US20050205150A1 - Portable looming template - Google Patents

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US20050205150A1
US20050205150A1 US10/988,478 US98847804A US2005205150A1 US 20050205150 A1 US20050205150 A1 US 20050205150A1 US 98847804 A US98847804 A US 98847804A US 2005205150 A1 US2005205150 A1 US 2005205150A1
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A portable looming template for creating fabric from yarn comprising a rectangular planar body having a series of indentations in its perimeter defined between adjacent projecting fingers around which the yarn may be looped. The template may comprise a pair of planar members which may be connected together with hinges to be movable between a position in which they define the rectangular body for use and a folded position to permit release of the fabric article from the template.

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    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • The present invention is a Continuation-In-Part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/062,524 filed Feb. 5, 2002 and entitled SET OF HAND HELD DEVICES
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • This present invention relates to a portable looming template for weaving and creating squares and rectangles of fabric from yarn.
  • 2. Description of The Prior Art
  • Hand weaving is a popular hobby which enables square or rectangular fabric pieces to be created from yarn however the means for creating such fabric pieces are antiquated. For example a basic hand weaving loom which has been used for many years includes a wooden frame carrying nails which are hammered into the periphery of the frame around its periphery. Yam is then wrapped around the nails in a systematic fashion to create pieces of woven fabric. To remove the woven fabric from the frame, however, the loops formed around the nails have to be cut off with scissors, effectively limiting the scope of the usefulness of the pieces of fabric formed using a loom of that form.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention aims to overcome the above disadvantage by providing a portable looming template which enables woven fabric pieces to be formed simply and effectively. The present invention further aims to provide a template which enables the woven fabric pieces formed on the loom to be readily removed from the loom without damaging the pieces.
  • The looming template typically comprises a square or rectangular body of a flat planar material provided with a series of indentations around the perimeter thereof. Opposite sides of the body are suitably capable of being folded relatively towards each other to permit release the woven fabric piece from the loom. The sides of the body are suitably being capable of being folded about a fold line or axis extending transversely of the body and extending substantially parallel to the plane of the body.
  • The body may be formed by a pair of substantially identical planar member which can be joined together along a join line extending diagonally of the rectangular body or parallel to a side edge of the body. The members may be of a triangular or rectangular configuration. The edges of the panels which are adjacent each other are free of the indentations. In a preferred form, the two members are joined together with hinges or interconnected by means of any flexible joint or connection.
  • Releasable holding means may be provided to hold the template members in a substantially coplanar attitude to form the template body. The releasable holding means may comprise one or more arms of a suitable rigid material which can provide support to the template members to hold the members in their coplanar relationship. The arm may be pivotally connected to one member and be pivotally movable to engage with the other member. The arm may have a location hole at one end and a slot at the other end. The arm may be secured to one of the members by means of a fastener through the location hole. A further fastener may be provided on the other member for engagement by the slot at the other end of the arm. The fasteners are of such a nature that they allow the arm to swing free at the slotted end when required. The arms in their engaged position preferably extend at right angles to the joint line between the half panels.
  • The members of the portable looming template may be made from suitable material such as MDF or moulded plastic or other substantially rigid material. The arms may also be made from any suitable material such as MDF or plastics. The fasteners may be made from any suitable material such as brass or moulded plastic. The hinges between the half panels may be made from any suitable material such as brass, or moulded plastic with any flexible joint.
  • The planar members may be of a right angle triangular configuration and means may be provided for connecting the planar members along or adjacent to their hypotenuses Alternatively the planar members are substantially rectangular and the members are connected to each other along a line extending parallel to one of the side edges of said body.
  • The indentations around the periphery of the portable loom may be of any configuration however to allow ready detachment of the formed pieces from the loom, the indentations are suitably in the form of tapered slots or notches. The tapered slots may be defined by projecting fingers around the periphery of the rectangular body, the side edges of the projections forming the tapering slots therebetween. The projecting fingers at the corners of the rectangular panel are preferably enlarged compared to the projections along the side edges thereof. The projecting fingers may be of a truncated isosceles triangular configuration.
