Overcome 3 Common Challenges in Learning How to Weave on Loom
By Anita Osterhaug, Weaving Today editor
The weaver’s first challenge is to know and love your loom. Whether it’s an inkle loom, a rigid-heddle loom, or a fancy floor loom with multiple shafts, learning how to weave on the type of loom that's right for you is the key to weaving success. Of the many types of looms available, which is best for you? How does your loom work, and what can you weave with it? Here are some resources to help you get the most out of your weaving loom, with instructions on everything from loom mechanics to warping a loom and weaving techniques plus pattern books that will show you the many design possibilities of the looms you have.
Choosing and Using a Weaving Loom1. The first big challenge for a loom owner is choosing the right loom for your weaving interests. There are so many types of looms: table and floor looms; jack, counterbalance and countermarch looms from many different manufacturers. How to choose? In The Loom Owner’s Companion, Tom Knisely explains the workings, advantages, and capabilities of many loom types and models, and shares maintenance and weaving tips to get the most from each.
2. The second challenge is warping a loom. In her videos Warping Your Loom and Weaving Well, master weaver and teacher Madelyn van der Hoogt shows you how to warp and weave serenely. Madelyn’s time-tested, simple warping and weaving instructions make for tangle-free, tear-free warping, even tension, problem-free weaving, and neat, professional hems and fringes. And to help you with your weaving projects, The Weaver’s Companion puts setts, reed charts, finishing techniques, and other weaving knowledge at your fingertips.
3. Once the warping is done, the weaving fun really begins! There is, literally, a world of weaving choices! Here are weaving pattern books for looms of every kind, from inkle looms to rigid-heddle, from 4-shaft to 8-shaft looms. These weaving pattern collections offer hundreds of traditional and contemporary weaving patterns to choose from, suitable for projects from handwoven towels and household items to yardage for elegant handwoven scarves and garments. You’ll be amazed to see what you can do with even the simplest of looms.
You will find a wide selection of weaving pattern books as well as innovative techniques and more on how to weave on a loom at our Weaving Today Shop.
Be sure to check out Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, a guide to weaving on a rigid heddle loom, full of techniques and beginner tips. Take your weaving loom to its limits and learn just how easy and versatile this device is to use. Ideal for beginners, but equally great for seasoned weavers to get set up in a hurry and weave just about anything!
We’ve made it easy: everything you need to know and love your loom is right here, so jump right in.
Anita Osterhaug is the editor for Weaving Today.
Anita Osterhaug is the editor of Handwoven magazine and the editor of Weaving Today. She has been devoted to all things fiber since her first embroidery project at age eight. From tapestry to twill, she loves every aspect of weaving and fiber. When not weaving, spinning, or knitting, she can be found writing or reading about, teaching, or demonstrating fiber arts.