The Loom Exchange
Weaving & Spinning Equipment & Textile Books Bought & Sold UPDATED: Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 09:30

Floor Looms

Dobby looms, Jacquard looms and tapestry looms follow in separate sections


Having trouble setting up your loom?  In a muddle with warping?

It can be so frustrating when all you want to do is start not call in the Loom Wizard?  I will travel to you to help you to sort out any problems you are experiencing with your loom.  With over 25 years of experience with all types of hand looms (excluding dobby looms) I have set up and fine tuned numerous looms.  I can also help with warping and tie-ups.  

I am prepared to travel within a radius of 50 miles of Midhurst, West Sussex.

"Having had over 2 weeks of frustration with my counterbalance loom, I contacted Hilary in,
 despair, she quickly came to the rescue, spotted the problems, retied the heddles & treadles
 so that I am happily  weaving again- marvellous!"   Janice

"Hilary came to my rescue when I had borrowed a small Lillstina Floor Loom that was in need of some restoration.  With great anticipation of weaving again after 25 years I suddenly felt completely helpless and frustrated having no idea where to begin or who to ask for help.  Hilary arrived, repair kit in hand and tackled the problem with enthusiasm and know how. She reconstructed the parts that weren’t functioning leaving me all set up ready to start; I have been happily weaving rugs since.  The Loom is now in a very good state, which makes warping up much simpler. Thank you very much Hilary."  Daphne


£20 per hour (includes travelling time) plus 40p per mile

Contact: Hilary Charlesworth
Tel: 01730 817191
Advertised Since: Sunday 14 April 2013


I'm Looking for a dobby loom, either computer or mechanical (preferably AVL) 16 shafts or more and needs to be wider than 32 inches weaving width 
Will travel to collect

Contact: Kirsty Riley
Tel: 07399 413 311
Advertised Since: Wednesday 07 June 2017


WANTED looking to purchase an AVL loom either compudobby or manual dobby (maybe  another brand computer dobby loom) looking for 16 plus shafts in working order. Weaving width must be at least 30 inches but more is fine. I am based in UK and happy to travel to collect. Please contact me if you are looking to sell your loom.


Contact: Sian Walker
Tel: 07825 768 823
Advertised Since: Monday 22 May 2017


I have some floor loom parts to give away... front and back beams etc.  Collection from West Sussex.  For more details, please telephone.


Contact: Jo Smith
Tel: 01243 543 778
Advertised Since: Friday 09 October 2015


I'm looking for Hattersley Domestic Looms mark 1 or mark 2 and / or Lancashire 2/2 heritage looms and / or a Dob Cross -  working preferred (particularly with the Dob Cross)  but happy to restore if you have one in bits. I would also like to buy pirn winders that go alongside and if anyone has a warping mill that would be brilliant. We are building a community woollen mill for cloth production and would prefer heritage kit.

Happy to pay cash and will collect from any where in the UK / Ireland

Contact: Mark (Mill Partnership)
Tel: 07936 679 809
Advertised Since: Wednesday 14 September 2016

WANTED: Hattersley Domestic Treadle Loom (MK1 or MK2) or other treadle loom

Wanted: Hattersley Domestic Treadle Loom (MK1 or MK2) or other treadle loom in order to start a small weaving studio. Ideally in complete working condition, but all looms or parts of looms considered. Happy to collect from all parts of UK or Ireland and possibly even arrange shipping of looms abroad.  

Tel: 07706 067 569
Advertised Since: Sunday 20 September 2015

1. Glimakra Upright Rug/Tapestry Loom

Gilmakra upright rug/tapestry loom,  2 shafts, 160 cm wide

In very good condition

Best reasonable price considered

Collect from Northern Ireland



Best reasonable price considered

Contact: Tina Enlander
Tel: 02893 372 724 (evenings)
Advertised Since: Saturday 15 October 2016

2. Four Shaft Counterbalance Floor Loom

Mahogany Counterbalance floor loom for sale.  It has four shafts and six pedals.  In need of a bit of TLC, needs new canvases at each end of weaving work, otherwise it is still a very strong and robust loom.  Weaving width: 3'8", length: 4'.  Buyer collects from Bampton, Devon.

