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Easy Weaving with Little Looms


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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Henry with his little pie and pin-loom bunting. (Photo by Shawn Salley)Photo by Shelly SalleyI’ve heard it said that putting together a big project such as a magazine is like giving birth, and last year while working on the 2017 issue of Easy Weaving with Little Looms, I put that idea to the test. With just a few articles left to edit, I stopped work on the issue a bit earlier than planned to give birth to my son, Henry. I can now definitively say that while I am very proud of both accomplishments, the two are nothing alike. For one thing, you rarely lose sleep after your magazine is born.I’m happy to say I worked on Little Looms 2018 from start to finish. This year’s issue began with choosing…

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RIGID-HEDDLE LOOMTAPESTRY LOOMPIN LOOMA-TISKET, A-TASKET BASKETWEAVE COWL BY DEBORAH BAGLEY P. 48WARP: 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 the weft is packed is measured…

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rigid-heddle basics

Schacht Flip LoomAshford SampleIt LoomLoomsToday’s rigid-heddle looms are simple but powerful weaving machines. Sturdy, affordable, and versatile, these looms are designed for anywhere weaving. Choose from compact non-folding models, such as the Ashford SampleIt, or deeper folding looms, such as the Schacht Flip. Select your loom’s width according to how much space you have, how often you’ll plan to move it, and (of course) how wide you expect your weaving projects to be.Schacht Cricket Warping PegWarping PegDirect warping lets you warp your loom easily and minimize loom waste. To measure the warp, you need a warping peg that clamps to your counter or furniture. Attach your peg to a spot that is at the right distance from the back of your loom, and measuring the warp will be a cinch.Kromski…

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beyond the basics

Handywoman Rigid-Heddle Boat ShuttlesBoat ShuttlesNothing helps you get in the weaving groove like a well-made shuttle that flies through the shed. Boat shuttles hold bobbins that keep yarn at the ready and release it easily so you don’t have to unwind your shuttle with every pick.Kromski Pick-Up StickPick-Up StickA simple stick with a crisp edge and beveled end is the key to unlocking the patterning power of a rigid-heddle loom. The most useful pick-up sticks measure about 6" longer than the width of your heddle, which gives you room to hold them and manipulate them through your warp. Experiment to discover whether a wider or narrower pick-up stick suits you best.Kromski Weaver’s Choice HeddleVariable-Dent ReedsVariable-dent reeds make the rigid-heddle loom a little less rigid by allowing you to mix different…

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get hooked

Schacht Threading HookHeddle-Threading HookThe heddle-threading hook is the most basic threading hook and the one that probably comes with your loom. One end features a small hook, while the other has an easy-to-grip wood or plastic handle. The hook is the perfect size and width to carefully slip yarns through the slots and holes of your loom, no matter what brand you have.Ashford Reed and Heddle HookHalcyon Yarn Engraved Brass HookDouble-Ended HookThese threading hooks have a traditional heddle threading hook on one end and a reed or slot hook on the other. The larger slot hook gives you more control over the thread and makes threading large or slippery yarns straightforward. However, not all double-ended hooks will fit the slots and holes of all looms, so make sure you ask…

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wandering through the wools

Universal Yarn’s DK Deluxe and Halcyon Yarn’s Victorian Bouclé woven in log cabin.DELUXE DK SUPERWASH AND MOHAIR BOUCLÉFor my first sample, I used a combination of Universal Yarn’s Deluxe DK superwash and Halcyon’s Victorian Bouclé to weave log cabin sett at 10 ends per inch (epi). The Deluxe is a knitting yarn, so it is quite elastic and requires care when measuring the warp and placing the weft. On the shuttle carrying both the Deluxe and the bouclé, I found that the difference in elasticity between the two yarns did slow down my weaving as I paused to even up the two strands.I finished this sample by hand-washing it in warm water with some agitation so as not to damage the mohair bouclé. If you were using only the Deluxe…