A. FAQ 1 – What are all the loom parts called?

Here is what I have decided to call the loom parts. There are different names for the parts in different books and different places in South America tend to have their own regional names. I am providing this labeled picture just to have some consistency throughout my blog so that we can discuss the loom and its parts and know exactly what we mean.

Another angle….

In a simpler form with heddles, shed rod, stabilizer rod and beater..


  1. Hi can you please tell me what the purpose of the Shed Rod and Stabilizing Rod are? Do they make any movements through out the project? If so how does one go about achieving it? thanks

    • The shed rod separates the two sets if threads. One set of threads is controlled by the string heddles…you raise the heddles to open the shed. The other set of threads is permanently raised by the shed rod. There are many ways of setting up a basic backstrap loom. I like to use the stabilizing rod on narrow warps to stop the shed rod from moving around each time I open that shed. I also grab both those rods and roll them away as an aid to opening the heddle shed and so very often use the stablizing rod on wide warps too for that purpose. For me it is the most efficient way to help raise the heddles. Other weavers don’t use a stabilizing rod but, rather, use their sword as a second rod behind the shed rod when it comes time to open the heddles. You can see a video of a weaver doing just that in my latest blog post…One Warp, Many Lessons. Both the shed rod and stabilizing rod will move up the warp as the weaving advances. I disconnect them and slowly slide each rod up the warp, then reconnect them.

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