£400 ono

Contact: Margie Benson
Tel: 01398 332 139
Advertised Since: Wednesday 30 November 2016

3. Four Shaft Counterbalance Floor Loom

Aprox 3ft wide, its an old loom with all parts included (three reeds included and associated weaving books)

Collection only from Peterborough.


Contact: Kate Gardner
Tel: 07815 716 684
Advertised Since: Tuesday 24 May 2016

4. Four Shaft Floor Loom

A four shaft floor loom.  It is in good working order and has a new reed (weaving width approx 35").  The footprint is approx 40" 55" and is 58" high.  The complete package includes an adjustable height loom bench in Canadian maple.  Collection only from St. Andrews, Scotland.

£600 ono

Contact: Alice Bullough
Tel: 01334 478802
Advertised Since: Wednesday 01 March 2017

5. Berga Savonia Countermarch Loom - Reduced Price


This Finnish, Berga Savonia, countermarch loom measures 165cm front to back and 150cms in width, with a weaving width of 101cm. It has 4 shafts and 8 pedals, and a No 8 reed. The main body of the loom is 170cm high.

I have however adapted the loom, for rug weaving, according to the design of Peter Collingwood. I attached two verticals to the back of the loom, to a height of 230 cm. Between these verticals is a moveable bar held in place by pins placed in the verticals.

To warp this loom, a linen warp is wound onto the back beam using the sectional warping method. The ‘movable bar’ is then lifted up to the top of the verticals bars so the warp now comes off the back beam, vertically up to the movable bar and back down to the weaving level where it goes horizontally to the front beam as normal. As weaving proceeds, the moveable bar can easily be moved down the verticals in short stages providing a few more inches of warp to weave until the rug is complete. This method retains even tension throughout the weaving process. It sounds complicated but once it’s set up is remarkably straightforward to operate. The maximum length of rug as currently set up is about 230 cm. It would also be an easy job to remove this adaptation (the verticals are simply screwed to the main frame of the loom) and revert to a more normal, cloth weaving loom.

Also included with the loom is:

A sturdy adjustable seat/bench, 90 cm long. 8 bars and sufficient heddles to add another 4 shafts. 7 additional reeds, gauges: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 of various lengths. About 4kgs top quality linen warp thread wound onto usable medium sized cones. A quantity of rug wool in various colours. A rather crude, but functional, box to hold cones of warp thread to facilitate sectional warping and winding yarn onto shuttles.

Buyer collects (quite a large vehicle required). I can email more photos to potential purchasers, if that would be helpful. It is, however quite difficult to take good photographs as the room it is in is not very large.

Current location of the loom: Ealing, London W7.






Contact: William Hepper
Tel: 0208 783 437
Advertised Since: Tuesday 18 October 2016

6. Lillstina Floor Loom


Lillstina Four Shaft Floor Loom with six pedals.  100 cm weaving width.  A lot of loom in a (relatively) small footprint! (127cm x 93cm x 108cm, W x D x H). Lovely, sturdy construction and can take very high tension due to the unusual warp path.

Folds slightly with work on to 70 cm deep and can easily be folded completely flat when not in use. More photos available, including folded configuration - please ask!


Full Texsolv tie up and loads of heddles - around 180 per shaft, mixed Texsolv and string.  Original instruction leaflet. No reeds included.

Buyer collects  (Willingham, Cambridgeshire; CB24)

Original Lillstina weaving stool (adjustable) also available - £50





Contact: Alison Barker
Tel: 07973 257 477
Advertised Since: Monday 19 June 2017

7. Glimakra 10 Shaft Countermarch Floor Loom


120 cm weaving width. Includes all assembly instructions. Warping pegs. Bench,shuttles threading hooks and fish ,one reed and yarns. Plus a few get started books...

Very good condition

Buyer collects from Dorset




Contact: Marion Podschies
Tel: 01305 824 928 or 07940 732 584
Advertised Since: Wednesday 09 November 2016

8. Bespoke Upright 2-shaft Floor Loom


This upright eye-catching 2 shaft weaving/tapestry loom has been hand crafted by a highly skilled craftsman out of the very best hard wood to ensure stability when weaving. The design of the loom was engineered by reviewing other upright looms by Glimakra, Varpapuu and Lapponia and has proven to be a wonderfully constructed, well thought through piece of equipment that has enabled the making of a wide range of cloth weights from tapestries to mid weight soft furnishing fabrics.

