Louet David 8 Harness Loom

David III is a compact eight harness loom that looks modest, but in functional quality, it surpasses many large floor looms. It is available in 70 cm (27 5/8"), 90 cm (35 3/8"), and 110cm (43 1/2”) weaving width.


  • A 10-dent stainless steel reed 

  • 800 Texsolv heddles (280 mm)

  • Tie-up and lease sticks

  • Sixteen warp sticks.

Dimensions (W x D x H)

  • D70 - 36 1/4 x 33 1/2” x 50”
  • D90 - 44” x 33 1/2” x 50”
  • D110 - 52” x 33 1/2” x 50”

Accessories Available for purchase separately:

  • Bench - height 57 cm (22 3/8")
  • Second warp beam with back beam
  • Sectional warp beam
  • Flying Dutchman shuttle

Improvements of the David III

  • It has a sturdier frame: the front posts, the main uprights and the foot rail are 27 mm thick (was 21 mm).
  • Standing beater, with a hinge point close to the floor, the result is smooth movement and a favorable pivot radius to strike the fell line.
  • The hinge hooks of the beater are mounted on the loom and not on the beater uprights.  This makes it easier to remove and replace the beater.
  • The warp beam and the cloth beam have a larger diameter.   This requires fewer revolutions to wind your warp beam and therefore less tension discrepancies in the warp threads. The sectional warp kit now has space for 4 bars that attach to the warp beam, instead of 3. This improves assembly and function.
  • We have added a new cloth beam advance lever. It has a magnet that holds the pawl in the ratchet wheel, allowing you to advance more fabric with one movement of the handle.
  • The breast beam has countersunk holes to make it easier to mount the beam on the front posts.
  • The tie-up cords for the treadles are permanently connected to the lams and can be moved above the treadles where you need them. The screw heads on the treadles are slightly smaller, making it easier to hook on the cords.
  • The tension brake on the warp beam is no longer an accessory, but standard. The brake disc is much larger and is now also a crank handle with which you can wind on your warp. The handle rotates in the disc, not in your hand.
  • You can now adjust the shaft height with a knurled nut and the horizontal adjustment with a screw. Therefore the small texsolv pins in the cords are no longer needed.
  • Folding the David is easier and there are no loose parts that can get lost.
  • We include two wooden raddle covers that you can slide over the raddle.   These are useful for inserting the warp threads into the raddle and then they close the raddle when winding on your warp.
  • Two side clamps are included and useful when setting up and threading the warp.
  • In addition to the assembly instructions, there are instructions on how to dress the loom.
    • Customer Reviews

      Based on 1 review
      Stephanie Karran
      It’s all good...

      The wonderful people at Gist Yarn are an invaluable resource! They helped me determine which loom would best fit my requirements as I transitioned to my first floor loom. Then they went to some extra lengths to coordinate with the manufacturers rep during the pandemic quarantine. How customer friendly!

      I was worried about the “some assembly required” portion of getting my David loom up and running, but that was a non-issue. The castle of the loom comes pre-assembled, so there’s a great starting point. The Louet directions were specific, well illustrated with photos, and easily executed thanks to the precision manufacturing of each part. Everything fit where it should; nothing had to be forced or “tweaked”. I got the job done, with lifting help from my husband, in one afternoon.

      As for weaving on this loom: The shed is surprisingly large, the beater is substantial enough to get the yarns placed without flogging them to death, and the pressure required to depress a treadle is easy on one’s feet and legs. The footprint of the David 90 is 42" x 33 1/2", so it’s “room-friendly”, especially because visually it seems compact and not very imposing.

      I like everything about the David.