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Easy Weaving with Little Looms

Easy Weaving with Little Looms 2017

With weaving patterns for gorgeous rigid-heddle projects, ideas for using fun pin loom squares, and directions for creating your own woven tapestry wall hangings, Easy Weaving with Little Looms has everything you need to get started weaving.

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1 min.
we’d rather be weaving

Looms seem to be multiplying in the Interweave office. The knitters have rigid-heddle looms, the crocheters have pin looms, the creative director has a new tapestry loom, the publisher is learning inkle weaving. It’s not just us, either! Weaving is busting out all over. The 2016 issue of Easy Weaving with Little Looms received such a warm welcome that another installment was as irresistible to create as a new set of dishtowels is to weave. In addition to projects from dead-simple to positively adventurous, you’ll find articles that inspire your creativity, open your eyes, and expand your expectations of what your loom can do. Weavers, on your marks! We’ve got warps to wind and picks to pass. Let’s get weaving. Happy weaving! Associate Editor, Weaving Content Strategist, Spinning & Weaving…

1 min.
• welcome to • weaving

RIGID-HEDDLE LOOM TAPESTRY LOOM For directions on fixing a broken warp thread, hemstitching, joining pin-loom squares, and more, visit www.interweave.com PIN LOOM WARP: The set of yarns held under tension on the loom. WEFT: The yarn that passes back and forth, over and under the warp threads. SHED: The space that the weft passes through, created by the raised and lowered warp threads. SETT: How closely the warp threads are spaced, expressed in ends per inch (epi). On a rigid-heddle loom, this is determined by the spacing of the slots and holes in the heddle. On a pin loom or frame loom, it is determined by how closely the pins or notches are placed. SELVEDGE: The outer edge of the weaving where the weft turns to pass back through the warp threads. PICK: One pass of the weft. How densely…

5 min.
rigid-heddle roundup

Swatch Makers Sampling lets you test how different yarns work together when woven and how the finished cloth will react after wet-finishing. If you don’t want to warp up your rigid-heddle loom for sampling, swatch makers like these from Purl & Loop let you weave sample after sample in a fraction of the time—and using a fraction of the yarn. Swatch makers come in a variety of sizes and setts so you can choose the one that makes the most sense for the types of projects you weave. They’re also fun looms in their own right and the perfect size for taking on an airplane, to the DMV, or anywhere else you fancy! Foldable Loom Traveling with your weaving is easier than ever with a foldable loom such as the Kromski Harp Forte.…

1 min.
choices & surprises

Choosing yarns for rigid-heddle weaving doesn’t have to be difficult . . . because the choices are almost endless. In general, all yarn can be used for weaving on a rigid-heddle loom—it’s all in how you use and mix it. Sampling is a rigid-heddle weaver’s best friend. A weaving teacher once said, “You can use anything in the weft,” but sometimes the warp can be a little trickier. We asked author and teacher Stephanie Flynn Sokolov for some of her favorite rule-breaking yarns. Stephanie’s best tip? “Know your equipment and what it can do.” She also recalls a word of wisdom from weaving author and designer Jane Patrick: Place a nubby, fragile, or very hairy yarn in the slots of the heddle, using a smoother yarn for the holes. 1. FAVORITE ALL-AROUND YARN Wool/silk…

2 min.
• anything but • plain weave

Color-and-Weave 1. SMALL SQUARES This color-and-weave technique creates a pattern of small squares perfect for playing with contrasting yarns. To create the gridded pattern, warp the loom with one color and then weave with two colors in the weft: the same color as the warp and a second contrasting color. You can take this pattern further by using different sizes of yarns in the weft or adding a third (or even fourth!) color to the weft. Just make sure every other pick matches your warp color. 2. CHECKED PATTERN To create this checked pattern, warp the loom with four ends of coral followed by four ends of a darker variegated yarn, repeating across the warp. Then weave so the weft follows the same color order as the warp, creating squares on the cloth. The…

2 min.
pin-loom tools of the trade

Tool Case This sweet little tool case from Sublime Stitching is the perfect way to hold your pin-loom weaving tools when you’re on the go. It’s just the right size for a small pair of embroidery scissors, a small weaving comb, tapestry needles, and other small notions you may need. The cute case comes in four different designs and measures just 2." x 4.", making it just the right size for slipping into a back pocket or purse. MANUFACTURER CONTACTS Cocoknits: knit@cocoknits.com, www.cocoknits.com Purl & Loop: 2315 Commerce Suite A, Houston, TX 77002. (713) 545-2450, www.purlandloop.com Sublime Stitching: PO Box 39A47, Los Angeles, CA 90039. info@sublimestitching.com, www.sublimestitching.com Weaving Comb Forget forks—weaving combs are the perfect way to pack yarns into place when weaving on a pin loom. This weaving comb from Purl & Loop has a wide…