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Easy Weaving with Little Looms

Easy Weaving with Little Looms

2019

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
F+W Media, Inc. - Magazines
Frequency:
One-off
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in this issue

2 min.
editorial

In this world of miniature supercomputers masquerading as phones and internet that’s available just about everywhere, it can be difficult to find a moment of true quiet. I’m not talking about mere relief from noise but a quiet of body and spirit when you’re relaxed and completely at ease. Sometimes, though, amid the hubbub, we can still find areas of respite, places where we can relax and enjoy life. This issue is dedicated to the places we go to find joy. The projects are divided into three sections inspired by locations we love: the mountains, the shore, and downtown. Each section is filled with projects designed to transport you. You’ll find warm scarves perfect for a weekend at a cozy cabin in the woods. If you prefer a trip to the…

1 min.
weaving

RIGID-HEDDLE LOOM TAPESTRY LOOM 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. On inkle looms and in card weaving, the yarns sett themselves without loom intervention. 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…

2 min.
rigid-heddle studio basics

Looms There are many rigid-heddle looms on the market, but which one is right for you? It all depends on what you want to weave and how you plan on using your loom. If you want to stick to narrow projects such as scarves, then a compact loom such as the Kromski Presto will work best for you, as a loom that is too wide can make weaving a little more difficult. If you prefer to weave projects such as table linens or pillows, you’ll need a wider loom such as the Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom. Also consider storage space, portability, and whether you’ll want extras such as a loom stand. Stick Shuttles Most rigid-heddle looms come with a stick shuttle, which is used to pass your weft yarn through the shed. Wind…

2 min.
what kind of rigid-heddle weaver are you?

Once you’ve got the basic tools you need to get started weaving on your rigid-heddle loom, it can be over-whelming to navigate all the “extras” available on the market. Do you need that variable-dent reed, or would a double heddle make more sense for you? What kind of shuttle should you use? One way to help with the decision-making is to figure out what kind of weaver you are based on the sorts of yarns and projects you prefer: Are you a Color Weaver, a Texture Weaver, or a Pattern Weaver? Most weavers are a mix of the three, but chances are, you’re dominant in one category or another. Take this quiz to find out where you fit! 1 You walk into a yarn store and have three choices. Which yarn(s)…

2 min.
color weaver

Color Grid If you’re not quite ready to immerse yourself in the study of color theory, the Color Grid from the Kangaroo Dyer will take away some of the guesswork. To use it, place the large circle over your chosen dominant color. Colors that match well with that color will appear in the smaller surrounding circles and good candidates for accent colors will appear in the rectangle below. Use the grid to pick a palette or to simply give you a better understanding of color. Swatch Loom If you’re not certain about a color combination, or if you want to see how a variegated yarn reacts in the warp or weft, you’ll want a swatch loom such as the Swatch Maker from Purl & Loop. Swatch looms let you weave small samples so…

2 min.
texture weaver

Variable-Dent Heddles If you want to play with textures and thicknesses of yarns in the warp, you’ll need a variable-dent heddle. These heddles come with modular sections of different setts so you can mix and match to create areas of thick or thin yarns. Schacht’s variable-dent reeds have convenient standard-width sections, while the Kromski Weaver’s Choice Heddle allows you to adjust the sett end by end. Wire Loop Threaders Thick or unusually textured yarns, such as ribbon or ladder yarns, don’t always play nice with traditional threading hooks. Threaders with wire loops either in place of or along with the threading hook make threading these yarns much easier. The wire loops hold yarn of just about any size and easily slide through slots and holes. Rug Shuttle Stick shuttles work great unless you’re weaving with…