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Little Looms Summer 2020

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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.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Long Thread Media LLC
Frequency:
Quarterly
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editorial

This past summer, I was lucky enough to see a superbloom of epic proportions. For those who don’t know, a superbloom is a somewhat rare desert occurrence. After a particularly wet autumn or winter, formerly dormant wildflower seeds seem to germinate and spring up all at once. I’ve seen a few during my time in New Mexico but not one like this. As we drove over a mountain pass, the desert suddenly erupted in bright yellows and oranges as fields of Mexican gold poppies came into view. My husband and I parked by the side of the road and joined others taking photos of the fields of flowers. It was breathtaking and an amazing reminder of exactly how magical and beautiful nature is. Of course, living in New Mexico, I’m constantly…

1 min.
weaving

Whether you’ve been weaving a while or are picking up a loom for the first time, here are some terms you need to know to make sense of the patterns that follow. RIGID-HEDDLE LOOM TAPESTRY LOOM PIN LOOM WARP: The set of yarns held under tension on the loom. Each warp thread is called an end. WEFT: The yarn that passes back and forth, over and under the warp ends. SHED: The space that the weft passes through, created by the raised and lowered warp ends. SETT: How closely the warp ends 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.…

2 min.
rigid-heddle basics

Want to start weaving on a rigid-heddle loom but don’t know what you need to get going? These are the basic pieces of equipment required for rigidheddle weaving. Don’t let the word “basic” fool you, though. With these simple tools you can create amazing complex cloth. Looms When it comes to looms, size matters, but probably not in the way you might think. Bigger isn’t always better. To pick the right loom, consider not only the size of the projects you want to weave, but the size of your weaving space. If you only want to weave scarves, consider a narrow loom such as the Kromski Presto. If you want to weave yardage for clothing, shawls, or even table linens, you’ll want a loom with wider sizes such as the Ashford Rigid…

2 min.
beyond the basics

Once you have the basics covered, start thinking about tools that will make warping and weaving easier. You don’t need these tools to weave, it’s true, but once you have them, you’ll wonder how you managed without them. Swift Many high-end yarns come packaged as skeins, but a skein needs to be unwound and rewound into a ball or onto a bobbin. Swifts, such as the Knitter’s Pride Signature Swift, hold skeins open and rotate so the yarn doesn’t tangle as it unwinds. Ball Winder Winding a ball by hand can be done, but it’s tedious. A ball winder, especially when used in conjunction with a swift, makes it possible to wind a skein of yarn into a center-pull ball in a matter of minutes. While most ball winders are hand-powered, some, such as…

6 min.
build your skills

Once you’ve got the basics covered, you can start thinking about expanding your weaving repertoire, skills, and tools. The best way to pick the right “extras” for your studio is to think about what you want to weave and what skills you want to build. IF YOU WANT TO experiment with thick or highly textured yarns, you’ll want to try . . . Variable-Dent Heddles These heddles let you have multiple setts along the length of your heddle, thanks to removable, adjustable modular sections. This means you can warp your loom with yarns both thick and thin without having to worry about your fabric being too dense or too open where you change yarns. Schacht’s variable-dent reeds use standard-width sections, while the Kromski Weaver’s Choice heddle lets you determine the sett end by end. Wire…

6 min.
shifting colors

Color, color, color, any way you want it. Variegated, self-striping, slow-color-change, solid, space-dyed—the list of colorful yarns goes on and on. Weavers are lucky to have this rainbow of fiber to choose from, but how you use a specific yarn can be critical to a happy result. For this article, I wove with four multicolored yarns, each dyed in a different style. Choosing just one way to weave with each was impossible, as all four would work well as warp, weft, or both, by themselves or incorporated with other yarns. To narrow my study, I decided to weave samples as though I was preparing to weave a scarf. My goal wasn’t necessarily to get a balanced weave, and in some cases, I even wanted the weft to disappear as much…