A Medium Tapestry Loom

One of Mirrix's three medium-sized looms will be the best fit for you. 

The 12" Little Guy Loom

The 12” Little Guy Loom can make a piece 9” x 24” and is our largest loom that we consider a “lap loom”. It is available both with and without the shedding device. You can learn more about it here: https://www.mirrixlooms.com/collections/looms/products/12-little-guy-loom 

The 16" Big Sister Loom

The 16” Big Sister Loom can make a piece 13” x 34”, comes with the shedding device and is portable, weighing only 6 lbs. You can learn more about the 16” Loom here: https://www.mirrixlooms.com/collections/looms/products/16-big-sister-loom

The 22" Zach Loom

From what you’ve said, it sounds like the 22” Zach Loom would be a good fit for you. It can make a piece 19” x 47” and comes standard with the shedding device. You can learn more about the 22” Loom here: https://www.mirrixlooms.com/collections/looms/products/22-zach-loom

What else might you want?

-Heddles. You only need these if you are using the shedding device. You can either purchase pre-made ones, or make your own. We have instructions on this page.

-Warp. Warp can come in a variety of different fibers including cotton, linen
or wool. Your warp is going to be under extreme tension and therefore has to be very strong. You should not be able to easily break it just using your hands. We love Bockens Seine Twine and Navajo Wool Warp.

-A Tapestry Beater. Tapestry beaters are available in wood, metal or a combination of the two. We sell two wooden versions. This weighted one is a great choice. You can also use a simple fork or pick up one of these neat weighted fork tapestry beaters.

-Weft. The most important quality in a tapestry yarn (which is the weft) is beauty. It doesn’t have to be warm or soft or have any of the yarn qualities you would want for making a sweater. It just has to be beautiful and available in whatever colors you want. If you were to spin your own tapestry yarn you would use the fleece from a sheep with long, lustrous locks. You would not use the fiber from something like a Merino Sheep which has short fuzzy fleece. Short fuzzy fleece is warm, but it does not usually make for pretty tapestry yarn.

Optional:
Tapestry bobbins
A tapestry needle (especially if you are not using the shedding device)

You’ll also want some basic supplies like a good pair of scissors and a measuring tape.

Accessories

The Electric Spencer Treadle
To make tapestry weaving even faster on a Mirrix Loom, you can add the treadle which allows you to change the shed with your feet, making the process faster. The electric treadle is our electrified version.

The Mirrix Sitting/Standing Loom Stand
Although the stand is not necessary to use with the treadle, combined the stand and treadle can turn your Mirrix Loom into a tapestry floor loom. And, of course, the Mirrix stand can just be used with a loom and no treadle.