this video extremely helpful as the apron bars that I had screwed up on are clearly visible. Jane show all the steps involved.
- The setting up is time consuming at first, but then you get the hang of it. The first time I set up the machine, I took about 1 hour. The second time was about 1/2 Hour. The third time I got it down to 20 minutes. It’s like crochet or knitting, once you get the knack of it, you sail through.
There is an indentation at the back of the loom that you can see above. It’s not decoration, it’s for your personal comfort when using this loom. Sit back from the table and rest the loom in the indentation to provide comfort. For me, I am on project 4 not realizing this and I have been leaning over this loom for hours. I would have been a lot more comfortable and not had a sore back. I strongly encourage you to put a table cloth down or something to protect your table surface from scratches or scuffs.
- Do a sample peice that you don’t mind throwing in the garbage first. I used expensive yarn for the first project where I didn’t have my tension or knowledge of the machine’s operation in full check. Only by using this machine will you get the finess and knowing what to look for when using this machine.
- You need to make sure that the yarn that is working in the vertical direction that you have set up in the very beginning is strong and will not untwist or separate. A broken string in the vertical direction is a nightmare to fix, if fixable at all.
- In the veritical direction through the heddle, do not use yarn that can pull apart without much effort. The action of the heddle moving over the strings and for weak yarn or yarn that untwists easily, this will cause the fibers to show signs of fatique and then eventually shed the fibers causing the yarn to break.
- You need to ensure the yarn passing in the vertical direction through the heddle is one solid peice, knots in a vertical string will not pass through the heddle and will snag.
- I strongly recommend using good sturdy ply yarn in the vertical direction through the heddle and allow the cross direction yarn to be specialty fibers. Because the horizontal direction is just being compressed by the heddle as you work along, there is no abbrasive or yarn fatique than can happen.
Apperance Tips Using Transitional Yarn
- You can create tartan looking and interesting effects by using slow transitional yarn.
- The sample on the right is using a transitional yarn instead of having to change the yarn to get the desired look.
- I used the transitional yarn that has the blue and yellow shades as the vertical yarns. You can see it created a tartain look in the vertical direction.
- I then used the hand painted wool in the picture on the left as the cross strings. Due to the yarn being hand painted, the shades of colours aren’t consistent and provide an artistic look and feel to this scarf.
More Appearance Tips
- You can change your yarn in the vertical direction while you are setting up the machine. Daniel opted to use two different solid colour strings in groups to create definitive striping in the project.
- You can change your yarn at any time while working on your project in the horizontal direction.
I will have further videos coming online soon:
- Setting Up Your Machine
- Yarn Tips & Tricks
- How To Weave
- How To Finish
- How to Finalize your Project
Enjoy your new weaving experience.
I am not affiliated to Schacht nor have I been asked for this written review for The Crochet Crowd®. I have simply created this review for the benefit of my viewers to make an informed decision if wanting to use this product.