The Loom Exchange
Weaving & Spinning Equipment & Textile Books Bought & Sold UPDATED: Monday 27 February 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 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: Glimakra standard countermarch floor loom 150 or 160cm weaving width.  

Contact: Mark Cullen
Tel: 01822 834 253
Advertised Since: Monday 05 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

5. Berga Savonia Countermarch Loom

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 from the floor.  Between these verticals is a movable 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 movable 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 could easily be unscrewed from 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 4 kgs 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.   

£1,500 ono

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

6. 16 Shaft Swedish Countermarch Loom with Fly Shuttle


This loom is a swedish type countermarch floor loom with 16 shafts, and extra fly shuttle.  Material: Swedish Pine.  Weaving Width: 100cm   Shafts: 16  Treadles: 16  Bench included,  reed included.  

Two Beaters, one with Fly shuttle attachment, one without

Fly shuttles included

total width of loom 110cm

Total depth of loom 120cm.

Currently with string tie ups and heddles, however I can supply or even fit texsolv if you wish for extra. 

The possibilities for design options with this loom are enormous. It is rare to find a loom with more than 8 shafts, so I was thrilled to find a model with 16. With this many shafts you can create the most gorgeous patterns and intricate details.  Imported from sweden, It fits together with the classic "glimakra" style pegs, and is easy to assemble and disassemble. There is the usual surface marks and wear with a loom of this age, but it is a gem!  Sold as seen.

Collection only from Cambridge



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

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. Four Shaft Floor Loom

30" weaving width, four pedals.  Has a built in warping mill and bench.  Exact photo is not available as the loom is dismantled and in store.  It has not been used for thirty years due to lack of time and space.  It needs a good home.    Collection only from Peterborough area.   It is similar to the photo shown with this advert.


Contact: Jenny Dixon
Tel: 01780 470 365
Advertised Since: Friday 09 December 2016

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

14. Glimakra Standard Countermarch Floor Loom

Glimakra Standard Countermarch loom.  Weaving width 110 cm with Texsolv tie up, 10 shafts, 10 pedals, double warp beam, various reeds and boat shuttles, light and bench.  Good condition.  Collection from Basingstoke, Hants.

£1,500 ono

Contact: Pauline Nelson
Tel: 01256 478 447 (answerphone)
Advertised Since: Wednesday 01 February 2017

15. Varpapuu Rita Floor Loom

VP Rita loom
 4 shafts and 6 pedals
Comes with an Adjustable bench


Loom is in Totnes Devon

Proceeds are going to the Rowcroft Hospice 




Contact: Peter Greenberry
Tel: 01983 537 466 or 01803 732 835
Advertised Since: Monday 13 February 2017

16. Glimakra Ideal Countermarch

Glimakra Ideal Countermarch floor loom.  4 shafts, 6 pedals.  Weaving width: 80cm, Overall width: 108cm.  Length: 128cm,  Height: 155cm.  Complete with bench, various reeds, shuttles and warping sticks.  Currently set up in counterbalance mode.  This loom has been stored for over 25 years but is in good condition.  Collection only from Kendal, Cumbria.  Can be dismantled easily - largest piece 155 x 128 x 5 cm.  However, delivery within 50 miles of Kendal can be arranged, cost negotiable.


Contact: Pam Pitt
Tel: 01539 568 210
Advertised Since: Friday 17 February 2017

19. Glimakra Ideal Floor Loom

This floor loom has never been erected hence never used.  It has been stored in the spare bedrooms after various house moves since the late 1980's.  One rubber foot is missing.   It comes with a stool.  I do have transport to deliver it, the cost being negotiable or collection from Cardiff.


Contact: Julie Morse
Tel: 07977 766 006
Advertised Since: Monday 14 September 2015

22. Toika Floor Loom

Toika Floor Loom
4/8 shafts, 6/10 treadles, string heddles, assorted reeds, shuttles, warping sticks and some yarn, fitted bench.  Full assembly instructions.
This loom weaves beautifully and has had one lady owner from new before me. It has been looked after well in the short time i have had it. Personal reasons forces sale or I would not be parting with this loom.
Please feel free to message/email me for more info.
Collection only from Mansfield, Nottingham.


Contact: Jayne Woodbridge
Tel: 07720 771 387
Advertised Since: Sunday 18 January 2015

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

DL1. Louet Magic Dobby Loom

Louet Magic Dobby Loom for Sale
Collection is from East London. Loom has had some use but only bought 3 years ago. I am selling as I am upgrading to a wider width loom. It can be semi folded to make transportation easier. Can be operated by handle or foot treddle. 24 shafts, 600 heddles as standard with apprx 600 additional polyester heddles added, two back beams and a computerised box (runs with fiberworks software which is available for Mac and PC). Comes with custom raddle. 
'Magic Dobby 70: 88 x 100 x 140 cm (34 5/8” x 39 3/8” x 55“)
Magic Dobby 70: 33 kg (73 lb)
The electronic dobby will give you almost unlimited harness combinations using a computer and software from Fiberworks PCW, PixieLoom, Proweave, Weave it, Weavemaker, WeavePoint or Winweef, which all work with the Louët electronic interface.'


Contact: Hannah Auerbach
Advertised Since: Friday 17 February 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

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

Glimakra Rug/Tapestry Loom

see Floor Loom no: 2 for more details.

Advertised Since: Friday 22 April 2016

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