The rigid heddle loom is compact and gives you the satisfaction of being able to weave beautiful scarves, mats, belts, dish towels, tapestries, and more. They are a great way to work up your yarn stash.

Selecting a rigid heddle loom is really a personal preference–just like buying a car.  Some looms allow for easier weaving and warping.

There is a wide price range in rigid heddle looms.  They come in sizes from 10” wide to 48”wide.  Narrower looms are great for transporting. The widest loom I currently use is 26” wide.  The wider the loom the harder it is for me to comfortably reach the edges to throw the shuttle.  So, keep in mind your own personal reach.

My personal preference for rigid heddle looms are Schacht and Ashford.  And, the main difference (besides price) in those two brands is that Schacht rigid heddle looms have a back beam just like floor looms.

A back beam keeps the warp level from the back of the loom to the front of the loom.  With the Ashford looms, the warp runs directly from the warp beam to the cloth beam. This creates an angle on the warp. The warp is higher at the back at the start of your weaving.  As you weave, it levels off as the weaving builds up on the cloth beam. Then, as the cloth beam fills, your angle is reversed and your warp is angled higher in the front than the back.  I have always felt that this messed with my weaving.

The following pictures have the parts labeled.  Notice that the Ashford Loom only has the roller beams for the warp and the woven fabric or cloth.  The picture of the Schacht Cricket loom shows the heddle in the up position.


Ashford RH Parts Labeled



Cricket rigid heddle loom parts labeled


There is a price difference in the looms with the Schacht looms being pricier.  Schacht looms (except for the Cricket looms) are nicely finished and are foldable.  The Ashford looms (except for the Knitter’s Looms) are unfinished. The Knitters Loom is foldable, lacquered, and assembled. Both companies have a wide range of looms and an assortment of reeds and stands for each style.

Ashford Rigid Heddle Looms

  • SampleIt Looms in two widths:  10” & 16”. ($146-$180).  The 16” SampleIt has double heddle holders.

Sampleit Rigid Heddle Loom 16"

  • Knitters Loom in three widths:  12”, 20”, & 28”. ($280-$333)

Knitters Loom

  • Rigid Heddle Tabby Looms in four widths:  16”, 24”, 32”, & 48”. ($196-$399)

Ashford Rigid Heddle 24" Tabby

Schacht Rigid Heddle Looms

  • Cricket looms in two widths:  10” & 15” unfinished and very portable ($180-$199)

Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom 15"

  • Flip the finished foldable looms in four widths:  15”, 20”, 25”, and 30″ ($290-$389).  Double heddle capability.

flip rigid heddle 20"



Learn the key differences between Ashford and Schacht Rigid Heddle Looms.