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« on: November 10, 2005 09:19:45 AM »

Hey all,
Weaving looks like loads of fun. I was just wondering if you might be able to give a few recommendations on how to get started. I mean the basics here.
What do you need to get started?
Where can I buy a loom and materials?
What loom would you recommend for a beginner?
What kind of material would be best for a first project?
Are there any websites that you would recommend?
Any online stores?
Are there any books you could recommend?
It would be awesome if you could answer one or two questions!
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2005 11:37:15 AM »

I second these questions. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2005 06:45:39 PM »

You should definately go by your local library and check out some books on weaving. They will give you lots of indepth material and a lot of times there are a few pattern books that you can check out so you don't have to drop a lot of money right away. Another great resource would be to see if there is a local guild in your area. You could check the Handweaver's Guild of America (http://weavespindye.org/) for this info or check at the library. They might know. Wool is best (in my opinion) with for starting weaving because it's got enough give to it that it's easy to get a nice shed. I would start with a scarf or something basic like that. My first loom was a rigid heddle loom from the Woolery (http://woolery.com/) This is btw, a great store to order from! I now have a floor loom with a 45" weaving width. But you definately don't need something as big as that to weave on. I only got it because it was an AWESOME deal. Anyway, do a little research through some books on weaving at your library and this will give you a better grip on the whole subject so you can ask more questions  Cheesy Hope this helps!
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2005 12:00:43 PM »

Another thing to think about is what you want to make.  Your answer to that question will determine what kind of loom, and, to some extent, what other materials you need to get started.  Actually, you may not even need a formal loom, depending on your interests.

I completely second the use of the library and local guilds--great resources for local information.  If you're in Canada, check out http://www.the-gcw.org/reps.html  (Looks like you're pretty far north, beans.  Am I correct?)  In addition to having people resources, guilds often have their own lending libraries.

If you're looking into complex looms (which do more than plain weave--the over, under, over, under pattern), I've heard many people say they loved using the book Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler.  It's designed for use with looms with 4-harnesses.

I, myself, learned with cotton because it didn't stretch, which was good for the project I was making (a tote bag).

If you let us know what kind of projects interest you, we might be able to steer you in the right direction.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2005 12:56:44 PM »

Thanks for the info fiberangel and annalou.
I am pretty far north, my boyfriend is a teacher here, we just moved up here in august. It's been pretty fun.
Our library doesn't have much (read - anything on weaving), it's pretty small. I was looking at the list of books from the Guild of Canadian Weavers, and it's almost overwhelming, they have so much.
I'll definitely be looking for more information online and everything.
I think that I would want to start with smaller projects and I'm not sure I'd be able to spend the money on the shipping to get a large loom up here.
I don't mind buying a book or two, though, either.  Were there any books (or combination of books) that you found particularly helpful. From looking on amazon.ca, the book that most fit my search criteria was Deborah Chandler's Learning to Weave. Has anyone read it and found it very helpful?
Thanks again for the information, I am definitely going to keep researching this.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2005 01:55:13 PM »

Here's a bit more info to get you started:
http://www.allfiberarts.com/cs/weaveinfo.htm
(particularly, http://www.allfiberarts.com/library/aa99/aa051799.htm)

Building a simple loom:
http://www.hallnet.com/weave.html
http://www.marlamallett.com/loom.htm
The second one may not have as many diagrams, but it introduces the concept of heddles for a frame loom (meaning, you create the fabric with a bit less effort).

Many more sites are out there describing looms & weaving . . . enjoy!
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