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« on: May 11, 2006 01:53:50 PM »

Hi All,

Was wondering how all of you crafty gals learned to weave. Are there any informative websites? It seems when I google weaving there are a bunch of websites with no pictures, and I need pictures to learn! Smiley

Any suggestions for an affordable table loom with a width of about 12 inches?

Sigh. first crocheting, knitting, spinning, and now this.

I love yarn.

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006 05:22:56 PM »

try looking for books at your local library.  A lot of the websites seem to assume you already have a clue what you are doing.  At least the library won't cost you anything...

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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2006 02:59:56 PM »

all my library has are quilting books- not intrested here! humph.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2006 02:55:50 PM »

I know what ya mean... it's like the downward spiral into total craftoblivion.  hehe  When I learned how to weave, the lady at the lys recommended a book by Deborah Chandler called Learning to Weave.  It has everything you need to know to get started - warping, winding on, repair broken warp threads, basic weaving patterns, etc.  It even mentions doubleweave (making two layers of fabric connected on one side so you've got fabric that's double the width of your loom!).  It was a great starter book.  Just speaking as somebody who's searched for good weaving patterns for YEARS online with little success, I would totally go for a book instead of trying to learn off a website. 

Also, another ok book (not really much instruction, just ideas) is The Ashford Book of Weaving for Knitters by Rowena Hart.  It's got some beginner projects in it and it might help use up some of your knitting stash - I'm trying to learn to combine "knitting yarn" and "weaving yarn" so I don't have to have an entire closet for my stash. Wink

edit:  I just looked thru the Ashford book again and they apparently make the Ashford Knitters Loom that folds up so you can cart it around with you.  I have a floor loom, so I honestly can't tell you what's good in the way of table looms, but this might be a neat option.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2006 10:04:19 PM »

I learned mainly from 2 books - "The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving" and "Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving." I have the Ashford rigid heddle loom and it was very easy to learn once I just jumped in there and tried it...I never could find any helpful websites.
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006 07:02:30 AM »



 I'm also learning how to weave.
 Been looking into rigid Heddle loom & new knitters loom. There are lots of beginner resources on www.interweave.com  look at the section with the handwoven magazine.
I found lots of helpful info under the resources section.

I actually make a small hand loom that weaves no sew pouches but that is as far as my weaving skills go. In my businesss I make natural fiber craft kits for kids because that's what level I'm on craft wise.
Maybe as I advance I'll make grown up kits. Ha Ha.

Excited about delving in to weaving larger pieces.

Please let us know what loom you decide on. I'm still trying to decide also,

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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2006 08:09:25 PM »

Also, check this thread for other suggestions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62582.0
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2006 02:37:36 PM »

Thank you all for your suggestions. I have heard great things about the Kromski rigid heddle loom, and the Ashford knitters loom, although the width of the Ashford isn't as wide as the Kromski. Both have the built in warping thingamajig.

I think I might order the book from Deborah Chandler. It sounds like a very helpful guide for a beginner.

Have you guys visited www.sweetgeorgia.planetfishdesign.com? Her beautiful pics of her weaving inspired me to start.

I'm still looking, I'll keep you guys updated! Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2006 01:40:00 AM »

I find this thread amusing, since weaving was my gateway craft.  I'm weird, I know, but I'd also suggest connecting with your local Guild - they usually have free demos, meetings, and lovely old biddies who love to tutor new weavers Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2006 07:17:40 AM »

I am learning how to weave from a lady who owns a weaving/yarn shop.  I found her by searching around on the internet.  I bet you could find someone near you, too!  I drive 40 min to get to her, but it's totally worth it!
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2006 08:31:35 PM »

Just an FYI for anyone stumbling across this thread (I realize it's old), the learning to Weave book is excellent, but it's aimed specifically for someone using a 4-harness table or floor loom, not a rigid heddle loom.  It would be worth getting is that is where you are headed, but I think it's usefulness would be quite limited with a RH loom.
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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2006 03:45:56 AM »

I learned from a friend in high school.

If you just want a small loom, we made our own (about 24 x 36 inches): a rectangular frame made from 1x2's (we used corner braces to keep the corners square) with small bright finish nails spaced at 1/4 inch across the top and bottom. 

Shuttles were made from paint stirrer sticks from K-Mart (notched ends to hold yarn, then sanded) and we used a wide-tooth comb to pack the weave.  Actual cost was about $8.

Now that you brought that up, I think I want to make a table loom again... haven't done any weaving in years.  My husband will kill me though, since I already have 16,000 UFO's.
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« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2006 11:53:41 PM »

Now that you brought that up, I think I want to make a table loom again... haven't done any weaving in years.  My husband will kill me though, since I already have 16,000 UFO's.

Well, one more won't hurt, really, then.  Cuz, what impact does 16,001 have? Grin
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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2006 08:41:36 PM »

I'm excited I just registered for my classes for next semester and signed up for a weaving and fiber arts class!!  I have been dying to take this class as the looms sit right in the middle of the hallway of the main art building and have been tempting me to take this class since my freshman year(I'm a Junior now)!!  I realized I have 3 semesters left so I better sign up for the class quick while i still can!!  Though I know it will only further my fiber obsession, first knitting, then spinning, and an attempt at learning crochet that hasnt yet progressed past the chain stitch but who knows... i am officially a fiber junkie
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2006 11:10:36 AM »

I was taking a fibers/weaving class at my school this semester Smiley
It was really informative, and it taught me a lot about different yarns/wools/etc. I really enjoyed it, and have even been thinking about getting a small loom Smiley
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