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    Loom for DIY Self Tie Garters?

    I'd like to DIY some self-tie garters, and my assumption is that one would need a long, thing loom of sorts to do this. I was hoping maybe I could find something inexpensive that's suitable to the task. Also, what might be the right thread material and kilt colors?

    Sorry, I'm absolutely dumb as a brick, but this seems like a really chill project I could enjoy.

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    Last edited by Bruce Scott; 25th March 18 at 06:51 PM.

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    What you are looking for is called an Inkle Loom.



    There is another style called a band loom.



    They both do the same sort of thing. Produce long strips of woven fabric.



    You can also knit garters. The ones offered by House of Cheviot are knit.

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    Traditional garters, sometimes referred to as Claddich Garters from the place on Loch Awe that is siad to have made them. They were plain weave and would have been made on an Inkle Loom or something similar. This pair is late 18th/early 19th century.

    Claddach Garters 01.jpg

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    Thanks gents!

    Inkle loom, I knew such a thing had to exist, I thought I was going to wind up with a heddle loom for a bit there. Looks like I'll be saving up a bit to get one, but not quite so much as a heddle. You guys, as usual, are wonderful. Thanks for putting up with my ignorance!

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    Don’t know how handy you are but lots of plans online to make it yourself
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Disc...an-Inkle-Loom/
    this is one for example and there’s lots more. I made this from some scrap wood, bought a long dowel and a bit of hardware cost next to nothing.

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    I lack the tools or I'd well consider it. With my hand-drill I'm apt to get naught but skewed holes and disarrayed dowels.

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    An inkle loom is not really something that was found in the "Anglo" world back in the day. It will work, but its like doing the Sword dance with a couple Katanas.......

    A tape loom or Box loom would be much more appropriate.

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    From Mary Atwater's book "Byways in Handweaving"

    "Scotland was a center of inkle manufacture. In 1845 a Scottish publication claimed that “Glasgow was the first place in Britain where inkle wares were manufactured.” And the same publication noted that, “In 1732 Mr. Harvey brought away from Haerlem two inkle-looms.”

    It seems the word 'Inkle' refers to a type of tape or perhaps even a particular pattern woven into a tape.

    My Inkle loom is set up with punched playing cards. These open a shed to produce patterns easily and quickly.

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