I am a soul in process. I am life in the making. I am a weaver with shuttle and thread, and back in my loom the design begins to show. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912
Kromski Harp Forte
The Harp Forte is available in warping widths of 8, 16, 24 and 32 inches. Two of the more prominent features of the Harp Forte are the improved, innovative metal ratchet and pawl mechanisms, featuring rare earth magnets that grant durable project tensioning and the side-lock latches that allow for convenient portability of your Harp Forte (even mid-project!!). A built-in warping board is located on the back of the loom and a direct warping peg and clamp is included, as well, giving the weaver the choice of warping method without having to invest in additional equipment. The Harp Forte comes with table clamps or can easily be converted to a free-standing loom by mounting it to a stand (sold separately). When you decide to invest in this beautiful rigid heddle loom, you will receive everything you need to begin weaving in one package!! Along with the items already mentioned, a standard 8dpi heddle, 2 stick shuttles, one pickup stick, a dozen pegs for the built-in warping board and a threading hook are included with the Harp Forte.
Because the Kromski Harp conveniently folds with warp and project in place, why not put it in a tote bag for easy storage or travel?
Made of polycanvas and featuring canvas handles, the Harp Tote Bag is very sturdy. The base of the tote is re-enforced to provide sturdy support of the loom. With a pocket on the inside and a zippered pouch on the outside there is plenty of room for extra heddles, stick shuttles, pick-up sticks, warping equipment, clamps and weaving material. The back side includes canvas straps to secure the long posts for the Harp stand.
Do you need a loom floor stand? Without a stand, the weaver sits with the front beam on the lap and the back end of the loom angled up against a table edge or workbench. This gives you a good view of your work and allows the light weight of the loom to be backstopped by your body weight as the beating is done. This is the traditional way to hold and work this type of loom.
But what if you don’t have a suitable table or counter in the room where you want to weave? What if you want to weave on the back porch one day, under the tree in the backyard tomorrow, upstairs next week and so on? What if you want the convenience of just standing up and walking away from the loom when the phone rings? These are some of the advantages of a loom stand.