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Weaving and Setting Up My Loomin-Area

Updated on February 17, 2014

Setting up My Weaving Area and Some Weaving Samples

Weaving - my "loomin'-area" was named by my sister and my husband goofing around.

I weave. I have woven. I'm a weaver. I'm weaving. I haven't been at this long enough to even know the terms. I've been weaving about three years now.

All I know is I love the process and the finished product. If you have never watched a weaver, take the time to do so. You will rethink "cookie-cutter" style accessories after seeing the process. Yes, it's very basic. No it's not real complicated. Time consuming? You bet. But the rewards of completing hand made items using such a basic tool are priceless.

Whether it's a belt loom, floor loom or table top weaving can be very relaxing. The scarves, wraps, place mats, rugs, table runners and baby blankets are all divinely inspired by the handmade touch. Combining fibers and colors make you feel so creative and artistic.

Making room for the weaving loom, the desk went to the closet - no doors.

Making room for the weaving loom, the desk went to the closet - no doors.
Making room for the weaving loom, the desk went to the closet - no doors.

The Loom gets the Room - I call it my "Loomin'-Area"

My loom gets the room.
My loom gets the room.

Good-bye office.

Weaving loom takes over old home office.
Weaving loom takes over old home office.

Weaving Supplies are Pretty Basic - I like weaving with yarns, bulky or even size 4 yarn works great.

I've used bulky yarns to make rag rugs. Here are a few sample yarns that work great in making lightweight throw rugs.

Bernat Really Big Yarn, Denims, Single Ball
Bernat Really Big Yarn, Denims, Single Ball

This would make a great rug yarn, yet, it would take several balls of this to get a 2 x 3 foot rug.

 
Lion Brand Yarn 630-155E Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn, Silver Grey
Lion Brand Yarn 630-155E Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn, Silver Grey

I love Wool-Ease because it's wool but still washable, so it works great just like wool, but has the ease of washing in cold water and air drying, low heat dryer if necessary.

 
Bernat Softee Chunky Ombre Yarn, Energize, Single Ball
Bernat Softee Chunky Ombre Yarn, Energize, Single Ball

This "self-striping" yarn would make a great multicolored handwoven rug. the stripes work their way throughout the pieces all on their own because of the dye pattern in the yarn.

 
Lion Brand Yarn 135-149K Hometown USA Yarn, Dallas Grey
Lion Brand Yarn 135-149K Hometown USA Yarn, Dallas Grey

Again this would be a great rug yarn and it comes in a variety of colors.

 

Desk still has a purpose (sometimes).

Desk opened up and folding chair, Shelving has baskets both sides of the desk. Left side for weaving yarn.
Desk opened up and folding chair, Shelving has baskets both sides of the desk. Left side for weaving yarn.
The weaving.
The weaving.

My First Weaving. My Class Project in Weaving 101.

I experimented with plaid on my first piece.

Yep, I chose the colors in class, after a great teaching on design from my amazing Weaving Instructor, Suzanne.

Then the tedious job of "dressing" the loom. The first time was so complicated, but now it is my favorite part, because I can see the finished piece in my head, and cannot wait to start.

My Favorite Weaving. - Sold at an art fair.

I called it "eggplant"
I called it "eggplant"

The weaving was made with gray sock yarn as warp, then I used multicolored "self-striping" sock yarn to weave.

It was a huge honor to receive this Navajo Weaving as a gift. - I was taught Navajo Rug Weaving from a Navajo friend.

It's a long story, and a wonderful one. A very sweet Pastor, friend, made arrangements for me to take a class from a very experienced Navajo young lady. She taught me the art of Navajo Weaving in New Mexico. It's a lifetime opportunity.

My husband built the loom before we went for the week-long event. The men went fishing, and I sat under the tree where their Mother taught them to weave, learning the technique.

This is my loom with the beginning of a piece near the bottom. The rung hanging on top of the loom was a gift, and the picture above it is a framed art of the dye origins that the Navajo use. Beside the loom on the ladder is a Pendleton blanket I used as the color theme for my "Loomin-Area"

Some "Must-Have" Weaving Books - Step-by-Step Weaving

Some books that are very helpful! I've more visual, so having a book open, with step-by-step photos to guide me gets me through the tough process of warping my loom and setting up all the threads and treadles for my next piece. These books are a huge necessity for me.

