Inspired by the built-in raddles on the Louet Looms, and the Jane Stafford method of warping, we have created a 3-d printed raddle to use on non-Louet looms.
Even though you may have beautifully crafted wooden raddles, many have 1-inch sections that many weavers feel is two wide when warping with fine yarns.
These raddles are normally used on the castle. I have used these raddles on Macomber, Harrisville and Shacht floor looms, and Ashford and Leclerc table looms with success. Also I recently used them on a Schacht flip rigid heddle loom.
The raddle comes in sections that are assembled by pressing together. You can leave it assembled, or take apart for easy transportation. At the ends are two flat ends measuring 7/8" that can be clamped to the loom. Some weavers have used Irwin clamps. The ends can also be tied to the loom.
This is the 3rd iteration of the Raddle Design and is rigid and strong. (The pictures on the Voyageur are the older design where the raddle was a little more flexible.) There is some discussion on Ravelry (warped weavers group) from our customers on the LoftyFiber raddle if you want more information.
For floor looms with a castle, the raddle can normally be secured by clamping the end pieces. You can also use string through one of the sections to tie the raddle in place. Other options may include placing the raddle in the beater or directly on the backbeam. In one of the product pictures, the Leclerc Voyageur is being warped with raddle on the top where a piece of paper has been placed over the levers and secured with masking tape so no threads will tangle in the levers.I use rubber bands to secure the warp ends in the raddle before winding on.
Raddles are available in increments of 6". Add the end pieces so that you have a flat section to use for clamping at each end.
Order as many sections as you need to accommodate your weaving width. For example, to accommodate a maximum warping width of 36", order a quantity of 6 sections along with the two end pieces for clamping on each end.
For excellent instruction on warping, consider Jane Stafford's online guild videos: https://janestaffordtextiles.com/online-guild/