Thank you! I just started weaving with it today. Quite a learning curve, since I’m not following the standard materials/pattern/color. I’m an experienced enough weaver that I look forward to finding and fixing problems in the design.
First, I forgot that the spacing of the holes and slots doesn’t have to be as fine as I made it. For durability, I made the holes’ diameters equal half the width of the dent (that is, the “tooth” of the reed that separates threads from one another). Because of this, I had to select a narrower thread for the warp, than is recommended. This type of weaving typically uses fine wool yarn, which would not fit in the holes.
Second, it turns out that the reed is more useful than just up-and-down motion. If you are having trouble seeing the space your shuttle needs to navigate, you can widen it by tilting the reed up/down and/or left/right. You also have three possible reed positions, not just two in the way of other simple looms. This is because you have three distinct sets of warp yarns and you can make the middle set be the upper or lower set instead. I think if I adjust the postion of the 2nd set of holes, the loom will be more comfortable to use.
Or, it may turn out there’s a really good reason it isn’t done.