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« on: January 06, 2007 11:30:04 AM »

I was looking around at looms on the internet and ebay and maybe I was just looking at the wrong spot, but looms are crazy expensive! Is there anyway I could get my hands on a cheaper one that is good for beginners? If anything I'd just like the capability to make blankets and bags. (All of yours look beautiful). And what do you guys weave with? yarn or string? Would any of you guys be willing to explain the basics of materials and what not to me?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007 10:23:05 AM »

The best loom to start with is a rigid heddle loom. This is a basic loom that you can get for under $200 and you can make lots of different things with it. You weave with weaving yarns or I like using knitting yarns because there are lots of different kinds available. Some places (such as woolery.com) have information about what you need to get started. (http://woolery.com/Pages/rigidheddle.html) You can look through their other loom stuff to learn about the different types of looms and what you need to get started.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2007 02:53:08 AM »

Thank you so much! I was like, "Oh noe!" when I saw the couple thousand pricetag on many of the looms I saw. is there an awful wig difference between weaving yarns and knitting yarns in the end result?
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2007 01:14:20 PM »

It really depends on what type of weaving you want to do. If you want to do funky thick scarves, knitting yarns are better because they are generally of a higher gauge than weaving yarns. If you want to weave tea towels, weaving yarns might be better. One thing to consider is price though. Weaving yarns are usually going to be sold in larger quantities than knitting yarns and for this reason can be cheaper. There are some place (like http://earthguild.com/) that sell mill ends of weaving yarns and that can be cheaper. It's also good to make friends with other weavers because they usually try to unload their stash on you every once in a while. That's always nice!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2007 12:32:03 PM »

Do you know of any weavers in your area?  Or a weaving guild? 

Sometimes someone has a small loom that they are not using and they might just lend it out to you.  It never hurts to ask and finding someone who can talk you through the things you have trouble figuring out is priceless!
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2007 10:35:46 PM »

I second the idea of checking around weaver's guilds or other fiber guilds. Sometimes you can pick up really good bargains because people just want to be rid of them. I have a 48" Schacht loom that my mom and I got for about 400 because the lady had bought it, had tried to weave without knowing anything about it, had gotten frustrated and was giving up. My mom even tried to get the lady to let my mom teach her how to weave for a while, but she didn't want anything more to do with it.
Recounting this is a little heart-breaking for me, because my mom is now 95, and has lost all her memories of how to weave. So we'll have a Baby Wolf and two or three other looms to sell soon, I think.
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