The principle of weaving is simple: the intertwining of threads in opposite directions. Two distinct sets of threads, called the warp and the weft, are interlaced with each other to form a fabric. The warp threads run lengthwise in the piece of cloth and the weft threads run across from side to side. The loom is dressed with the warp threads passing through harnesses (two or more). The warp threads are moved up or down by the harnesses creating a space called the shed. A shuttle carries the weft through the shed. By lifting the warp threads in specific sequences you can create many possible weave structures.
Louët has a suitable loom for every weaver. The table looms Klik and Jane are small, so they are handy when you don’t have a lot of floor space in your house, or if you want to take your loom with you when traveling. David is a popular small floor loom that looks modest, but surpasses many large floor looms in functional quality. Spring and Delta have a parallel countermarch system for harness action and a moving breast beam to control the tension of the warp, which make them easy to use. Octado and Megado also have a moving breast beam and, just like the Magic Dobby, they can be equipped with a mechanical or electronic dobby which makes it easy to weave complicated patterns.
The Klik table loom has a weaving width of 40 cm (15 3/4”) and comes with four harnesses. You can add sets of four to a maximum of sixteen harnesses. A floor stand is available separately. Klik is very suitable for workshops, samples or teaching new weavers. The harnesses are raised separately by manually lifting the handles at the sides until the little springs click out, or should we say “klik” out? The harnesses fall back into place when the springs are pushed back in.
A swinging beater is attached with a U-shaped steel bracket to the frame, ensuring a parallel motion. Klik is made of lacquered beech and comes as a kit, complete with four harnesses, stainless steel reed 40- 10 (metric), 200 Texsolv heddles (205 mm), tie-up and lease sticks, two flat shuttles and sixteen warp sticks.
Dimensions (wxdxh) Klik: 58 x 78 x 21 cm (22 3/4” x 30 3/4” x 8 1/4”) Weight Klik: 7 kg at four harnesses (15.4 lb)
The table loom Jane is available in 40 cm (15 3/4”) and 70 cm (27 5/8”) weaving width and has standard eight harnesses. Jane can be folded down compactly. A floor stand is available separately. Jane has been designed after consultation with weavers, while using successful techniques from its predecessor, the Kombo. There is no cord wear, since cords run over rollers and the overhead beater stays out of the way when throwing the shuttle.
Jane is made of lacquered beech and has a builtin raddle. The loom is partly assembled and comes complete with a stainless steel reed 40-10 (metric), 200/400 Texsolv heddles (205 mm), tie-up and lease sticks and sixteen warp sticks. Dimensions (wxdxh) Jane 40: 57 x 75 x 65 cm (22 3/8” x 29 1/2” x 25 5/8”) Weight Jane 40: 8 kg (17.6 lb)
Dimensions (wxdxh) Jane 70: 87 x 75 x 65 cm (34 1/4” x 29 1/2” x 25 5/8”) Folded 14 cm (5 1/2”) high Weight Jane 70 - 12 kg (26.5 lb)
David 2 is a compact eight harness loom that looks modest, but in functional quality, it surpasses many large floor looms. It is available in 70 cm (27 5/8”) and 90 cm (35 3/8”) weaving width. Like a counter balance or a jack loom it has a singular tie-up. The shed however gives one the impression of a counter march. All harnesses that are not pulled down by a treadle, are lifted by an ingenious spring system. The spring system also results in easy treadling
David is made of lacquered beech and comes with the castle section assembled to ease the set up of the loom. David has a built-in raddle and shelf and included are a stainless steel reed 40-10 (metric), 800 Texsolv heddles (280 mm), tie-up and lease sticks and sixteen warp sticks. Dimensions (wxdxh) David 70: 87 x 85 x 127 cm (34 1/4” x 33 1/2” x 50”) Weight David 70: 30 kg (66 lb)
David is made of lacquered beech and comes with the castle section assembled to ease the set up of the loom. David has a built-in raddle and shelf and included are a stainless steel reed 40-10 (metric), 800 Texsolv heddles (280 mm), tie-up and lease sticks and sixteen warp sticks. Dimensions (wxdxh) David 90: 107 x 85 x 127 cm (42” x 33 1/2” x 50”) Weight David 90: 35 kg (77 lb)