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 Post subject: Weaving (like on a loom)?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:08 am 
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So I've been interested in textiles and looms in general for years. After a recent visit to a store that sells looms, I realized there are smaller, portable looms. I never knew!

I ordered a Rigid Heddle loom and it should be here on Friday. I also ordered "Learning to Weave". The examples are shown on a larger floor loom but I don't think that will stop me.

Does anyone else do any weaving? Any resources? Tips? Tricks?

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You are cute.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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Dude! Pretty much any moment that I have free I am weaving! If you can find a class, take it. Also, ashford has some great tutorials. I started in a rigid heddle 10 inch loom in January and I now have three more looms, a tapestry, Navajo and a 36" rigid heddle. I have also taken a floor loom class, but I don't have the money or space for a floor loom yet. What are you looking to do? I mostly make wall hanging/fiber art kind of stuff. I have sold a few pieces. There is so much you can do with weaving. The first thing I did was make a scarf and I was totally hooked. Are we friends on Facebook? My website with some of my weaving stuff is www.nativetextile.com (not vegan as I use wool)


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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Lycophyte, you are so getting a scarf! Scarves for all!

Littlebear, we are FB friends and I've seen some of your stuff! I like. Although I like artistic weaving, I am interested in things like scarves, blankets, placemats, maybe small rugs, etc. I bought a scarf kit (hand dyed cotton) when I was in Asheville this past weekend and talked to the store I was in about looming.

I'm excited. I did tell my husband that if I like weaving as much as I think I will, I will want a floor loom.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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The 36" rigid heddle I have you can make larger things, like rugs, blankets, etc as well as scarves and place mats. It also have a kit so you can have two sheds and make more of a design. You can also use shed sticks, but that is a huge pain for a large project. Floor looms are awesome for making intricate designs. Honestly, the most difficult thing is warping he loom, after that it is all fun!


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Lycophyte, you are so getting a scarf! Scarves for all!

Littlebear, we are FB friends and I've seen some of your stuff! I like. Although I like artistic weaving, I am interested in things like scarves, blankets, placemats, maybe small rugs, etc. I bought a scarf kit (hand dyed cotton) when I was in Asheville this past weekend and talked to the store I was in about looming.

I'm excited. I did tell my husband that if I like weaving as much as I think I will, I will want a floor loom.


I just looked at my schedule that I haven't been using due to Govt shutdown. I was totally supposed to be working @ the Folk Art Center when you guys were there.

(looming is creepy. its weaving :p)

One of my exes went to school for weaving. She liked to weave out of random weird things, like using old cassette tapes.

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I posted this on FB but this is my completed project. The first part of the scarf shows a lot more imperfections than the end
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... a67c06c746

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That's lovely! If you decide to sell any, let me know!

I should get back into knitting.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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For now, I'm just learning but if I get good enough, I'd like to sell. It was pretty fun.

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I have my next project planned from some yarn I had originally planned to knit with. It will be an rusty orange type scarf. I'll prep it tonight.

My cousin emailed me about the scarf. She said a friend of her is obsessed with woven baby wraps. Her friend wanted to know how difficult it is to start and what not. I gave her an estimated cost for a loom and she said her friend said that people pay up to $1500 for woven baby wraps. WHAT?! Crazy.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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Very cool Linanil! I'd like to get into weaving one day. Can you use basically any type of yarn with your loom?


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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Pretty much but the yarn thickness for the warp (the thread that is pre-wound on loom) needs to somewhat match the size of the heddle. I have a 10 dent heddle for now which equates to wrapping a piece of yarn around a ruler 10 times and it being an inch long. Smaller dent heddles mean thicker yarn, larger dent heddles mean thinner yarn although you can also use mismatched heddles to create denser fabric (thicker yarn with a smaller dent heddle) or less dense fabric (thinner yarn with a larger dent heddle).

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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I've also found that you want to use a yarn that is two ply. If you use a single ply yarn it can get warn down as you beat the weft and cause breakage. I would imagine that would be really problematic on large scarves, on smaller scale stuff I can just tie in another warp thread.


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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Thanks to you both for the info. I shied away from fibre arts in the past because I figured wool was so integral, but obviously there are vegan options.
Now, I ought to see if there are some books on weaving at my local library.


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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I do use wool, but there are tons of vegan options! Cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, paper, steel and silver (habu yarn). The biggest thing is to make sure your warp is strong. Wool is awesome to work with, but it isn't the only option.


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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Yeah you will see a lot of wool used as an example but cotton and bamboo seem to be a big contender. I am interested in hemp as well but right now I'm mostly working with cotton. I'd also like to make a rag rug sometime in the future (think I need a big loom for that) where basically you weave strips of fabric.

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For a long time I have been toying around with the idea of weaving with spices, bay leave, cayenne peppers, thyme, rosemary, etc. to keep in a kitchen. I would use either organic cotton or wool so that once all the spices were taken from the weaving you could compost the warp.


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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That sounds interesting, I think dried lavender would be interesting as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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One of my exes majored in textile arts at one point and is a trained weaver, specializing in weird asparagus fabrics. Her favorite thing was using old VCR or cassette tape as one of the yarns. That is, of course, better for use as a placemat and not clothes.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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That sounds pretty awesome. I just finished using sequins in my weaving.


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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I've been weaving but sometimes I feel like I have been unweaving more than I'm weaving! I try not to be too perfectionist but if I see something that would bother me in the finish product, I unweave. I haven't gotten too fancy as I'm still working on basic technique.

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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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What are you working on?


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 Post subject: Re: Weaving (like on a loom)?
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I'm just doing another scarf. I've been using scarves to experiment a bit but this scarf is made with the hand dyed yarn I bought in asheville so I'm being a bit more careful about mistakes :)

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