The warp set up and the weaving experience is straightforward and smooth. The loom is operated by the 2 peddles that bring the shafts into play. A set of weights support an effectively balanced motion when beating the fabric. The weights have been designed to be slim and are made from lead and are completely encased in foam sleeves. The components of the pulley system are of excellent quality and include 8mm climbing rope to give maximum control when weaving.

The loom comes with a range of accessories including reed, winding on sticks etc. Happy to send more detailed pictures via email. Buyer to collect. The loom can be easily dismantled. Loom is situated in the Midlands, near to the M1.

Height – 178cm / 70”

Width – 186cm / 73.25”

Depth – 75 / 29.5”

Maximum weaving width – 150cms / 59”







£1400 ono

Contact: Jane Bartholomew
Tel: 07762 705 571
Advertised Since: Tuesday 22 November 2016

9. Eight Shaft Glimakra Floor Loom

5' x 4'8", height 5' 8", Reed 4', Shafts 8,  Treadles 8 
Plus accessories

Buyer to dismantle and collect from CM9 8RQ


Contact: Margaret Shove
Tel: 01621 869 539
Advertised Since: Monday 19 June 2017

10. 12 shaft "John A Thurin” Countermarch Loom

Beautiful "John A. Thulin" countermarch weaving loom, with 12 shafts. 

This loom is a typical Swedish countermarch loom, very similar to the Glimakra ideal. It was made in Sweden and the hard Swedish pine wood is in great condition. 

It has 12 shafts, and 12 pedals. It has a 90cm weaving width and is roughly 1.2 metres deep, and 1.2 metres wide. It comes with all lams, pedals, shaft bars, a reed, associated warping sticks, and string heddles. 

The beater is strong, and the loom is easy to take down and put back together due to its "peg" construction system. 

It currently does not have texsolv tie up, however I am able to convert it to texsolv for you if you require for extra.

Collection only from Cambridge


Contact: Louise Player
Tel: 01223 563 362 or mobile: 07962 119 696
Advertised Since: Saturday 17 December 2016

11. Toika 150cm 8 shaft Counterbalance loom

Weaving width is 120cm. 
"Liisa" type (full details on Toika website) 
Countermarch loom - massive sheds! 
texsolv tie up 
in fantastic condition 
full width of loom 157 cm 
Depth of loom 136 cm 
There is space to add extra shafts if you want to increase the design options, up to 16 shafts. If you really want to, you can add a computer aided option which connects to your computer- all available from Toika. 

The loom comes with a reed, pre cut texsolv for the tie up, raddle, bench which sits inside the loom when not in use, and warping sticks. Everything you need except the yarn! 
Collection only from Cambridge


Contact: Louise Player
Tel: 01223 563 362 or mobile: 07962 119 696
Advertised Since: Saturday 17 December 2016

12. Glimakra Eight Shaft Floor Loom

8 shaft Glimakra floor loom with 10 treadles. 120cms weaving width.
Comes with:
Warping mill 3m diameter
10 reeds various dents and widths most the full 120cms
Sectional beam 
I have it set up for countermarche weaving but also be used as a counter balance loom.  It has a 50 shaft single draw damask attachment with the loom extension. With all the heddles etc
Many shuttles
A few temples
Warp stick and many other bits
Leclerc tension box for measuring warp for sectional weaving
Comes with lots of other bits and bobs collected over the years
The loom is in fantastic condition, I am sad to let go but unfortunately due to moving away I am looking to sell.
Currently located in London, please contact me to view or to ask for more photographs and talk regarding collection etc. I also have a huge pile of old Swedish magazines I'm happy to throw in and potentially a big bundle of yarn too. 


£2,300 ono

Contact: Sarah Hellen
Tel: 07500 347 878
Advertised Since: Wednesday 25 January 2017

23. Leclerc 4 Shaft Artisat 36" Floor Loom

Leclerc 4 Shaft Artisat 36" Floor Loom
Excellent condition, very compact folding to a depth of 14" with warp on.  Sale includes 7 Shuttles, 1 Reed, Heddles, large amount of Spacers and an assortment of Stick Shuttles, plus many other items of equipment.
Also included are 19 excellent condition weaving books and an assortment of weaving magazines.
Please phone for more details and photos,
Collection only from South West Dorset Area.

