In my last post, I talked about my new found love for weaving. I'd thought I'd share what I've learned thus far, from a beginners perspective.
1. DIFFERENT LOOMS
When I first started out, I wanted to buy a loom (what you weave on) but when I looked them up on the internet, I got directed to giant (like the size of a smart car) sized looms. I was confused and eventually learned that there are several different kinds of looms. I still don't understand how the smart car looms work but I know they are for creating rugs, clothes, blankets, and other things that humans don't need to hand weave anymore. I eventually found what is commonly referred to as a "frame loom" or "lap loom". This is what I was looking for, and this is what most people who make hand-woven tapestries, weave on. My loom is from Lost Pond Looms on Etsy. If you're looking for a loom, Etsy is the place to find one. I've only used one loom so I can't recommend others but I'm going to add some of my favorite resources at the bottom of this post.
Tension has been my biggest enemy with weaving. Tension is how tight your yarn is stretched across your weaving. When you have good tension your weaving will turn out with straight edges and it won't pull in weird places; it should lay flat. Bad tension is when the weaving has curvy edges, has a wonky appearance, and instead of laying flat, puckers in odd places. I personally like weavings that have clean lines and look overall, very symmetrical. I've noticed that some weavers don't seem to care what their tension looks like but for me, it's a big deal. I'm still learning and experimenting how to weave in a way that will give me the best tension but it is a challenge!
Learning about weaving has been the biggest challenge with weaving. There just aren't that many resources. It's not a hugely popular thing anymore because like I said above, humans don't NEED to do it anymore, we have machines for that. But after lots of research I discovered a few people who also share the love of weaving and here's a list!
Hello & Welcome, I'm Cassidy.