Miscellaneous Tapestry Equipment And Materials


Awls.
Used by tapestry weavers for moving warp threads, and other processes that require a strong but pointed object. These
come with cork protection. After you get it, rub the point a bit on cement or a brick to make it less sharp so that it won’t
penetrate your warp or weft threads. US$6.00 each plus shipping. (no wholesale)

Kathe’s Special Beater.
(Sorry, no photo available .) Kathe has found a great beater for tapestry: a fork with weighted washers! She is having these
manufactured locally. Let us know the warp sett you require so we can better fit the beater to your needs. Cost: US funds $6.00 plus s/h. (no
wholesale at this
time.)


Loom Easel.

This is a wonderful way to hold smaller tapestry looms while you sit
comfortably at a table. Perfect for pipe looms.
Folds up for traveling and has a drawer to hold your tapestry tools and
yarns. Cost: US funds $90 plus s/h (no wholesale at
this time)

Grattoir.
Grattoirs are the French version of the comb used to push the weft into
position for tapestry. A Grattoir will place the weft with enough slack
(bubble) that it will easily cover the warp. It is used in conjunction
with the beater, not to replace it. We have found a talented machinist
to make these Grattoirs for us out of stainless steel. We have them
available in two sizes, three tooth spacings and two surface finishes.
Kathe has found that she likes the feel of the textured finish. Each
size and tooth can be ordered in either finish, but you must allow
extra time for the manufacturing.
Small Grattoir
is 3mm (1 3/16th inch) across at its widest
point. It tapers for ease of holding. Length is 7.5 mm (2 15/16th
inch).

Fine Tooth = 10 spaces in 3 mm (10 spaces in 1 3/16th inch)
(textured stainless steel)

Medium Tooth= 5 spaces in 3 mm (5 spaces in 1 3/16th inch)
(polished stainless steel)
Large Grattoir
is 5.5 mm (2 3/16th inch) across at its
widest point. It tapers for ease of holding. Length is 7.5 mm (2
15/16th inch).

Large Tooth =
5 spaces in 5.5 mm (5 spaces in 2 3/16th
inch). Small $20 retail plus
shipping and handling Large $40 retail

plus shipping and handling. No wholesale at this time.

Bobbin
Chart

Here is a comparison of the various
bobbins we sell, 1/9/2011. Notice the ruler along the left
side to help you figure out the size of the bobbins.

New Bobbins:
We have two
new bobbins. The “Fairy” is a lighter weight, small bobbin
(approx. 3.75 inches long) with a large bulb. This makes the
bobbin easier to hold for people with arthritic hands. The “Petite” is
a small bobbin, similar to the Swedish-style bobbin, but smaller, about
3.5 inches. They are great for adults with small hands or
children.
See photos of these
bobbins above compared to the other bobbins above. Retail: $6
each plus shipping and handling.
Wholesale: $4.00
each for 20 or more plus s/h.

Picklet
Bobbin.
Combination awl and bobbin designed by Kathe
Todd-Hooker. Many people find it a handy tool to use as a non
breakable pick. Made of hand tooled aluminum, with a drilled hole so it
can hang from the loom with a cord. Two sizes available: 3.5
inches long and 4.5 inches long. US $12 each plus shipping.
(no wholesale)

Left: Long and short
picklets shown beside one of our locally made Swedish-style
bobbins.

Locally
Made (Swedish style) Bobbins
. Wooden tapestry
bobbins from a woodworker in Oregon. These are well-made and
will not break easily like the ones we were carrying from
Sweden.
Kathe has found that these bobbins are
easier to get through small sheds and work wonderfully for both small
and large format work.
Retail: $6 each plus
shipping and handling.
Wholesale: $4.00
each for 20 or more plus s/h.

Left: Swedish-style bobbins.

Left:
American made Brassy Bobs.

American-made Brassy Bobs. Wooden
bobbins with brass on the tips so they can be used as awls as well as
bobbins.
Made of Southeast Dogwood. Two sizes: Five inch (US $17) and
seven inch (US $18). Plus shipping/handling. (no wholesale)


Left: Aubusson style Bobbins.

Aubusson
style Bobbins (Bones).
These American made bobbins
are used by people weaving tapestry on horizontal warps.

Retail: $6 each plus
shipping and handling.
Wholesale: $4.00
each for 20 or more plus s/h.

Left:
English style Tapestry Bobbins.

English
style tapestry bobbins
. These bobbins are based on
the ones favored by tapestry weavers in the UK.

Medium bobbin = 5.25 inches long, thread shank is 2.125 inches long.

Large bobbin = 6.50 inches long, thread shank is 2.75 inches
long.
Medium bobbins:
Price retail $6.00 each Wholesale: $4.00
each for 20 or more plus s/h.

Large bobbins: Price retail $7.00 each Wholesale: $5.00 each
for 20 or more plus s/h.


Left:
Japanese-Style Shuttles.

Japanese-style
Shuttles.
These
shuttles are fashioned after some that a friend of Kathe’s had gotten
in Japan. They work well to hold thread for people who have
difficulty holding tapestry bobbins, or just because some folks would
rather have their threads on a shuttle than on a bobbin. As
of 1/9/2011, these bobbins are made from a stronger, laminated
wood. The smaller shuttle is 3.5 inches long and the larger
one is 6 inches long. Retail: The shuttles are $5 and $7
respectively plus s/h. No wholesale at this time.

Tapestry
Grid Tablets

30 pages, 15 large and 15 small sett grid; place for notes on the back
side. Great for diagramming weft faced plain weave patterns, figuring
out hachures and hatches, etc. Teachers, these are a good tool for
teaching pick and pick and other weft faced patterning. Cost: US funds
$8.00 (Shipping and Handling:$3.67 inside USA and Canada, $8.50 outside
North America) Wholesale: Purchase more than 19, unit price
is $5.00.

Left:
Thread Snips

Special
Thread Snips
These snips have 1.25 inch blades and fit snuggly in the hand
for greater control when cutting threads near a tapestry.
They are very sharp, but because they handle so well you have less
danger of cutting a warp or some vital part of the textile. The
internal spring opens them once you cut. Works just like a small pair
of spring-loaded scissors. All steel. Cost: US
funds $7.00 (Shipping and Handling:$3.67 inside USA and Canada, $8.50
outside North America) (no wholesale)


About Us

Providing books and supplies for Tapestry Weaving and related fiber arts since 1999. Your source for tapestry and related supplies. Sign-up for classes in tapestry, feltmaking and related fiber arts taught by Kathe Todd-Hooker and invited teachers. Wholesale prices available for vendors and bulk orders

 

Our Services

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(541) 917-3251

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