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Resources for Weavers

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Resources for Beginner and Intermediate Weavers

We get questions all the time from new and new-ish weavers looking for online resources to learn weaving and improve their skills, so today we wanted to compile some of our favorite websites and teachers, as well as share some of the resources we have tucked away on our own website. And of course, if you have access to a local shop or weaver's guild where you can learn in person from other weavers, you should absolutely seek out those opportunities. 

Do you have other website or resources you find helpful? Link them in the comments below so that everyone can see! 

GIST Resources 

  • Weaving Yarn Calculator - Use this to calculate how much warp and weft yarn you need to weave your project.
  • Weave Podcast - Listen to our weekly podcast, which brings together a community of weavers and makers, farmers and mill owners, textile artists and loom manufacturers, to tell the stories of the threads that bind us together. 
  • Guide to Choosing Weaving Yarn - Confused by all of the weaving yarn size terminology? Just trying to figure out what kind of yarn to use for your reed? Find the answers to these and many other questions by downloading our free digital PDF guide. 
  • Guide to Choosing and Using a Rigid Heddle Loom - Ready to dive into rigid heddle weaving and wondering which loom you should choose? Learn the difference between types of looms, how to pick the right size, which accessories you need, and lots more by downloading our free digital PDF guide. 
  • Weaving Projects - A growing collection of weaving patterns created in-house and by our wonderful community of weavers. Projects suitable for rigid heddle looms, tapestry looms, table looms, and floor looms. Every project comes with a free digital PDF download, and yarn kits in multiple colorways. 
  • Weaver's Playbox Facebook Group - Our Facebook group exclusively for rigid heddle weavers, operated in partnership with Liz Gipson of Yarnworker!
  • FAQ - Lots more Weaving How To's are answered in this collection of blog posts. Have a question you want to see answered? Comment below and we'll work on getting a post up! 

Rigid Heddle Weaving 

We <3 new rigid heddle weavers! Rigid heddle weaving is certainly experiencing a resurgence, and we love hearing from new weavers every day who have been bitten by the weaving bug and are eager to get started. Here are a few of our favorite teachers and resources for learning rigid heddle weaving. 

Liz Gipson -

Handweaver, teacher and founder of Yarnworker. Liz also collaborated with us on our Weaver's PlayBox for Rigid Heddle Weavers

Sweet Georgia Yarns -

Hand dyer, weaver and teacher Felicia Lo collaborated with us on our Playbox 3 Fine Blends offering.

Craftsy -

Collection of online classes for artists and makers

The Crafter's Box -

  • Rigid Heddle Weaving featuring Rachel Snack (see above) and yarn sourced by GIST - this kit includes everything you need to get started with rigid heddle weaving.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Facebook Group 

An active Facebook group of rigid heddle weavers sharing ideas and tips with each other. 

Tapestry & Frame Loom Weaving

Interested in learning tapestry weaving, or weaving on wall hangings on frame looms? There are so many wonderful resources to help you get started - here are a few of our favorites. 

Rebecca Mezoff -

Artist, tapestry weaver and teacher in Colorado 

Allyson Rousseau - 

Fibre artist and designer based out of Montréal, Québec

Christabel Balfour -

Artist and tapestry weaver living and working in south east London

Lindsey Campbell -

Artist and weaver based in Northern California 

Mirrix Looms - 

Tapestry and bead looms designed by artist and tapestry weaver Claudia Chase

Rachel Snack -

Artist, conservator and founder of Weaver House Textile Studio 

Table & Floor Loom Weaving 

Learning multi-shaft weaving can sometimes feel the most daunting. How do I get this loom warped? How do I figure out the tie-up? Which patterns are suitable for the number of shafts that I have? How do I deal with these tension issues? For multi-shaft looms in particular, we strongly encourage you to seek out a local teacher or weaving buddy who can show you the ropes and help you get started. It's just so much more fun that way! If that's not available for you, or if you're simply looking for more additional learning, here are some of our favorite online weaving resources below. 

Jane Stafford Textiles  -

Online weaver's guild with classes, supplies and project kits. Fabulous and comprehensive selection of teaching videos for both new and experienced videos. 

Arianna E. Funk - 

Handweaver and teacher based in Stockholm 

Gather Textiles -

Weaving yarn shop in Edmonton, AB.

Craftsy -

Collection of online classes for artists and makers

 Floor Loom Weaving Online Class List with Janet Dawson 

Tien Chu -

Curious about color? Check out Tien's Weaving Color Mixer to see how different colors look in different weave structures.

Multi-Shaft Weaving Facebook Group 

An active Facebook group of friendly weavers sharing ideas and tips with each other.

The Weaving Workshop/The Common Thread Blog -

The Weaving Workshop is an online community that shares inspiration and motivation around the creative process. On The Common Thread Blog you can read inspiring posts with beautiful imagery from contemporary artists and designers that aim to inspire the community to create their own art and try new materials and processes. 

May 16, 2019