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Weaving on the 24 Shaft Toika

I LOVE my new Toika loom. The ‘lack of’ pedal action is amazing. Here is a video of me weaving a few picks on my bamboo shawl. It’s already off the loom and being finished.

The only mistake I made due to lack of restraint is that I washed my shawl before finishing off the fringe. Yikes! I do know better but the excitement of seeing my weave complete was too much. Now I’m stuck with many nights of untangling the finges so I can braid them. Utterly foolish I know. But I’m very happy with the 2/52s bamboo  sett at 80epi. It is a substantial fabric in its manner but very drapey and soft. Rather like the bamboo itself – deceptively strong yet elegant.

Added at 12:39pm 20 February: Yes! the loom is computerised so it only has one electric pedal for all shaft selections determined by the design I’m using in the software. It is a countermarche style so there is a lift and drop to obtain the shedding.

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  1. Sue #

    Wow – your subject line totally got my attention!! (I recently purchased a 12 shaft Toika that I’ve almost got put back together.)

    I’m glad you love it!!!

    Is your loom computerized??

    Have fun!!


    February 20, 2009
  2. It looks amazing and I still haven’t come to terms with the concept of 80epi yet. Happy untangling!

    February 20, 2009
  3. I love when you share videos:) Looks like your new loom has fantastic action:)

    February 20, 2009
  4. Thanks for the update! The Toika is on my “when I win the lottery” list, so a first-hand report is useful 🙂

    February 20, 2009
  5. Sue #

    Sometime, if you have time, it would be fantastic if you’d put more about how they computerize Toika’s on your blog. Info about what the various boxes that attach to the loom are….and just a little more info than is currently available online.

    I know my loom can be computerized, and my nearest dealer is a 2.5 hour drive from here – so I’m trying to just understand some basics. I will definitely visit their shop next time I’m headed in that direction….but would love to understand more before I see it in person.

    If you’re not into posting that sort of thing, I totally understand….but I love Toika looms and I wish there was more info about them in English online! (As opposed to when I search for Glimakra and find tons of detailed info.)

    Enjoy your loom!!! I love the video of you weaving with it!!


    February 20, 2009
  6. Ohhhh, the absence of an air compressor. Positively civilized, Kaz. I cannot wait to see here what comes off of this loom.

    February 23, 2009

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