Little Looms

Little Looms Summer 2020

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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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…

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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…

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looms on the go

When it comes to weaving on the go, frame looms can’t be beat. The term “frame loom” is often used as a catchall term for several types of rectangular looms that hold warp in place on the top and bottom. Mostly used to do tapestry-style weaving with a focus on hand-manipulation techniques, these little looms come in a variety of sizes, with many small enough to throw into a tote bag. The Basic The most basic version of the frame loom looks very much like a picture frame with teeth, pins, or holes on the top and bottom that hold the warp in place. Unless you use string heddles to lift the warp ends, each end needs to be picked up by hand while carefully placing the weft. While this might sound…

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mount wilson shawl

Mount Wilson is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just 17 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. This shawl is a perfect extra layer for adventures up or around this 7,073-foot peak, or wherever your travels may take you. The colors were inspired by Mount Wilson’s Aztec sandstone cliffs. The cliffs’ brilliant orange, red, and brown colors were created by exposure to the elements over time, oxidizing the iron in the sandstone. MATERIALS Type of Project: Pin Loom STRUCTURE Plain weave. EQUIPMENT 2" elongated hexagon pin loom (weaving area 2¾" x 5"); 5" weaving needle; size G-6/4 mm crochet hook or a 4 mm locker hook; packing comb or fork; tapestry needle. YARNS Warp and Weft: Superwash worsted (100% Merino; 200 yd/4 oz; SweetGeorgia Yarns), Birch, 185 yd; Tumbled Stone, 122 yd; Cocoa,…

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amethyst shawl

Amethyst is one of the few gemstones that benefits aesthetically from impurities in the stone and inconsistency of color. With colors from deep violet to milky lilac, interrupted occasionally by flecks and bands of white, amethyst crystals beckon you to look closer. In her amethyst-inspired shawl, Tammy Bast used the colors of amethyst combined with a geometric leno design to mimic these beloved gems. MATERIALS Type of Project: Rigid Heddle STRUCTURE Plain weave and leno lace. EQUIPMENT Rigid-heddle loom, 19" weaving width; 10-dent heddle; 2 shuttles. YARNS Warp: Flyss (65% silk /35% linen; 437 yd/3.5 oz; Hand Maiden), Amethyst, 106 yd. Bloom (64% kid mohair/36% silk; 437 yd/1.75 oz; Hand Maiden), Amethyst, 400 yd. Weft: Flyss, Amethyst, 282 yd. Bloom, Amethyst, 45 yd. Note: Bloom is only available as part of Hand Maiden’s Glow Bundle…