Assembling the Kromski Harp Forte and Stand

Kromski sucks. With what other company can you spend five hundred dollars on a product and get

  1. NO instructions!!!!!! (for the loom)
  2. CRAP instructions!! (for the stand)
  3. No parts inventory, no part function explanation.
  4. Critical parts drilled wrong (I’m following up with TheSpinnery, the Etsy seller I purchased from, to get new parts or just return the loom).
  5. It took me a FULL DAY to assemble the loom and stand. I redid multiple steps multiple times. Today was like the curse of Kromski for me. Because of this, the joy of weaving is dying. DYING.

VERDICT:

  1. The 24 in Kromski is huge. I should have gotten the 16 inch, if I got one at all. The one in the videos by Kromski for the “how to assemble” as well as the ones in the instruction manual are 16 inch. Seeing the product in front of me, 24 inch is too large, 16 inch is good enough for clothing, scarves, shawls, and would also be portable if you’re into that.
  2. The Cricket or SampleIt would have been easier to warp and SO MUCH MORE FUN to use. The panels would have to be sewn together if you want to make fabric with that, though. BUT those can be used in your lap while watching television.  Great for those of us who don’t want to sit in the corner by ourselves and weave, and want to use it to be a bit social and still get stuff done.
  3. Based on my personal experience, I do not recommend Kromski. The loom is rickety and poorly made, not attractive, and really a big ugly eyesore that will sit in your home forever and ever taking up space. A LOT of space. It is NOT feasible to fold the weaving away or store it in a corner when not in use. When people say the loom is portable, DO NOT expect that functionality. Also, the stand is so sucky that it does not adjust the way it is supposed to, and nothing tightens – the feet still move around. It’s just not STABLE.
  4. Sorry to offend any Kromski fans. This is just one opinion from a very VERY frustrated person who has spent ALL !??! DAY assembling one loom and stand.
  5. If you have to give up knitting and crochet because of joint pain, weaving might not be for you. The motion (especially for the large 24 inch loom I purchased) to move the shuttle back and forth is painful for the arms (I’ve had surgery on my shoulder). I couldn’t imagine using this for a longer period of time. Take a class or something before you just jump in and buy a loom like I did. Learn from my mistake.
  6. Again, this is just a review based on my opinion and personal circumstances. YMMV.
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Welcome Home, Krominski Harp 24″

Found a great holiday sale on etsy, and bought the Krominski Harp 24 inch with stand.

It’s more of a commitment than I initially wanted, but for my purposes (no travel, making pieces that can be turned into garments), it works 🙂

Bought a book (Japanese, of course) on making dresses, skirts and blouses from pieces make from a loom that size. Also looked at the lovely inspiration from fellow Ravelers and they seemed to be using a loom 24 in or larger if they didn’t want a floor loom.

And, since I’m a size large person, two panels made on the 24 in loom (or just a really long panel, I guess..) would be perfect for a garment in my size.

Looking forward to building my loom and starting work on it!

Loom Hunt Continues

Okay, after hours and hours of research, I’ve come to the following conclusion:

  1. No 10 inch or under looms.
  2. No unfinished looms.

Why? When you weave, the material will pull in and also shrink. So your 10 inch fabric might just end up six inches wide at the end of all that hard work. Such a waste.

Also, the unfinished loom is made of cheap plywood, and is of poor long term quality.

We knitters know how important quality tools are. Don’t be seduced by cheap prices for a dud!

So now I’m thinking of the Kromski Harp.

I’m torn between the 16 inch and the 24 inch. Neither will sit on your lap, and will require resting the back legs on a table. But it is finished, high quality wood, and comes with a warping board. It is also portable — it folds!

See Kromski Harp vs. Schacht Heddle Review for info.

Great guide to rigid heddle looms.

Okay, for sure – don’t want a 10 inch or under, but don’t want a 30 inch or over also.

That leaves the 16 inch and the 24 inch.

Since I want to make garments out of my woven fabric, I think the 24 inch might be the best option for me.

People who recommend the 16 inch take the loom on car trips and airline trips, neither of which I will be doing. I basically want to do the equivalent of knitting, but on a loom, at home, while watching television. Really basic, I know.

Ooh, reading online reviews, the unfinished looms require quite a bit of sanding to work properly. And then staining (which I don’t really know how to do..). Why bother? Get something that works right out of the box.

Maybe the 16 inch.. the 24 is so wide, I will need to get a stand. I think the 16 in would work more easily without a stand. But then again, for garments, a 24 in might be best.. IDK.. !

From an Amazon review:

“In the short time I have been weaving and using all these looms, I’ve come to the conclusion that a 24″ loom is great IF you won’t be moving it very frequently. Also, you will probably have to buy a stand, make a stand, or use a card table (and adjustable chair) to support it. It is a good size in that situation. However, I have hauled both my LeClerc 24″ and folding Ashford 24″ looms to class, and it ends up that we students all have to use dolleys to pull our looms on. Major pain in the butt. Plus we were told that folding with a warped and partially finished project is risky, as the original tension may not be recovered. So I would definitely advise against a 24″ loom if you expect to be folding it and carrying it around.

I never thought I would appreciate a smaller loom, but the time saved warping, the cheaper accessories, and the convenience of carrying are all positives I have discovered.

Bottom line: if you want to weave large items and not sew (piece) something together, go with the 24″. If, however, you prefer to do smaller sections and like experimenting and/or having a more portable loom, go with the 16″.”

Cons of the Kromski Harp Forte 16 inch – terrible assembly instructions, and no beginner weaving instructions.

Hmmm? Advice?

 

Weaving

All right. So I came to sewing from a knitting background, and now I want to play with fabrics. With yarn, though. So.. weaving.

I am considering purchasing an Ashford Sampleit 10 inch loom. It is supposed to be a good strong sturdy and portable beginner loom, and has great reviews, and also — it is only $150!!  (Check out loom prices, and you’ll see why I think $150 is a bargain! ^^)

I’m also told that weaving is a great stash buster, and I have a bunch of gorgeous yarn that I’d like to use up 🙂

Loom info: https://www.ashford.co.nz/sampleit-loom

Manufacturer Spiel:

We wanted to make a loom that is inexpensive, compact and cute without sacrificing function. This is a loom for new and experienced weavers. The perfect classroom loom. Whether you are learning to weave for the first time, want to learn new techniques or sample your wonderful yarns, this loom is fun and easy to use. Just add yarn!
This is the perfect gift for a new weaver. Anybody can weave on this wonderful little loom.

The 25cm (10ins) weaving width allows you to sample all your favourite rigid heddle patterns, textures and colours. Weave scarves, fabric and more. So compact, it is only 1.4 kg (3lbs).

The loom is made from beautiful solid natural Silver Beech timber and has strong handles, ratchets and clicker pawls so your warp never unwinds unintentionally. Built-in second heddle option.

Also available are 2.5, 5, 10, 12.5 and 15 dpi (10, 20, 40, 50 and 60/10cm) reeds so you can weave fine to textured yarns.

weaving width 25cm (10″)
weight 1.4 kg (3lb)
assembly required
included accessories 7.5dpi (30/10cm) reed, step by step instruction booklet,
2x26cm (10″) shuttles, threading hook, warping peg and clamp.
finish natural
dimensions Assembled 330mm wide x 470mm long x 135mm high

 

Catalogue: https://www.ashford.co.nz/images/download_pdfs/brochure/ashford_brochure_english.pdf

Solo Warping Instructions:  https://www.ashford.co.nz/images/download_pdfs/brochure/ashford_brochure_english.pdf