The Beginning

Just a couple definitions for those  new to weaving

Warp: the yarn attached to the loom and held under tension during the weaving.

Weft: the thread that is woven side to side, over and under the warp.

As usual, I jump into things head first.  I bought a few books off Amazon, ordered a loom and its accompaniments, and some yarn.  I really should learn to slow down and do more investigating before I start collecting.  The first book that I used was Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler, published by Interweave Publishing.   It is a good book to get if you plan on regular weaving and using a table or floor loom.  It talks about the different types of looms and the different types of weaves.  The weaving process is explained clearly as well as the different types of yarn characteristics.  The drafting of designs is also explained. I like the book and would recommend it because it does contain a wealth of information.  It gives a good basic foundation.  I used it for my first project, a table runner,  but haven’t really used it since because I am more interested in tapestry weaving which is a little different from standard fabric weaving.

I purchased a Schacht Tapestry Loom.  It is a continuous warp with tension loom.  The warp is wrapped around the loom in one piece.  It has four  heddle bars which allows for good flexibility in creating sheds.  This is good for standard fabric weaving.  I used them for the first project but, in the tapestry work I have done I since, I have not used them.  I personally found the heddle making a little difficult. Because it is a continuous warp you have to space the warp ends yourself which can be difficult especially while learning. The loom is good and sturdy and reasonably priced as looms go. Unless you are doing tapestry, I would recommend a small table loom to start with  something like the Schacht Cricket Loom.  I still may someday get one myself.  Mirrix looms seem to be good for tapestry work, although the cost is a little higher.  I suggest that you do a good amount of research before investing in any loom.

I purchased some cotton yarn for the warping for my project and used the same yarn for the weft.  Still trying to learn about yarn and its different characteristics.  Probably should have invested more time in learning that aspect to start with. As you can tell by the shortness of this paragraph I still have a long way to go to understanding the different threads and yarns.

Next Entry I will start showing pictures and explaining what I have done, both bad and good.  See you then!

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