Watch Videos of Weaving in Progress. - Weavers at work.

Children weaving (rustic)

Dressing the Loom

Weaving

Fly Shuttle Weaving (unique)

Die Weberin

tachchen gewebt

Stages of weaving and a few finished projects - I really like weaving a plaid stripe through pieces

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Harrisville floor weaving loom. - Get weaving.

So creative this is one of my favorite fiber arts. I pick the yarn for the warp, then lay out all the colors for the weft and imagine, or I get out the graph paper and the color pencils and draw the pattern.

Harrisville Floor Loom 22/4 22" 4 Harness "Little Workhorse" 6 Treadles
Harrisville Floor Loom 22/4 22" 4 Harness "Little Workhorse" 6 Treadles

This is a perfect size. It folds up with your work in progress so you can carry it to a weaving workshop or class. It has a small footprint, yet you can make 20" wide pieces, sew two together and you have a 40" wide cape, throw, you name it.

 

Weaving is so rewarding. - Completed item.

Another item woven with sock yarn.
Another item woven with sock yarn.

I've enjoyed imagining the finished product, and taking photos is becoming a little easier.

I actually added Simply Soft by Caron to the loom ( a bright burgundy with little tweed flecks.) Then I wove the piece with self-striping sock yarn left over from a sweet little sweater I knit for my granddaughter. I'll post that picture (with her in her sweater, next).

My weaving in progress ... - the warp threads are a variety of "stash" yarns

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This about 7 or 8 different stash yarns.  About 72" of each type in no color or layout pattern.The ball of yarn laying on the loom is sock yarn.  I'm using it as my weft (weaving) yarn on the shuttle.  I'm weaving a simple tabby pattern here.This is the beginning of a 9" scarf, it kind of looks like a rag rug only it is as soft as rayon ... awesome design.
This about 7 or 8 different stash yarns.  About 72" of each type in no color or layout pattern.
This about 7 or 8 different stash yarns. About 72" of each type in no color or layout pattern.
The ball of yarn laying on the loom is sock yarn.  I'm using it as my weft (weaving) yarn on the shuttle.  I'm weaving a simple tabby pattern here.
The ball of yarn laying on the loom is sock yarn. I'm using it as my weft (weaving) yarn on the shuttle. I'm weaving a simple tabby pattern here.
This is the beginning of a 9" scarf, it kind of looks like a rag rug only it is as soft as rayon ... awesome design.
This is the beginning of a 9" scarf, it kind of looks like a rag rug only it is as soft as rayon ... awesome design.

My Life is But A Weaving - between my Lord and me

Weaving art
Weaving art

My Life is but a Weaving

My life is but a weaving

between my Lord and me;

I cannot choose the colors,

He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow,

And I, in foolish pride,

Forget He sees the upper,

And I the under side.

Not 'til the loom is silent

and the shuttles cease to fly,

Shall God unroll the canvas

and explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful

in the Weaver's skillful hand,

As the threads of gold and silver

in the pattern He has planned.

He knows, He loves, He cares,

nothing this truth can dim.

He gives His very best to those

who leave the choice with Him.

~Author Unknown

Navajo Rug Weaving - what an incredible art

Click on photo for credits
Click on photo for credits

I was honored to sit under the teachings of a 4th generation rug weaver.

Loom purchased from eBay. Parts and pieces photo 1

Loom purchased from eBay. Parts and pieces photo 1
Loom purchased from eBay. Parts and pieces photo 1

Weaving - setting up my loomin area, the loom in pieces, photo 2.

Weaving - setting up my loomin area, the loom in pieces, photo 2.
Weaving - setting up my loomin area, the loom in pieces, photo 2.

Weaving - can't set up my loomin-area or weave until these pieces are assembled. Photo 3

Weaving - can't set up my loomin-area or weave until these pieces are assembled. Photo 3
Weaving - can't set up my loomin-area or weave until these pieces are assembled. Photo 3

Empty assembled loom, using to display my knit felt items. Photo 4 Assembled.

Empty assembled loom, using to display my knit felt items.  Photo 4 Assembled.
Empty assembled loom, using to display my knit felt items. Photo 4 Assembled.

