Friday, 5 October 2018

Cluny looms

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My 2015 Cluny tatting series had links to many different types of Cluny looms. I have since come across a couple more that are listed here. ( I'm too scared of updating my post for fear it may jump from 2015 to 2018! Blogger as already messed up the September postings!) But this post is the result of what Jean Gordon sent me recently.

Shoebox Lid cut into a Cluny loom by Jean Gordon
Based on my Cluny tatting pictorials, Jean started learning on a card loom. However the card loom didn’t work for her when it came time to close the tally. Weaving went fine, but she had difficulty with the shed and removing the top loop from the loom. So she came up with the idea of a shoe box lid. Box looms are common and many have made them at home. What I like particularly about Jean’s loom is that
  1. it is shallow, not deep and bulky like the shoe box, making storage a non-issue; and
  2. she cut slits into the lid which acts as a built-in shed – no knobs or pins, and so on! 
Jean's Cluny tatting on a card loom
Notice how the slits are in the same place in both the flat card loom & the lid loom?

Handy Hands' Ultimate Cluny Loom
(image from pinterest)
I also came across the Ultimate Cluny Loom from Handy Hands. The name is justified because the loom can be worked by right and left handers by simply flipping it. Markings on both surfaces are easy to follow. Tamie has uploaded a video here about this product for Georgia’s Advanced Online Tatting Class.

Last but not least is Tim Kaylor’s 3D printed loom – his own original design! He was kind enough to offer to send me one when he first made them.

Meanwhile I’m getting ready to post the next pictorial showing 3-coloured Cluny leaves. And I need to start on that butterfly pattern – converting it into Cluny wings! Tons of tatting and blogging looming ahead :-D


  1. I usually use my fingers. Completely portable and there's no need for storage. :D There is a difference in my Cluny tallies depending on whether I use my fingers or whether I use a loom. One way they're short and fat, the other way they're long and thin. :) Since I carry tatting with me all the time, using my fingers makes it easier - nothing extra to carry if the 'current' pattern uses Cluny tallies.

  2. Yea me too I use fingers and posted a video on a slightly different way to weave that is easier on my hands, but I can see where you may need to start with a board I did do this.

  3. Stephanie, I can see you wiggling your fingers at me - "where I go, my fingers go" ;-P Best possible tool!

    But there are tatters who cannot use their fingers for various reasons. Which is why I like to share the many options available. We never know which one may work for the individual.
    In my list of looms, there are links to the hand/finger loom as well, not merely artificial looms.

    Have a great weekend, Steph, Jane & Carollyn :-)))

    1. I don't know where I've seen it, but SOMEWHERE out there online is a picture of someone using the arm of an upholstered chair as a loom. Her threads are pinned to the chair arm, and she's holding the Cluny tally with her left hand and weaving with the shuttle in her right hand. Wish I knew where to find it. You'd love to have that one on your list, too, I'm sure. :)

    2. I seem to recall it too, Stephanie! Perhaps it is already there in my list? If not, here I go hunting ;-P