Speaking Loom

There are four types of learners: Auditory learners lean toward lecture-style formats; Visual learners like seeing a demonstration; Read/Write learners learn best by studying the written word; and Kinesthetic learners are hands-on learners. If you are teaching yourself to weave, knowing what kind of learner you are can help immensely. Equally important is to offer yourself more than one way to learn, as we rarely fall cleanly into one camp or another. Most important of all, be patient! Learning to ride a bike didn’t happen in a day and neither will learning to weave.

There are a number of go-to resources we at The Woolery turn to when we get that all-too-familiar call asking, “I want to learn to weave, but there is not shop, guild, teacher, or any other weavers in my area.  What should I do?”

To learn floor loom weaving, our first recommendation is to pick up a copy of Learning To Weave by Deborah Chandler or Weaving for Beginners by Peggy Ostercamp.  No matter what kind of learner you are, you will need a good reference book.

Books are particularly good for read/write learners, but if you are a flipper who jumps about and isn’t prone to sit down with a book and study, you may want to check out one of Madelyn van der Hoogt’s DVDs, Warping Your Loom or Weaving Well. These help those who like lectures and like to see hands-on demonstration.

You might think that Kinesthetic learners would have the hardest time, but since they learn by doing, mistakes are engaging rather than discouraging. Those folks do really well with our learning to weave kits since they have everything they need to get going.

If you are a rigid heddle weaver, consider Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson or Hands-On Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Davenport. If warping is a stumbling block, Liz also has a DVD Slots and Holes: 3 Ways To Warp a Rigid Heddle Loom. Crafty also have a course on rigid heddle weaving that owners of the Kromski will particularly find attractive because it goes into detail about how to use the built-in warping board and other features of that particular loom. If you are looking to strech your wings, check out Jane Patrick’s book The Weaver’s Idea Book or her DVD Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom.

Get weaving off your “someday” list and make it happen today.  All you need is the right teaching tool and you are off to the races!

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4 responses to “Speaking Loom

  1. Deborah Chandler was all I needed 20 years ago. It’s hard to remember now how much I relied on that book when I first started weaving. Even naming the parts of a loom were beyond me, and it was all there.

  2. Bonnie Ringdahl

    I am currently in that beginner stage myself and purchased both books; Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler and Weaving for Beginners by Peggy Ostercamp. I have found though that I am using the Weaving for Beginners more as this book is a very visual, easy to follow step by step process. The book clearly explains the “why” in each section. I tend to be a visual learner and probably why I prefer this book as it has a lot of great visual illustrations. I also like the fact that Peggy teaches both Back to Front warping and Front to Back warping.

    With that aside, I am actually very happy that I have both books. Learning from different people always provides me with additional options.

  3. After taking a one day Rigid Heddle weave-a-scarf workshop from Jane Patrick I decided to buy a loom. Her tome of a book came out right after my class and I bought that. I found I needed a visual reminder and demo to help get me off the ground with the book. Although the video does not replicate every weaving pattern in the book (it would be days long!) I bought the downloadable version of Jane Patrick’s DVD from Interweave. I have quite a few spinning, knitting, etc., videos from Interweave and will say I find it the best valued, as well as the most complete and easy to follow instructional video that I own. There are a few spinning vid’s that come in right behind it. Jane’s manages to maintain its top spot due to so many things done so well! It includes a sampler pattern, also demonstrated section by section by Jane, that shows representative woven stitch patterns from sections of her book, besides the very basic over and under plain weave. From how to warp your loom (she shows direct warping on the Schacht Flip), through getting started weaving and showing finished and inspirational peces, to the sampler weaving, and finally, how to hem and remove your piece from the loom, it is very complete. Everything she does is well placed and easy to see. I highly recommend it to any new RH weaver or anyone wanting a visual demo of some woven stitch patterns.

    Wanted to mention there are now Craftsy.com classes done by a name brand weaver on ‘How to Weave on a Rigid Heddle.’ Also very helpful! Not sure of the exact title, just look up the “Weaving” category when you get there.

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