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An Apron for a Cricket Loom

When I first started weaving on my little loom, I was vexed because there was no good place for me to set tools where they would be accessible. Then I saw the Wolf Trap on the Schacht website and knew I had the answer.  The problem was that Schacht doesn’t make a similar apron/sling for the Cricket. Naturally, I made my own.

Here’s what my finished sling looks like on my 15-inch Cricket loom:

The finished size is 18 inches by 4.5 inches, once the apron is folded in half. I added a seam allowance to the 18 inch by 9 inch  pattern rectangle (the sling is folded in half lengthwise), and cut one main fabric piece (in green Cordura, in this case), and one lining piece (in printed quilted cotton, in this case). I had both of these fabrics in stash.

Then I simply sewed the rectangle, right side to right side, leaving a small hole to turn the apron right side out. I added a pocket to the inside, just large enough to hold a pair of scissors and a couple of other tools or notes.

The final step was to make one buttonhole at each of the four corners. Pegs slide through those holes to hold the sling to the loom. Here’s a picture of the apron off the loom, with the pegs in place:

You can see the stitching lines for the internal pocket. If you’d rather have them in back, you can reverse the sling, but access is easier if the pocket is in front. Or you might not want a pocket at all . . .

The pegs are the only tricky part. Mine are 3/8ths of an inch dowel, but dowel sizes seem to be inconsistent, so you may do fine with 1/4 inch.  I cut mine 2 inches long using a pipe-cutting tool, but heavy duty scissors should do the trick (Or, if you’re a glutton for punishment, break out a saw!)

I wanted a nice clean end on the dowel, and one, too, that wouldn’t catch or snag anything passing by. At a hardware store I found the metal bit you see above and below. (Unfortunately, I don’t remember what it’s called.)  It’s perfect for this use because it is meant to screw onto something, which means it also grabs the dowel with something just a little bit better than a friction fit.

You could use anything, or nothing, to cap your dowel pins, though. Tape? A vinyl shelf end cap? A locking bolt cap? I liked this solution best, though, and aesthetically it seems to suit the loom.

The dowel pins fit into the front holes pre-drilled into the Cricket. My dowels were a little thin, so I added a tiny strip of electrician’s tape to the pins to make the fit a tiny bit snugger. Be sure that you don’t force anything into the pre-drilled holes: respect the loom! You need those holes for other purposes, and don’t want to alter or enlarge them accidentally.

Originally I left the ends open, thinking that I’d be sliding shuttles in through the sides. Using the top works better for me, though, and I sewed up the sides. It’s very easy to remove and replace the apron from the loom, and having the sides closed ensures that nothing slips out when moving it.

This (4 1/2 inches) proved the perfect depth for me; even though I weave at a pretty serious angle, the apron doesn’t interfere with my lap. I love this little gadget — my shuttles and tools are right where I need them, and everything, especially wound shuttles, is kept from prying feline paws, ready to use whenever I have a moment.

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