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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.pl anetfishdesign.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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