  • This portable looming template of the invention enables yarn to be woven into fabric pieces and released from the template with the loops intact around the perimeter, ready to be stitched into garments, rugs, cushion covers and craft items. For use, the yarn is simply wound around the body being located by the indentations and in varying patterns. The created fabric square may be detached from the looming template and the fabric squares may then be joined to form a competed fabric product.
  • Many people are unable to knit or crochet and the portable looming template of the invention offers a novel way for those people who are looking for a simple craft method of turning yarn into fabric and product.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • To assist with understanding the present invention, reference will now be made to the accompanying drawings which illustrate embodiments of the invention and in which:
  • FIG. 1 illustrates in front view a portable looming template according to an embodiment of the invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a front view of the template of FIG. 1 with the component parts of the template of FIG. 1 folded together;
  • FIG. 3 is a rear view of the portable looming template of FIG. 1;
  • FIGS. 4 to 6 are views corresponding to FIGS. 1 to 3 respectively of a portable looming template according to a further embodiment of the invention;
  • FIGS. 7 to 9 are views corresponding to FIGS. 1 to 3 respectively of a portable looming template of yet a further embodiment of the invention; and
  • FIGS. 10 to 12 are views corresponding to FIGS. 1 to 3 respectively of a portable looming template of yet a further embodiment of the invention
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • Referring firstly to FIGS. 1 to 3, there is illustrated a portable looming template 10 according to the present invention which is of a substantially planar square configuration and provided around its perimeter with a series of indentations 11. The indentations 11 are of a tapering or V-shaped slot-like configuration and defined between coplanar projecting fingers 12 of the template which are in the form of truncated isosceles triangles and arranged along each of the four sides of the template 10. Further larger fingers 13 again in the configuration of truncated isosceles triangles are arranged at each corner of the template 10
  • The template 10 is divided along a diagonal join line 14 into two parts or members 15 and 16 which are of a substantially identical right-angle triangular configuration and which are secured together along their hypotenuses by spaced hinges 17 which enables the parts 15 and 16 to be pivotally moved in one direction about a pivot axis extending along the join line 14. In the position of FIGS. 1 and 3, the edges of the parts 15 and 16 along their hypotenuses are in abutment or substantial abutment with each other.
  • To hold the parts 15 and 16 in their operative relationship relative to each other as in FIGS. 1 and 3, one of the parts 16 is provided with a swinging arm 18 which is pivotally connected to the part 16 by means of a headed fastener 19 which secures the arm 18 to the part 16 which permits swinging or pivotal movement of the arm 18 in a substantially coplanar manner about the fastener 19 and parallel to the plane of the template 20. The arm 18 additionally is provided at its end opposite the fastener 19 with a recess 20 for cooperation with a further headed fastener 21 provided in the other part 15.
  • In the non-operative position, the template 10 may be folded to the position of FIG. 2 where the two parts 15 and 16 are pivoted about the hinges 17 to lie in a substantially juxtaposed face-to-face relationship. For use, the two parts 15 and 16 are unfolded and pivoted about the hinges 17 such that they are substantially coplanar. The swinging arm 18 is then pivoted about the fastener 19 until the recess 20 therein receives the headed fastener 21 as in the position of FIG. 3. This will hold the parts 15 and 16 in a substantially coplanar and rigid relationship with each other ready for use.
  • FIGS. 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 illustrate portable looming templates 22 and 23 according to the invention which are similar in configuration to the embodiment of FIGS. 1 to 3 except that they are of greater dimensions and have a greater number of indentations 11 and projecting fingers 12 although the latter are of similar configuration and size.
  • The use of the template will now be described with reference to FIG. 2. An end of a yarn is secured to the rear side of the template 22 such as with tape and the yard is wound as shown in dotted outline from one indentation 11 say at the left hand end of the template on one side edge of the template 22 across the template 22 to the opposite indentation 11 and looped around the protecting finger 12 and wound across the template 22 back to the opposite indentation 11. This procedure is repeated until the opposite end of the template 22 is reached. The template 22 is then turned ¼ turn to the left and the procedure repeated with the lengths of yarn in this run crossing the previously wound yarn lengths. This procedure is continued until the desired thickens of yarn is achieved and the yarn ends back at the starting point. The ends of the yarn may then be tied together at the front of the template 22. The crossing points 24 of the yarns may then be secured together by further lengths of yarn by knots. To release the finished article, the arm 18 is pivoted away from the headed fastener 19 permitting the template parts 15 and 16 to be folded about the pivot axes along the line 12 which will release the woven article in one piece.
