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« on: October 13, 2011 12:27:13 PM »

I've wanted to start weaving for a while, however when I go to purchase a loom I get overwhelmed by how many options there are. Any tips about how to pick one would be amazing, or a specific name. Thanks  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011 02:06:21 PM »

What do you want to make?  This will really drive your purchase.

I like a 4 shaft table loom with an 18-20 in width for a first loom - very versatile.  good for place mats, napkins, scarves, and table runners.  you can even do some clothing at that width. 

Look for something that is portable so you can take it to classes, unless you live near PA and take classes at The Mannings you are going to need to bring your own loom.  Also, I love this book:
http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Weave-Deborah-Chandler/dp/159668139X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323295002&sr=1-2  you should be able to get it at the library.

But I'm biased - that is what I learned to weave on, and my mother's loom is now my loom - she didn't upgrade past that loom for almost 30 years - there is lots you can do on a loom like that.

If money is a concern - go for a ridged heddle loom - they are more versatile than you think.
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