Rigid Heddle Loom Comparison Chart - click here to
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As of May 2014, the Kromski Harp has been updated and as such it has an updated name; it is now called the Harp Forte. The update involves the ratchets and pawls; these parts are now all metal and work with the assist of a rare earth magnet.
The Kromski rigid heddle loom has several innovative features. The Kromski Harp has a warping board integral to its design; turn over the loom and you can make your warp (five yards plus). When you get ready to travel, take your Harp with you; it folds to be more compact (with the warp attached) and fits neatly into the Kromski tote bag (optional). The overall look of the Harp is also striking; European alder wood with a clear finish, lots of curves and turned pieces. Your Harp comes with a 8-dent heddle, 2 stick shuttles, a pick-up stick, threading hook, 2 clamps, a warping peg, warping board pegs, the very helpful "warp helper", and a video on assembling the loom and basic weaving. The Kromski Tote, extra heddles, extra heddle blocks (for more complex weaving) and stands are available separately. Loom sizes: 16", 24" and 32". You will weave great music on the Kromski Harp!
The Kromski loom does double duty as a warping board. Create a small warp or a large one, but you don't need to purchase extra equipment to do it.
Folded, the Kromski Harp will store easily or allow you to transport it to workshops, to the cabin in the woods, or to the beach.
For weaving instructors and stores giving classes, The Harp is the perfect loom to get students weaving. Each loom has everything a beginner needs for a class. And when the class is adjourned for a week, or when it is over, let them take it home as a "keeper."
Considerable effort has been put into creating clear assembly instructions. It is really quick and easy to put the looms together. In addition, we have created lengthy instructions that will help a beginner setup and complete their first project. So right out of the box and to a finished piece, The Harp is just right for beginners or experienced weavers. Click here to see the assembly directions in a PDF format.
Kromski Harp Forte Looms
Floor Stands for the Kromski Harp Looms
Fiddle Rigid Heddle Loom
If you are looking for a basic rigid heddle loom, the Kromski Fiddle will fit the bill. Great for your first try at weaving, for kids and more.
The Fiddle, at 16", will do everything the Harp will do in terms of weaving; you will not be giving up anything in that regard. Weave to your hearts content. The Fiddle is packaged with a 10-dent heddle, 2 stick shuttles, clamps, a modified Warp Helper, warping peg and a threading hook. You can also add the following options to your Fiddle: additional shuttles, pick-up sticks, heddle blocks (to allow the use of 2 heddles) and The Harp stand (above). The Fiddle also comes ready for use as a warping board (pre-drilled holes on the back of the frame) - you can purchase the pegs for this purpose or make your own.
The Fiddle comes unfinished and partially assembled. You may finish the wood but it is not necessary. Assembly is easy (instructions included) and takes about 30 minutes. Click here to see the assembly directions in a PDF format.
Harp Ratchet/Pawl Upgrade
Heddles come in a variety of sizes (dent) to allow you to control the number of ends per inch in your project. The standard heddle with each Kromski loom is 10-dent. Also available are 8 and 12-dent heddles. As you expand your weaving interests you may want to have more than one heddle size. Click here to read about selecting the yarn size for your heddle.
Additionally, you may want to try using 2 heddles as the same time (2 heddles of the same dent size). This will allow you to approximate a 4-harness loom. The tie-up is a bit more involved and the process is not as easy as a true 4-harness loom, but for the occasional need, this is a nice option. Order an extra set of heddle blocks to support the extra heddle.
Please Note: The Kromskis have begun to change the design shape of the heddles for 16" and 24" looms. The arch is being replaced with a straight piece, as it has been with the 32" loom for years. Pictures shown here or elsewhere may not show the change; new product
pictures will be posted when available.
Warp Helper Set - Wooden Clamp and Rod
yarn for a rigid heddle loom
You might think that with a rigid heddle loom your weaving projects must be simple in design. After all, such a loom is inexpensive and lacks the "sophistication" of those big floor looms. Not so. There a several ways to add texture and visual appeal to works done on a rigid heddle loom. One is with the use of a pick-up stick.
Pick-up sticks are flat pieces of wood that are sized to work with your loom. Your Kromski Harp loom comes with one pick-up stick. One end is beveled to help you use it.
How is it used? The stick is used behind your heddle. One way to look at it is that with a pick-up stick you trick your loom into thinking it is something it is not; you temporarily change the way the warp interacts with the slots and holes on the heddle. The result is a stunning range of patterns.
With the heddle in the down shed position, pick up the slot threads (behind the heddle) using the beveled end of the pick-up stick. One pattern, for example, requires every other one of these slot threads to be picked up - over, under, over, under... Once the stick is completely inserted, bring it forward to the heddle and put it on edge. You can see how this imparts a different, temporary shed opening.
There are a number of books and videos that address the use of pick-up sticks. Some sample patterns are shown right. What ever you are weaving, give it a special look using your pick-up stick.
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