Tag Archives: loom

Weaving In The New Year

Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to weave better.  Better means different things to different people. For some it means faster; for others it means with less mistakes; for others still it means weaving with more precision.

Weaving on the Edge

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Nancy and Nancy argue about which shuttle they like best. Learn more in our Weaving Shuttle Breakdown video.

Selvedges are one of the biggest challenges for weavers.  We obsess about them.  There are a few simple things that you can do to create perfect selvedges.  If you find that your warp is “smiling” at you or turning up at the edges it is probably because you are not putting the weft in at a steep enough angle or you are pulling the yarn too tight as you grab the shuttle exiting the shed. We tend to do the latter when you reach with your non-dominant hand because we have less control when using it.  Check our our video My Weaving Isn’t Even to learn more.

Another way to ensure good selvedges is to invest in an end-delivery shuttle.  It gives you better control over your yarn by keeping it under tension.  You can learn more about them in our Weaving Shuttle Breakdown or How To Wind a Pirn videos.  And, speaking of winding:  winding your shuttle bobbin or pirn well will also help you with your selvedges.  Well-wound bobbins keep the shuttle from jerking as it passes though the shed.  The jerking can keep you from making a smooth pass and laying in the weft evenly.

Recovering from Mistakes

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Chris broke his warp thread, now what? Watch our How To Fix A Broken Warp End video to see how he recovers.

The reality is that mistakes happen – recovering from them is what makes our weaving “better.”  Broke a warp thread?  Watch our video on how to fix it.  Can’t get a clean shed?  Maybe you miss threaded the reed or the heddles.  We have a video on that, too!

These are just a few of the tips and tricks that you will find on our  You Tube channel.  If you have an idea for a video, let us know.  We would love to hear from you.

Chris, Nancy, and the entire Woolery team

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Which Loom Is Right For Me?

We hear it all the time:  What looms should I buy?  The answer depends on what you want to weave. Different looms do different things well. We have a guide to looms on our website that you will want to check out if you are contemplating a loom purchase.

If you are in the market for a loom with shafts—as opposed to an inkle, rigid heddle, or peg loom—check out Tom Knisley new DVD The Loom Owner’s Companion.  It is an awesome guide to learning the differences between jack, countermarch, and counterbalance looms.

Voted Handwoven‘s Teacher of the Year, Tom will keep you entertained as he walks you through the various looms and their features.

Warping With Jane

Chris puts his back into it while Jane Stafford (at left) and Andrea Marquis of Yarn Superhero look on.

Speaking of great teachers, Chris is just back from an awesome retreat on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia with Jane Stafford.  Sponsored by Louet, Chris spent four days learning all the marvels of the Louet loom line.  He and other dealers warped looms, swapped stories, and wallowed in the luxury of Jane’s impressive studio.  (I bet you can guess why Louet’s table loom is named Jane!)

If you are looking for a good learning experience check out our upcoming classes. We have some great teachers, including felter Leslie Samson and weaver Joanne Hall, lined up in the spring and fall, and of course our marvelous staff is always cooking up something interesting for you to learn.

Chris, Nancy, and the entire Woolery Team