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« on: August 13, 2008 09:19:48 AM »

Weaving seems pretty fascinating. and relaxing.
 I was wondering if the loom or anything else you need to work is expensive? it depends on the kind? what kind of technique and/or loom would you recommend for a beginner?

« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2008 07:21:36 AM »

I don't know much about loom weaving, but I did briefly try some card "tablet"  weaving, which was very easy and inexpensive to learn

Tablet Weaving:  http://homepage.ntlworld.com/shelagh.lewins/shelagh/viking_textiles/TW01/TW01.htm

Finger weaving would be the cheapest and easiest thing to begin with.  Nothing but string and your God-given fingers to get started.

Finger Weaving/Knitting:  http://www.wikihow.com/Finger-Weave

My daughter and I just learned how do the finger weave/knit and have been experimenting with every possibility.  This brought me to loom knitting which is very similar to finger knitting.  I created an adjustable round/flat loom out of pens, rubberbands and beads that works great and cost very little.  The great thing is you can start flat and expand it as you learn.  You can also do basic weaving on the same parts (see the weaving link below.).

Here is a link to pics of our loom:  http://mieljolie.blogspot.com/2008/08/adjustable-round-knitting-loom.html

For more info:

Loom Knitting:  http://store.loomknit.com/instructions1.html
Weaving:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Harry-Potter-Scarf

Hope these links are helpful.  Good luck with whatever method you decide to go with.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2008 12:06:46 PM »

I use a rigid heddle - class was $375, loom was $250ish with occassional extra 10 for a new shuttle, yarn is yarn priced- you know how much it varies. I started spinning so I could have nicer yarn than I can afford to buy each time. (Spinning can be very cheap with bargain fiber and cd spindles.) There are both cheaper and more expensive rigid heddles if you look around. Mine folds which adds cost and is 24" (more than 10, 12 or 16 but less than 36). Extra heddles run about 30 I think, but you don't really need them for a perfectly good weave.

I think the minimum price goes more toward a thousand if you want a loom with shafts. Plus I don't know the cost of the little parts

I found the class invaluable, but I wanted a social event as much as a new hobby. I did not plan to buy the loom and keep going, since I bought a slightly used loom I got it with a case, and pickup sticks. I also bought a stand for $100. People in class who tried to weave without a stand did less homework than people with stands. Maybe the people who bought stands were more serious, but maybe it was just less of a pain in the petooka to use the loom.

I also tried weave-it. You can get a kit from Lacis rather than pay for a "vintage" weave-it.This is more like 15 dollars. You end up with squares that you attach. The idea is pretty ingenious, the warp is put 1/2 way on, and then 1/2 of the weft and the second half of the ward and then you weave in the last 1/2 of the weft. You do much less weaving up and down with a needle than you would with a traditional potholder kit. (1/2) You can make larger squares, triangles and rectangles, but you can't just keep going and make yards of fabric.

Hope this helps
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2008 12:12:19 PM »

tablet seems interesting, i guess I did some kind of similar stuff in middle school, if I remember. pom poms maybe?

finger weaving would be nice if my fingers were god-given. sadly they were given to me by Saytan himself.  Tongue I mean my fingers are...weird.  Embarrassed plus I already do crochet and the final result seems basically the same. except if that I did it without a hook it would suck cos of my fingers are working for the dark side.  Roll Eyes

it's loom, really, that seems to be the most interesting-because I have a thing for uhm...sticks/shuttles. i wanna be penelope.which is probably what i will be since I will make a mess of it and will have to do it again.


of course it  is the hardest and most expensive I guess?  Grin

thanks for all your kind infos.

« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2008 12:15:07 PM »

thousands.  Lips sealed

weaving is basically the craft of queens. and now I get why.

i guess I will have to wait a bit.  Smiley i'll stick with my plebean crochet and needlework.  Tongue

but maybe one day, when I get a job, and a house and...well instead of eating I will buy a loom LOL.


« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2008 12:24:54 PM »

thousands.  Lips sealed

weaving is basically the craft of queens. and now I get why.

i guess I will have to wait a bit.  Smiley i'll stick with my plebean crochet and needlework.  Tongue

but maybe one day, when I get a job, and a house and...well instead of eating I will buy a loom LOL.

Or, end up building your own.  I've seen fairly large looms made from PVC pipe.  Smiley  Eventually I will get brave (or bored) enough to attempt a large scale DIY weaving loom.  I'll stick with my playing card tablets for now.  I will someday get up to enough cards to make something close to a foot wide.


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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2008 12:44:15 PM »

Also check to see if there is a Handweaver's Guild in your area.  If you join, guilds often rent looms and other fiber equipment (warping boards, shuttles, reeds, etc.) for a modest monthly fee. 

My guild rents Schacht Baby Wolfs for only $12 per month!  Not too shabby.   Wink

I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's me with some yarn on my head.

Etsyness:  http://WhirligigYarns.etsy.com

Bloggity:  http://whirligigyarns.blogspot.com
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008 07:30:28 AM »

You can make your own frame loom they are cheep and simple to use. Check out the new Craft: magizine they have a lot about weaving with out a loom. You can also weave on a chunk of cardboard with notches. http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/weave.htm

http://www.kbbspin.org/  used equipment
also check ebay and creigs list

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylacrawford/ pictures. When words only get in the way
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