  • FIGS. 10 to 12 illustrate a further looming template 25 according to the invention which in this case is of a rectangular configuration comprising a pair of rectangular planar rigid members 26 and 27 which are hingedly connected together by hinges 28 for movement about a hinge axis 29 extending parallel to the longer edges of the template 25. The template members 26 and 27 are of a substantially identical rectangular configuration and as before, the side edges of the template 25 formed by the members 26 and 27 are provided with indentations 11 and projecting fingers 12 as before. One of the parts 27 is also provided with a pair of swinging arms 30 which are of the same configuration as the arms 18 and which function in the same manner as described above to hold the template member 26 and 27 in a substantially coplanar relationship. Release of the arms 30 permits the members 26 and 27 to be folded as in FIG. 11 to release the woven product from the template 25.
  • Whilst it is preferred that the templates be formed with a pair of substantially identical members with the join line separating the looming template into two equal parts, the members which form the template may be of unequal size.
  • Articles such as Afghan rugs, throws, jackets, bags, coat-hanger covers, cushion covers, doilies, mats and many more items can be woven on the looming templates, and because of the small size of the templates they can be taken and used anywhere. Weaving with the looming templates is very easy and can be used by school children through to the mature crafter. The looming templates further can be used by occupational and diversional therapists as therapy for their patients.

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1. A portable looming template comprising a substantially rectangular planar body, said body having a series of indentations around the perimeter thereof defined between respective projecting fingers whereby squares of fabric may be formed from yarn by winding yarn through said indentations and about said projecting fingers on opposite sides of said body and knotting at each intersection between crossing lengths of yarn, said body being foldable about an axis extending transversely of the body and substantially parallel to the plane of the body to release a square of fabric from said template in one piece.
2. A template as claimed in claim 1 wherein said body is formed of a pair of substantially rigid planar members and including means for connecting said members in a substantially coplanar relationship to form said substantially rectangular body
3. A template as claimed in claim 1 wherein said planar members are interconnected by hinges whereby said members may be folded about said axis.
4. A template as claimed in claim 3 and including means for releasably maintaining said planar members in said substantially coplanar relationship for movement.
5. The template as claimed in claim 4 wherein said means for releasably maintaining said members in said coplanar relationship comprise one or more swinging arms, the or each swinging arm being pivotally connected to one template member and being pivotally movable to a position to engage the other template member to lock said members against movement relative to each other.
6. The template as claimed in claim 5 wherein the or each said swinging arm has a slot or recess and wherein said other template member includes a fastener with which said slot or recess engages.
7. The template as claimed in claim 2 wherein said template members comprise substantially identical planar members.
8. A portable looming template comprising a substantially rectangular planar body, said body having a series of indentations around the perimeter thereof defined between respective protecting fingers whereby squares of fabric may be formed from yarn by winding yarn through said indentations and about said projections on opposite sides of said body and knotting at each intersection between crossing lengths of yarn, said body comprising a pair of pair of planar members, said members when joined to each other defining said substantially rectangular template body.
9. A portable looming template as claimed in claim 8 wherein said indentations comprise tapering slots
10. A portable looming template as claimed in claim 9 wherein said projecting fingers are formed integrally with said members and of truncated isosceles triangle form.
11. A portable looming template as claimed in claim 8 wherein said planar members are of a right angle triangular configuration.
12. A portable looming template as claimed in claim 11 and including means for connecting said planar members along or adjacent to their hypotenuses.
13. A portable looming template as claimed in claim 8 wherein said planar members are substantially rectangular.
14. A portable looming template as claimed in claim 13 wherein said members are connected to each other along a line extending parallel to one of the said edges of said body.
15. A portable looming template as claimed in claim 8 wherein said planar members are hingedly connected to each other whereby they may be folded relatively towards each other to permit release of a square of fabric from said loom.
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