Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

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Pocket Loom for Weaving On-the-Go
WARF: P180008US02

Inventors: Marianne Fairbanks

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is helping advance a handheld loom designed for easy, convenient and small-scale weaving.
Traditional weaving uses large looms that are complicated to work and require training and practice before reaching any level of proficiency. Additionally, access to large looms is generally limited, either financially or geographically. Children or curious hobbyists would be best served by an introductory loom that is convenient, low cost and simple to use.
The Invention
An assistant professor in the School of Human Ecology at UW–Madison has developed a pocket loom that comes with everything needed to immediately begin weaving. It differs from other mini-looms on the market in its cost and ease of use, and its portable nature allows anyone anywhere anytime to practice weaving.

The pocket loom provides a cheap, simple and intuitive addition to the mini-loom market that could be used as a teaching tool, toy or hobby device. The pocket loom’s low financial barrier to entry into weaving, as well as its simplicity and all-in-one kit style, make it an attractive choice versus other mini-looms on the market.
  • Beginner’s guide to weaving or weaving on-the-go
Key Benefits
  • Includes all necessary materials (except thread) and instructions to weave
  • Familiar and convenient iPhone-sized dimensions
  • Easy to use with little to no setup involved; perfect beginner’s loom
  • Comes with multiple sett numbers for different warp densities
Stage of Development
Pocket loom has been produced in multiple styles with varying features. The looms are currently available for sale to educators.
Additional Information
For More Information About the Inventors
For current licensing status, please contact Michael Carey at [javascript protected email address] or 608-960-9867