£750 ono

Contact: F. Lancaster
Tel: 01202 699 676
Advertised Since: Monday 19 January 2015


155 x hard wood dobby loom lags for 16 shafts,  upper surface measures 350 mm tip to tip top by 17 mm wide
underside measures 300mm tip to tip by 8 mm wide,  sloping side of lag measure 13 mm
centre of hole 1 to centre of hole 16 measures 255 mm,  centre to centre of each hole measures 19mm
a sample lag can be posted.


£150 ono

Contact: Carolyn Wallis
Tel: 01252 725 812
Advertised Since: Tuesday 05 January 2016

DL3. Louet Megado Electronic CompuDobby

Louet Megado 70cm 16 shaft Electronic CompuDobby Loom.  This Megado loom is just two years old. We are moving house and down sizing and so my loom must be downsized too ! The weaving width is 70cm and it has 16 shafts. Each shaft has extra heddles added. There is a second back beam included and also the adjustable weaving bench. The electronic dobby works from the computer using weaving software. I use Proweave but it is compatible with Fibreworks, Weaveit etc. To buy this configuration new at the moment would cost £8500.  I live in south west Scotland close to Lockerbie and just 4 miles from the main M74. If you would like to know more please contact me by phone or email.

£7000 (offers in this region considered)

Contact: Dorothy Stewart
Tel: 01387 810 021
Advertised Since: Thursday 13 April 2017

DL4. Rare 24 peg Dobby Loom

Rare, 24 peg Dobby loom. Ex. Welsh woolen mill?  Single treddle. 3 box, drop fly shuttle.
Stands apx. 6'6" square and apx. 8' tall.  Buyer to dismantle and collect from Watton, Norfolk.


Contact: Rosemary Durrant
Tel: 01953 788 040
Advertised Since: Wednesday 16 March 2016

DL5. 24 Shaft AVL Computerised Dobby Loom

I am currently selling my beloved AVL computerised dobby weaving loom. The loom has 24 shafts and has a weaving width of 120cm. The computerised dobby uses Weavepoint software to allow you to quickly and easily create complex weave structures. The dimensions of the loom is 197cm wide, 155cm deep and 185cm tall. There is an in depth manual detailing step by step instructions and diagrams to assist you with the setting up of the loom.
Also included in the sale is a Ashford warping mill and a bobbin winder.
The loom is located at my home in Sleaford Lincolnshire, you are very welcome to come and try out the loom or alternatively if you have any questions or would like additional photographs please do get in touch.
Due to its size a van would be required to transport the loom. Depending on your location delivery may be an option, please get in touch to discuss this further.

Offers in the region of £3000

Contact: Kate Bewick
Tel: 07545 582 994
Advertised Since: Monday 15 May 2017

DL21. George Wood Loom Frame

36" with 3 box fly shuttle, 16 shaft Robert Hall mechanical dobby head and quantity of industrial shafts - needs some DIY skills to restore shuttle boxes and adjust dobby and assemble as a working loom - only £450 - could help assemble at reasonable rate(£80/day+ travel) within 50 of mile radius of mid wales.


Contact: Steve Attwood-Wright
Tel: 01686 670793 (Shropshire/Mid Wales Border)
Advertised Since: Friday 06 November 2009

TL1. Varpapuu Tapestry Floor Loom

Varpapu Tapestry floor Loom ht180cm depth 58cm width 1.37cm    good condition 2 shaft Finnish loom .can be dismantled as joints labelled,includes 1m warping square
buyer collects from north devon 


Contact: Caroline Bennett
Tel: 01598 710 651
Advertised Since: Thursday 10 December 2015

TL2. Frame Loom

This is a beautiful frame loom in solid maple, extremely strong, which can be used for rugs or tapestry. It has inlaid marks at intervals of one inch and four inches on both beams; and the top beam adjusts easily to control tension. It is 38 inches wide, 60 inches high and available in North London. 


Contact: Geoff Hooper
Tel: 0208 446 0352
Advertised Since: Friday 22 January 2016