Guide to Leclerc Looms

Leclerc has been advancing the field of handweaving for over a century and has produced a legacy of loom designs, most still being used around the world by satisfied customers. This page presents an overview of the basic Leclerc loom designs. Many of these have undergone changes over time as the company's designers have made enhancements to improve the products and have incorporated new materials and technologies. While many of the looms shown below are still being made, a number have been discontinued.

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We also include information on Leclerc Spinning Wheels and Weaving accessories. Follow the links at the bottom of the page to find these.

We have included the looms that we know of but believe that there are more designs than what is shown below. If you have a loom not shown on this page or have an old Leclerc catalog, manual or piece of company literature that shows looms not listed below, please contact us so that we can add it to our growing collection!

Note that we have an extensive selection of Repair Parts for both old and new Leclerc looms. Contact us if you have a problem determining what you need.


Floor Looms

Artisat


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Jack and Countermarche
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Widths: 22", 36"
Features: Both front & back beam fold for storage, Easily upgraded "4 shaft now, 4 shaft later" versions produced, 8 shaft version with back hinge treadles and back beam stabilizer legs produced. We believe the Artisat was first introduced in 1968 with a built-in bench and the re-introdcued without in 1969 as the "Artisat IV" without the bench. By 1976 it was just refered to as the "Artisat". Most Artisats have a 36" weaving width but from sometime after 1969 to 1975 a 22 inch version was also made.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Colonial


Status: Replaced with the Colonial I
Mechanisms: Jack or Counterbalance
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Widths: 45", 60"
Features: Beater can be set for Overhand or Underhand Operation, Frame held together with Wooden "keys", Back Beam folds for storage, easily convertible from Counterbalance to Jack and from 4 harness to 8 harness jack loom.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Colonial I


Status: Replaced with the Colonial v2
Mechanisms: Jack or Counterbalance
Shafts: 4, 8, 12
Weaving Widths: 36" (Computer-Dobby only), 45", 60"
Features: Beater can be set for Overhand or Underhand Operation, Colonial "keys" replaced with Bolts, Back Beam folds for storage, easily convertible from Counterbalance to Jack and from 4 harness to 8 or 12 harness jack loom, 12/16 shaft Mechanical and Computer- Dobby versions also produced. In 2002 Leclerc added a Back-Hinge Treadle option.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Colonial v2


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Jack or Counterbalance
Shafts: 4, 8, 12
Weaving Widths: 45", 60"
Features: Introduced in 2010, Leclerc redesigned the top of the castle with a pulley system to reduce treadling force, move the cables to the side out of the warp and improve the shed.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Compact


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Jack
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Widths: 24"
Features: Loom folds up for easy storage, 4 shaft easily upgraded to 8.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Elite


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Jack, Counterbalance or Countermarche
Shafts: Up to 12
Weaving Widths: Unknown
Features: Billed as a "Professional handweaving loom for intensive production".

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Fanny


Status: Still Produced as Special Orders Only
Mechanisms: Counterbalance
Shafts: 4
Weaving Widths: 27", 36", 45", 60"
Features:Back Beam folds for storage

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Fanny II


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Counterbalance
Shafts: 4
Weaving Widths: 36", 45", 60"
Features: Shed Regulator included as standard, Back Beam folds for storage.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Inca


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Counterbalance, Jack
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Widths: 36"
Features: A low cost loom shipped un-assembled and un-finished to make it more affordable.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Initiation


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Jack
Shafts: 4
Weaving Widths: 32"
Features: Can be folded while warped for storage, height is adjustable.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Kebec


Status: Replaced with the Kebec II
Mechanisms: Counterbalance
Shafts: 4
Weaving Widths: 100", 120"
Features: Two sets of treadle sets which can be attached to the front or rear of the loom, overhead pulleys support the shafts.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Kebec II


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Counterbalance, Jack
Shafts: 4
Weaving Widths: 100", 120", 168"
Features: Treadle sets (2 provided) are always attached to the front, Breast Beams are heavy duty wooden rollers, Pulleys on Kebec replaced with dual wooden rollers in Counterbalance version.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Minerva


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Jack
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Widths: 22"
Features: Front and Back Beams can be folded while warped for storage.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Mira


Status: Still Produced as Special Orders Only
Mechanisms: Counterbalance
Shafts: 4
Weaving Widths: 27", 36", 45", 60"
Features: Similar to the Fanny but without folding back beam.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Nilart


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Jack, Countermarche
Shafts: 8, 12, 16 (60" only)
Weaving Widths: 45", 60"
Features: Treadles can be attached to front of loom for 8 and 12 shaft, treadles can be attached to rear of loom for 12 and 16 shaft, back beam folds for storage, 8 to 12 and 12 to 16 shaft upgrades and jack to Countermarche conversion kits available, Computer-Dobby 12 and 16 shaft versions (in both 45" or 60") produced.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Nilus


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Jack
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Widths: 27", 36", 45", 60"
Features: Folder back beam, Ability to buy as a 4 shaft and add 4 more shafts later, 8 shaft version with back hinge treadles is available.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Nilus II


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Jack, Counterbalance or Countermarche
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Widths: 36", 45", 60", 72"
Features:Folding back beam with stabilizer feet, convertible between Counterbalance, Jack and Countermarche, "4 Shaft Now, 4 Later" version can be easily upgraded to 8 shafts, Counterbalance version has integral shed regulator, optional versions of the jack loom are available with back hinge treadles.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Therapeutic Nilus


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Jack
Shafts: Unknown
Weaving Widths: Unknown
Features: Modified Nilus Loom with adjustable tension settings to allow the loom to be used for rehabilitation purposes, loom allows graded resistance in elbow, wrist, plantar and shoulder movements and the base has been adjusted to fit a wheelchair.

