I recently had a friend ask me what kind of temple I use. While I’ve got several Toika temples and a couple of the wooden ones my preferred temple is one I make myself using tarp clips and fishing weights or heavy nuts & bolts.
I have several reasons for not liking the store bought temples.
First of all they bite. Not only you, but they’ll chew up the breast beam on your loom if you’re not careful about advancing the temple as you advance your cloth.
Second of all they’re not cheap, and they come in different widths so they’re not a “one size fits all” type of tool. Whereas the tarp clips can be used on any width fabric however you might need to add more weight the wider you go.
Third, they can put holes in the edges of your cloth if you’re not careful, so I would be scared to use them on finer fabric. I can see where a Toika temple would be useful if you were making rag rugs but rag rugs are the only thing I can think of as I write this that I’d feel comfortable setting those temple teeth into…
Depending on your loom, if it’s an “X” frame loom such as one of the Schacht Wolf looms you may need to add either a hook on the side of the front leg, or lay a dowel or expandable curtain rod from the breast beam to the back beam so that the string with the weights has something hold it away from the fabric and to hang over.
Tarp clips can be purchased at many hardware stores or found with camping supplies. Here are some pictures of one of mine below showing the weight dropped over a hook or over a dowel. You would use these in pairs, one attached to each side of your fabric.
I bought these removable hooks as I didn’t want to put any holes in the side of my loom however now I’m looking at the empty hole on the leg of the loom below and to the right of where I’ve attached the hook and I’m wondering if I put a bolt in there if that would work instead, hmmmm…..
If you don’t want to use a hook you can use a dowel, or a long flat piece like I’m showing, or an expandable curtain rod to hang the weight off of works well too.