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purlpower
« on: September 16, 2008 06:41:59 PM »

Hi everyone.

I am very interested in getting into weaving but at the moment I feel rather ignorant as to where to start. I'd be really grateful for anyone's suggestions about books, websites, looms and materials for an absolute beginner.

I'm an experienced knitter so I have some understanding of yarn from that perspective.

For some background you might be interested to know that I am considering doing this course in Bradford (UK) next year. It has a weaving option and I am trying to decide whether to take that rather than the knitting option:
http://art.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/main.php?page=textile_hnc

Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I have been lurking here for a while and am continually amazed at the beautiful things you all produce and share.
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008 01:32:16 AM »

This site probably has the most complete set of beginners' instructions you will find on the 'net.
http://www.allfiberarts.com/
It is also a good place to post questions as it gets plenty of traffic and has some really knowledgeable users.  I started cold at an entry-level weaving job (don't see many of those anymore), but your best bet is to find an inexpensive class that provides its own looms for use.  No sense spending a bunch of money before you find out if you like it or not.  And post lots of questions.  Weavers love to explain things; it helps us understand with our heads what we might only know with our hands.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008 01:41:40 AM »

That's really helpful thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008 07:24:36 AM »

I'd also like to recommend the FANTASTIC book "Learning to Weave" by Deborah Chandler. 

She takes you step-by-step through warping your loom (the book is written for four-shaft looms, but can be used for 8-shaft and even rigid heddle) and has practical information galore.  The lessons gradually go from plainweave to twill to more complex structures like lacey weaves and overshot.  It's chock full of theory and examples, and even assigns homework.  The book is basically a beginning weaving course in text form.   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008 08:36:15 AM »

Chandler's book is gold!

but, if you want to start more simply, try finding the book "Weaving without a loom"
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