Weavebird


Status: Replaced by the Weavebird v2
Mechanisms: Countermarch
Shafts: 16, 24 or 32
Weaving Widths: 27", 36", 45", 60"
Features: Introduced in 2002, this Computer-Dobby Loom uses counterweights to deliver effortless treadling regardless of the shafts being selected.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Weavebird v2


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Countermarch
Shafts: 16, 24 or 32
Weaving Widths: 27", 36", 45", 60"
Features: A number of enhancements to the Computer-Dobby Loom in 2010 to reduce adjustment and make treadling easier.

More Information:
Manual Download Page



Table Looms

Bergere


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Rigid Heddle
Shafts: N/A
Weaving Widths: 15 3/4", 24", 32"
Features: Currently only the 24" version is being produced.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Dorothy


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Table
Shafts: 4, 8, 12, 16
Weaving Widths: 15, 15 3/4", 24"
Features: Side mounted levers, loom collapses for easy transport and/or storage, simple expansion from 4 to 8 to 12 shafts through addition of 4 shaft box, optional table for 15 3/4" and stand with treadles for 24" version.

This loom is said to be named after Dorothy Rankine, a strong promoter of handweaving in Manitoba.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Iris


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Table
Shafts: 4
Weaving Width: 32"
Features: Front mounted levers on top of loom, optional legs allowed it to stand on the floor.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Jano


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Table
Shafts: 4
Weaving Width: 20"
Features: First Leclerc Table Loom, does not fold, metal side levers, optional treadle stand.

Meco


Status: Replaced with the 24" Dorothy
Mechanisms: Table
Shafts: 4, 8, 12
Weaving Width: 22"
Features: Side mounted levers, loom collapses for easy transport and/or storage, simple expansion from 4 to 8 to 12 shafts through addition of 4 shaft box, optional stand with treadles makes it a floor loom.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Medico


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Table
Shafts: 4, 8
Weaving Width: 22"
Features: Similar to Meco but the levers have been bent forward making them accessable through the front. The loom also had an optional floor stand with 6 treadles.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Nilec


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Table
Shafts: 2
Weaving Width: 15 3/4"
Features: Top mounted crank, uses same base as Dorothy allowing conversion to 4 shafts with addition of Dorothy 4 shaft box.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Voyageur


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Table
Shafts: 4, 8, 12, 16 (Computer-Dobby 16 version also)
Weaving Widths: 9 1/2", 15 3/4", 24"
Features: Front mounted magnetic colour coded levers, loom collapses for easy transport and/or storage, comes with denim carrying bag, 24" 16 Shaft Computer-Dobby version.

More Information:
Manual Download Page



Tapestry Looms

Gobelin


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Tapestry
Shafts: 0, 2 (all except 100")
Weaving Widths: 36", 45", 60", 80", 100"
Features: Vertical Tapestry Loom modeled after those used in the Gobelin school in Paris, can be ordered without shafts/beater or with 2 shafts/treadles and vertical beater, heavy screws lower the bottom beam to create a high tension on the warp.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Penelope


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Tapestry
Shafts: 0
Weaving Widths: 22", 24"
Features: Vertical Tapestry Loom using a single rigid heddle, folds for easy transport.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Rogelec


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Tapestry
Shafts: 0
Weaving Width: 45"
Features: Vertical tapestry frame with 2 tension control screws on top.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Tissart


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Tapestry
Shafts: 2
Weaving Width: 45", 60"
Features: Billed as "A Tapestry Loom for Artists" this vertical loom has two counterbalanced harnesses that slide horizontally along with 2 foot treadles and a beater that moved up and down.

More Information:
Manual Download Page





Other Looms

Cendrel


Status: Still in Production
Mechanisms: Inkle Loom
Shafts: 0
Weaving Widths: 6"
Features: floor standing inkle loom, heddle length is adjustable using the heddle carrier, can also be used as a warping frame to wind a warp up to 30 feet.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Inca Frame


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Frame
Shafts: 0
Weaving Width: 24"
Features: Weaving Frame with warp tension controlled via 2 screws at the top.

Maya


Status: No Longer Produced
Mechanisms: Back-Strap
Shafts: 0
Weaving Width: 15 3/4", 24"
Features: Back-strap loom for teaching basic weaving techniques.

More Information:
Manual Download Page

Leclerc Accessories

Horizontal Warping Mill


Status: No Longer Produced
Features: Warping Mill with built-in counter to measure and then warp the loom directly.

Download:
Operators Manual

Leclerc Spinning Wheels


Status: No Longer Produced
Features: A number of models were manufactered by Leclerc over the years. Everything we know about them is on our Leclerc Spinning Wheel Information Page.

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