|This was the first model of inkle loom I owned.|
The very first inkle loom I owned was one which I made in the 1970's with the help of my dad.
I still remember discovering what a hole saw and L brackets were. The plans came from the book "Inkle Loom Weaving" by Nina Holland. The loom was two-sided, but the second side was not removable, which makes it harder to use. Also, the tension adjustment left much to be desired. So, when I was able to buy one of a better design, I did. I no longer have either of these looms.
When I had young children, in the 1980's and early 90's, I made them each an inkle loom from a cardboard box, which worked just fine. I don't think that they got used much. All 3 of my kids do know how to use an inkle and I'm glad for that. If you want to make your own cardboard box loom, I highly recommend these instructions by JacQueline Keller on her blog Hearts on Fibre. She's a very clever lady! Hearts on Fibre
There is another do-it-yourself inkle loom which doesn't require woodworking tools and skills; it is made of PVC pipe. Weaving Today has included plans in their free download. You can find it here:
Weaving Today- Guide to Inkle Weaving
If you have the skills or ability to build one from wood, there are a variety of plans out there on the internet. The tutorial here on Make Magazine's website, looks good to me, although I have not used the plans myself. How To: Build an Inkle Loom
The book "Inkle Weaving" by Helene Bress has plans for building both a table top/lap inkle and a floor-standing inkle. I have one of the floor-standing models built by a friend and can testify that it is a good design.
Have you made your own inkle loom? If so, I'd really like to hear from you about what plans you used and what you like about your model. Please leave a comment below.