A couple of weeks ago, I received a text from a friend. My phone, which is NOT hi-tech or smart or intelligent in any way took its time unfurling a photo of . . . a loom!
[Photo credit to my dear friend, Kim]
I have been told by many a spinning (and weaving!) guild member that I would turn to the dark-side eventually; that I would succumb to the pull of weaving and never look back. So, perhaps it was a self-fulfilling prophesy. Plus, my better half–the Amazon reviewer–is already a weaver. We have a huge piece of woven microfilm art hanging in the front room and a bunch of smaller woven pieces (out of paper and grass and whatever else he could find) hanging around the house. I like to tell myself that he is the true weaver and is, therefore, in need of a loom.
Either way, I had to go look at the thing–I mean, we all know I never fail to start BIG and this, well, this was no table loom. We made it to Habitat for Humanity by about 5:45 (they close at 6:00!) and there she was. How could I resist? Good price. Huge loom. Not-for-Profit seller. Husband-weaver by my side. So, yes, dear reader, I bought the loom.
It took us two days to figure out how to get it home (we left our trailer at my dad’s in NY this winter . . . doh!) Thanks to a friend’s *tiny* trailer, we managed to drag it home going about 5 mph–every bump made my heart race.
Nope, we know nothing about weaving. Although we quickly started watching “How to Warp Your Loom” videos and I can happily recommend the following:
- Barbara Elkins (of WEBS) “How to Warp a Loom from Front to Back“
- Barbara Elkins (of WEBS) “How to Wind a Warp“
- Carla Brown’s “Threading a Warp on a Floor Loom“
- Janet Dawson’s Craftsy class “Floor Loom Weaving“
So where do we stand? Well, S is building a raddle and a warp board; we are giving away our piano to make room for the piano-sized loom; and I have assurances from my guildies that someone (maybe Cara, Debbie, or Beth) will come over to help us warp the thing for the first time. In the meantime, I think Spencer is getting a little excited about the prospect of weaving 🙂