Louët Erica 4 Shaft Table Loom
The Erica is the compact table loom from Louët, providing a great entry level loom to multi-shaft weaving at a price that compares with a good quality rigid heddle loom.
The Erica is available in a 30 cm (11 ¾“) or 50cm (20") weaving width and is an attractive alternative to a rigid heddle loom: easy to operate, with a more even warp tension and a large shed of 4.5 cm (1 ¾”) plus you will have flexibility in the number of threads per cm.
The loom is made of unlacquered beech and laminated birch. It is supplied complete with built-in raddle, stainless steel reed (40/10 - 10dpi), 200 Texsolv heddles, stainless steel lease- and tie-up sticks and warp strips. The loom is also designed to conveniently fold for storage or transport. Please note that all Ericas are supplied with 200 150mm heddles as standard - if you require more heddles for the 4 shaft or 50cm versions then these can be ordered here.
Please note that the Erica is supplied as a flat-pack kit which requires assembly, with full instructions included.
By supplying as a flat-pack and with a natural unlacquered finish, this is one of the main reasons that Louet have been able to keep the cost low for a multi-shaft loom. As the wood used is unfinished you may need to sand back to remove rough edges and splinters and then wax or lacquer to finish if you wish. At Weft Blown we think that it is a fairly straightforward build but would advise that you set aside around half a day to complete the construction and possibly a bit longer if you are less confident at assembling from a kit. We are always here to help too if you have any questions when you are building your loom.
At Weft Blown we have also put together a Table Loom Accessory Pack of useful weaving tools that will help those new to table loom weaving have everything they need to get going with their loom.
If you are new to multi-shaft weaving we would recommend investing in a good instructional book.
Basic instructions for warping and weaving on the Erica can also be found here.