scitchet said: Have you looked into making a cardboard (or sometimes called a shoe box) loom? They are cheap. Not sure about durable.
Thanks for the idea! I’ve actually been messing with a homemade kid-style loom I made from a bit of packing crate pallet, but it’s been making me frustrated & very aware of the limitations, mostly - the dimensions are a bit small, and I can’t control the tension and the beat(?) as well as I want to make the diversity of things I want (lofty scarf, sturdy but thin kitchen cloth, etc.)
So I’m thinking that if I got a small loom now, it would be small, and useful, and I could make a move towards that little dream of a home mostly hand-furnished by making kitchen towels on it even though being settled enough for a big loom is a few years away, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL, I could make a packet of hand-loomed linen kitchen towels for my brother, who is a scientist, who is setting up a real household for the first time really, and who deserves durable handmade closewoven tea-towels to use during all those vital bread-baking stages where you have to let the dough rise under a cover, and who above all of that is probably the best combination of traits of anyone I give handmade things to as gifts on anything like a regular basis, as he seems to value the work while still putting things to Everyday Use.
I really do have this big complicated notion that it would be very good to have a room in your home where all of the soft furnishings are handmade, and that this would be manageable, and that delicate-durable design aesthetic could then potentially spread from that room to others until everything had that beatufiul personal wabi-sabi quality in it. I don’t know if that justifies a loom, though.