Little Looms

Holiday 2021

Easy Weaving with Little Looms is a perennial favorite. By popular demand, it will now be available by subscription. Each issue will have the mix of 18–22 projects, techniques, and features you love, expanding the focus on fundamental weaving skills, creative inspiration, and innovative applications. Each issue is designed to have something for beginning and more experienced weavers. In addition to the core subjects of rigid-heddle and pin-loom weaving, Little Looms regularly includes projects and articles about tapestry, tablet weaving, and inkle weaving.

United States
Long Thread Media LLC
$19.98(Incl. tax)
$53.31(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min

IT WOULD NOT BE AN EXAGGERATION to say that over the past year, small looms have been my saving grace, at least as far as my creativity is concerned. Having two kids, one of whom is a baby, makes it nigh impossible to find extended periods of time to myself. I did, however, have short bursts of time, so in my free moments, I picked up a small loom and got to work. I’ve woven at swim lessons, at gymnastics practice, and even during staff meetings. Small looms are quick to warp, perfectly portable, and easy to pick up and put down as needed. With the holidays coming up, I’ll be turning to small looms for my handmade present and home décor needs. In this holiday issue of Easy Weaving with…

6 min
differential shrinkage

I wound a warp of handspun yarn with merino wool at the center and various blends of Shetland wool and alpaca at the edges. I hypothesized that as the different fibers were washed, they’d keep each other from shrinking too much—similar to my mixed-fiber sweaters, which blocked out beautifully. But knitting is elastic, and woven fabric is much less so. More importantly, wet-finishing woven fabric is often much more aggressive and involves more agitation than with handknits. Despite carefully wet-finishing, I ended up with ruffly selvedges that were difficult to tame. I was intrigued with what had gone wrong. I wondered how I could avoid making the same mistake the next time and how I might be able to use the different fibers’ shrinkage to my advantage. I’d inadvertently stumbled upon the…

3 min
fancy findings

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2 min
inventive weaving on a little loom

The question I get asked most by new rigid-heddle weavers is probably, “Which loom should I get?” The next question—and the one that’s much easier to answer—is, “What book will teach me to weave on a rigid-heddle loom?” While there are many excellent rigid-heddle weaving books available, very few provide the basics of weaving: the parts of the loom and what they do, descriptions and explanations of how to use various weaving tools, how to warp, and how to weave. Thank goodness for Syne Mitchell and her exceptional book Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom. For brand-new weavers who are still learning warp from weft, this book is exactly what the doctor ordered. The reason I recommend this book first and foremost is it has no expectations of the reader except,…

5 min
brown sheep yarns

Brown Sheep Company specializes in wool yarns and wool blends, and as merchandising director, I get to try them all. Many of Brown Sheep’s knitting and crochet yarns also work well for weaving. The company offers a myriad of multicolored handpainted yarns I love to use for simple weaves, along with hundreds of solid-colored options for more complex weaving. Note: All the samples were finished in the same way: by soaking them in a room-temperature bath for 20–30 minutes and then laying them flat to dry. THE YARNS: LANALOFT Lanaloft is a classic singles wool yarn—the single-ply nature of this yarn gives it a little extra squish, spring, and character that isn’t found in a plied yarn with the same fiber content. Because the yarn is 100% natural wool, it will full, so…

5 min
scissors, shears, and snips

If you narrow the search to “best scissors for weaving” or “best scissors for sewing” or even “best scissors for embroidery,” the options are equally boggling. Scissors, like “best kitchen knife” or even “best toothbrush,” are a personal choice. The shears may be on the table, but they are hidden under a cloth or behind a basket. I know where they are, but they are not in plain sight, so casual interlopers (usually) can’t find them. While pondering this question, I looked around my workroom to determine which scissors are my best. I have no fewer than 10 pairs on various surfaces, ready to be grabbed at any moment. There are the large scissors on the worktables (I have three tables so that makes three pairs). They are shears rather than scissors:…