Whether you’ve never woven anything before, or you have a few (or more!) projects under your belt, it’s likely that you’ve come across some of these common misconceptions or myths about weaving. We’re here to set the record straight.
While there are plenty of looms that take up the better part of a room, like the antique ones you may have seen in a text book or at a history museum, there are plenty of looms that take up very little space. Table looms and rigid heddle looms, for example, are well-loved for how transportable they are. Some even fold flat for easy storage or transport. When it comes to floor looms, you can find compact jack looms that fold up for storage, like the Schacht Wolf Pup which folds to a mere 16” depth! The smallest loom we offer is the Saffron Pocket Loom made by Mirrix. At just 5.5" wide, you can truly weave anywhere you'd like.
If you’re reconsidering your aversion to weaving after reading any of this, rigid heddle looms are a fantastic place to start. We offer a range of rigid heddle starter packs that include everything you need to get started.
Not so! While it’s true that getting comfortable setting up the loom can take a bit of time, once you’re set up the weaving goes by quickly. Projects like large shawls, blankets, and other large projects that would take you weeks or months to knit or crochet can be completed in a weekend or two on the loom. This makes weaving ideal for gift-giving.
It doesn’t have to be! When it comes to equipment, you can often find great deals on used looms through your local guild or community platforms like Facebook Marketplace. We even wrote a two-part blog series about this, which you can start reading here: How to Buy a Used Loom- Part One. You can also find deals on yarn at thrift stores and yard sales. In Episode 71 of the Weave Podcast, our founder Sarah Resnick talked with Allyson Rousseau about her love of thrifting yarn. We’re also happy to help new weavers by providing free guides and resources like the Beginner’s Guide to Weaving and the Weaver’s Guide to Selecting Yarn.
The wonderful thing about weaving is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like it to be. Did you ever make one of those pot holders out of colorful nylon loops when you were a kid? Weave structures can be as simple as that, even on larger looms. Some weavers love the craft because they love the simple rhythm and repetition of plain weave. For others, the more complicated the pattern, the better! If you’re looking for some simple projects to get started with, you might like the Textured Cotton Scarf by Emma Rhodes for rigid heddle looms, or the Minimalist Scarf by Mariah Gaar for multi-shaft looms.
Above: Textured Cotton Scarf - Free Weaving Pattern by Emma Rhodes
Ahem, we prefer the word “classic”. The truth is, weaving can be as classic or as modern as you want it to be. It all depends on the pattern, color choices, and fibers you choose to work with. Around here, we like to put a contemporary spin on classic textiles, such as the Gosling Pillows or the Squarish Rug, but we also love a timeless staple like the Color Field Scarf.
Above: Gosling Pillows by Arianna E. Funk
One question we frequently get from new weavers is how to keep track of the length they've woven. There may be as many variations of measuring one’s weaving as there are weavers, so the good news is that you can certainly find a method that will work for you. This post will go over a few different techniques and tips.