What this cool addition does to your ashford rigid heddle loom is it extends the Cloth beam/roller down so that you can now wind on more than the normal 3-5 yard max … I beamed on 12 yards to weave ! YES on a rigid heddle loom and that means bulky yarns too have room on the cloth beams!
Because Ashford has a 2.5 ends per inch heddle large bulky yarns can go though the warp,
go here to buy the ashford rigid heddle loom ashford rigid heddel loom
to purchase the the freedom roller go here
1) As the cloth beam fills sitting with your legs bent normally feet flat on the floor in your chair means you will not be able to fit under it quite soon ( with legs bent) after a the freedom roller starts to fill unless you straighten out your legs ( like a ski slope).If you lower your chair or raise your table you risk stressing your shoulders and neck and arms from odd angles. I prefer my Saori floor looms to weave on with zero pain for 8 hours or more but with ridged heddle looms only using my upper body and no treadles, I get shoulder pain so I stand up when I weave on any rigid heddle loom lifting the heddles straight up and down bending from my waist. I mention all of this in an extensive review I wrote on Ravelry read my review HERE
2) Ashford makes a wonderful stand for there classic rigid heddle loom with 2 side shelves for shuttles etc. HOWEVER YOU CAN NOT USE THE FREEDOM ROLLER WITH THE ASHFORD STAND . Ashford states this. The loom needs to be clamped on a table.
3) The freedom roller will reach the USA for sale in May 2016. contact your ashford dealers to purchase.
It will fit only the Ashford non folding classic rigid heddle loom in these sizes ….16", 24", 32" ( they are not made for the 48" looms) they will NOT fit the Ashford sample it or the Ashford knitters loom.
Look at all that cloth in one piece of of a rigid heddle loom! Amazing
Ok finished weaving you can see the cloth hitting the top of the table by the arrow ! A whopping 9 yards of cloth on a rigid heddle loom and that is NOT including the fringes!!! If it was a thiner warp you could probably double that amount! Just think you would of have had to have warped and threaded your rigid heddle loom many times to have achieved this much yardage and not have had it one piece.
I had so much fun weaving this piece using my hand spun art yarns But my body did miss the easy treading and comfort of my Saori floor loom .
For my art yarns the Ashford rh loom with the freedom roller sure worked fantasticly and very well it held the tension with it's clicker pawls and it is reasonably priced !
TO READ ABOUT THE JACKET I SEWED FROM THIS FABRIC GO HERE
Just off my sewing machine ! 3 new LOOM BAGS see my loom bags up in my Etsy shop here
Peaceful weaving in the redwoods
Jill Nickolene Sanders
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