Are there any other weavers here? There isn’t even a folder in which a weaving thread would logically fit. I rarely post because most of the posts are about garment making and I stopped making clothes years ago. As my weaving improves, I will start making myself garments out of my hand-woven fabric.
I took a weaving class at the community college in the fall of 2000, and I was hooked. I learned that I have a knack for weaving. Now, that means that I have a good feel for tension and so forth, it doesn’t mean that I’m an “instant expert.” I went into withdrawal at the end of the semester and my husband bought me an inkle loom. Last summer my in-laws gave me a very old LeClerc four frame table loom that they had bought at a yard sale and had had in their basement for ten years. My brother-in-law bought it for my sister-in-law because he’d always wanted a hand-woven tunic for his re-enactments and he thought she’d like to make him one.
(Let us all now chuckle quietly and shake our heads as we consider the things loving spouses do “for” each other.)
The loom was very dirty and needed a lot of repair, so I was repairing it until January of this year. I’m a full-time student with kids, so loom repair could only go on during semester breaks. The loom is as basic as a four frame loom can be. I have a 22 inch reed, so I can make nice scarves, but for a baby blanket I’m weaving now, I’ll have to join two halves with a center seam. I can’t even customize the tie-ups; each frame is attached to one lever and that’s it. But I’m experimenting with shadow twills and rose path patterns right now.
I would love to know if there are any other weavers reading here. I could really learn from experienced weavers and from novices like me.