The Loom Exchange
Weaving & Spinning Equipment & Textile Books Bought & Sold UPDATED: Tuesday 06 December 2016 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

Weavemaster Dual Purpose Floor/Table Loom

See advert no: 1 in the Table Loom section of this catalogue.

Advertised Since: Monday 02 May 2016

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. LAPPONIA 2 shaft rug/tapestry loom

For sale a LAPPONIA 2 shaft rug/tapestry loom made by VARPAPUU of Finland.
Good, but used condition, I have used it for making wool rugs, rag rugs, a stair carpet, throws, cushions and scarves.  Including a warp spacer.

Approx. dimensions:

Height = 181 cm
Width = 150 cm
Depth = 80cm

Collection from Nr. Fishguard, Pembrokeshire


£900 ono

Contact: Emily Scott
Advertised Since: Saturday 18 June 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. Toika Eeva Countermarch 8 Shaft Floor Loom

Toika Eeva countermarch 8 shaft floor loom.  100cm weaving width.  Lovely sturdy loom.  Buyer to collect from Northumberland.  Will fit into a large estate car - largest piece measures: 64" x 52"..


Contact: Barbara Le Masurier
Tel: 01669 620 916
Advertised Since: Wednesday 16 November 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

18. Lillstina FL-4 Floor Loom 40” – 46”

Lillstina FL-4 floor loom which can weave cloth up to 46" wide.  The loom is in good condition and has two spare heddles.  The loom can be collapsed for storage when not in use.

Included is a warping board that is 38" wide and 47" high with 6 pegs per side used for setting up the threads.

Loom can be collected from Maidenhead, Berkshire.



£650 ono

Contact: John Storrie
Tel: 07773 784 930
Advertised Since: Monday 20 June 2016

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

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

TL3. Don Porrit Rug/Tapestry Loom

Loom for sale Hand built in 1995 by Don Porrit, to a bespoke specification, this rug/tapestry loom is made from hard wood (probably Maple). It is located near Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. Height: 79” (200cm) Width Overall: 84” (213cm) Weaving width72” (183cm) Depth at base: 36” (91.5cm) Two shafts. Three treadles lifting left, centre and right warps independently. Counterbalance beater. Attached frame carrying three spotlights. Adjustable bench.   Buyer to dismantle and remove.


Contact: Matty Smith
Tel: 07590 479 192
Advertised Since: Tuesday 15 November 2016