Weaving is a work of mindfulness, of taking time to give attention to the details that will contribute to the woven piece’s unity. Anonymous
So when you are a fiberarts enthusiast who crochets, knit sand spins, the next most logical step is weaving. For me personally weaving has been the last missing piece in my crafting life and truly the next step needed to be fully rounded in the fiberarts.
About a month ago when visiting my favorite go to yarn shop, Fiber Creek, I decided to take the plunge and ordered a 30” Schacht Flip Loom and stand. I decided on this particular loom after much research, talking with friends who weave and talking to Carma, the shop owner. I wanted something that I could weave fabric on but that was still easy to manage. I also wanted something that could be portable, which this loom offers.
THE SCHACHT FLIP FOLDING RIGID HEDDLE LOOM
Flip, our folding rigid heddle loom, is comfortable, compact, sturdy, and a pleasure to weave on. Designed for high performance, this loom folds in a jiffy for storage or transport. Weave in comfort. Choose three different weaving modes: use the rear leg for hooking to a table edge, clamp it to a table for stand-up weaving, or install it on our convenient trestle stand. Warp in a flash. With the Flip Bag, you can easily take Flip along with you. – Schacht Website
I picked up my loom last weekend and I’m so excited about weaving!!! I have warped my loom with a lovely silk/linen blend yarn by Juniper Moon Farms called Pollock in the colorway Grayed Rainbow and have started a scarf.
I have placed my loom in our sitting room, where all my wheels are located and where I spin. It’s larger than I anticipated put when I’m not weaving I can gently slide it back into the corner to provide a little extra room.
There are so many new things to learn about weaving and so man techniques. I wanted to start with something simple, so a scarf seemed the way to go. I am learning how to keep my edges smooth and not to weave too tight. This is slow going but I want to learn and not to be in a rush about it, after there’s not a race going on. The only challenge is consistency, but like anything new you learn, it takes time, patience and perseverance.
I decided to use bamboo mats for winding the warp, which was a suggestion in a book I own called Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom
by Syne Mitchell. It really is a good tip and I like the mats much better than paper as it seems to hold the warp more evenly. After this project has been completed, I plan to make a set of kitchen towels in vibrant southwest colors.
So, have any of you gone down the path of weaving?
Until next time, be creative!