WOOHOO! I BOUGHT MYSELF A LOOM!
Crap. Now what?
I’ve been obsessed with weaving for a number of years now – anyone remember this coaster weaving video from 2013? Shortly after that I learned that my maternal grandmother and paternal great grandmother were all weavers with their MASSIVE looms, stripping down old clothes and making linen from flax from their farm. YES. THEY GREW FLAX SEEDS AND TURNED IT INTO LINEN! CRAZY! I mean check out that photo below of the rug (actually intended to be a bed cover) my great grandmother made. Gorgeous isn’t it?
(No you aren’t seeing double – same room, different set up. The studio turned into the nursery, and now my downstairs studio looks absolutely pathetic, which is why you’ve never seen it and I rarely work in it). Anyway, so I kinda feel like weaving is in my blood, ya know?
My first introduction to weaving with a loom was at a weaving workshop where I made the weaving in the top photo for squirrelly babe when I was 8 months pregnant. Even though I was hooked I didn’t do it again cause, ya know, newborn babe and all. Not until I got my hands on a MASSIVE loom last May and got to try using pedals and all that good stuff. But then I didn’t do it again. No good excuse this time. Then yesterday I thought “I want to make a woven pillow case”. I was about to ask my friend if I could borrow hers but thought I’d try a local second hand app instead. 38×38 loom, $15! SOLD!
I won’t lie, I’m totally intimidated. I never warped a loom before, and now I’m just staring at a frame of wood with not much else. So I will youtubing TONS and check out all sorts of how to’s and easy projects. If you have any tips, PLEASE send them my way. If you’re in the same boat as me, enjoy these links!
- Okay, I think The Weaving Loom is going to get a HUGE bump in traffic, because imma gonna go there all da time. Especially the first time I warp my frame loom.
- This is a good beginners tutorial for a wall weaving (though I don’t anticipate doing many of those.
- Okay, Loom & Spindle is another new favourite site. Check out that “Anatomy of a Wall Hanging” on the bottom of the page.
- Eventually I plan to weave a rug, though it won’t be as special as the ones my g-ma’s made.
- Or a tapestry. Hmmm…this post is making me think I need a stand for my massive frame loom.
- So THIS is how angles and shapes are woven!
- It’s all about adding some texture.
Any of you out there weave? Tell me all about it! Like how it’s totally not scary, right?