Photo 5 - Weaving on the loom.

Photo 5 - Weaving on the loom.
Photo 5 - Weaving on the loom.

And now I am weaving on a rug loom. - My Union Loom #36

I have always really liked rag rugs. A rug loom was given to me this summer. It took a while to get it "dressed," set-up for weaving, since I was unfamiliar with the Union Loom #36 model. But I researched several web pages and books, I finally found some photos and instructions online and that helped somewhat.

Weaving rugs has become a new interest. I enjoy "dressing" the loom as much as weaving. - My Union Loom #36 dressed and ready to weave.

Ready to weave. I am using loops of chenille for this rug.

Starting the Weaving With Loops of Chenille.

Rug Weaving
Rug Weaving

Here I'm showing the first several rows of the loops of chenille fabric woven into the rug. Weaving a rug goes pretty fast once the loom is set up. If you start with enough warp thread you can actually weave 3 or 4 rugs before having to dress the loom again and this is just my style of weaving!!

I Learned a Lot With This First Rug

Weaving a Rug Taking Shape
Weaving a Rug Taking Shape

I can see many of my errors in the previous photo. This photo shows the shuttle filled with the loops of chenille and the rug starting to wrap around below.

Weaving - My First Rag Rug - On the Floor of it's New Owner

first rag rug
first rag rug

I was given the gift of a loom, they received my first rag rug.

Let's discuss weaving.

I'm no weaving expert, but can answer questions or find answers. - I'm now experienced in downsizing to make room for a loom, too.

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      Bhotax 2 years ago

      Hi Dave, You don't have a Contact page (there are easy to use wordpress pliugns to help you set that up) so I'll use this page. I bought the book based on a tiny something that caught my eye in the most recent issue of HandWoven. From my first reading it looks nicely done and thought out. Writing documentation is not easy, I know! I wanted to let you know that you make a reference to appendix A Supplies (on page 37 under Weaving Supplies) and I don't seem to have Appendix A in my copy. I am familiar with resources for weaving supplies so it's not an issue for me, but I wanted to give you a heads up. Also: thank you for making it spiral bound and providing large margins for notes!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I would love to learn how to weave. I remember weaving on a big loom in elementary school. Would love to have a loom in my room, but alas, it is full of other crafty things. I like how you made room for yours.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I like how you made room for your loom! My mother used to work on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Mountain Farm Cabin at Humpback Rock near Waynesboro, VA. She was part of the living history demonstration at the cabin. She would weave on an original antique loom there in the cabin. I have a rug she wove for me. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a weaving machine as a child. It was a lot of fun.

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      dunthor 5 years ago

      Oh cool, Here is my lineup: I have a baby Wolf, a LeClerc dorothy, a schacht tapestry loom and a C. Cactus flower mini navajo loom. Add a couple of spinning wheels and a small herd of drop spindles.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      What beautiful work you do! I tried weaving long ago, and loved it, but never worked it into my life.

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      SianaL 5 years ago

      This is so cool! I learned how to weave with a back loom Guatemala style a year ago! It's really fun!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      @anonymous: A 40 inch loom, has to be better than the 22", I still haven't made two identical pieces and sewn them together to make a larger piece, I'm so opposed to sewing - need to get over that, but that's another story. Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Awesome lens. I used to have a 40 inch Harrisville, but had to sell it for space reasons. Your projects look wonderful.

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      I'm a third gen. rug weaver, and have woven some fabric too. Love it, but my

      loom is in pieces just now. No place place to set it up here. But you are weaving beautifully, and I applaud you!

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      @sorana lm: Thank you for the sweet compliment. I've always wanted to learn to weave, finally took a class and found a used loom on Ebay - no turning back now!!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Wow ... very impressive. My grandmother used to weave.

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      @poutine: Thank you. It's very relaxing, but takes a lot of planning to get started. I like the planning process as much as the creating though. Thanks for stopping by.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      My mom used to weave but I have never had the "urge" to follow her steps.

      You do beautiful work.

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      @NoYouAreNot: I took up weaving 2 years ago. Took a $75.00 class and found a loom on eBay. It's very relaxing and creative. I love designing.

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      I haven't taken up weaving, I have just begun learning how to crochet. But I think I'll give weaving a try too later on.