Clayton at 5 months. This post is a little late because I forgot to schedule my post but I can't forget about his first bites of solids! He grabs everything in sight and loves holding spoons. Sink baths after a very eventful lunch are his third favorite time of the day, just after actual bath-time and the first time he sees the dogs in the morning. Squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and pears are the most popular choices for lunch!
I am so excited to finally announce the launch of my complete video course, Welcome to Weaving: Tips and Tricks to Weaving on a Frame Loom from Start to Finish!
When I began weaving there was no one to teach me. I cringe thinking of the first wall hangings that I created, which either fell apart or were so messy that they wouldn't hang straight! Most of my techniques were self-taught with trial and error until eventually I felt comfortable with my methods.
I always wished that there was a video course for this beautiful craft that I could have followed when I first began my weaving journey. I didn't know my 'warp' from my 'weft' and I thought 'heddle' was a type of Swedish snow sled.
So... after years of questions from my followers I have put together a complete online video course! It includes a 40 page introduction booklet as well as 13 private video lessons where you can weave along with me to finish your first 'sampler weave'. It's up close and personal, and is sure to teach you something new!
I'm so excited! This project has been under wraps for quite a while. Yes, I hate listening to myself - but I know that it will answer many of the questions that I am asked, over and over, from beginner weavers.
Even if you can't make it to a workshop with a weaving master or don't have any fellow weavers in your local area you can still learn all of the skills you need to know. Welcome to Weaving!
In this course I answer the following questions, among others.
Why should I weave upside down?
How do I make shapes, like curves?
How do I attach the tapestry to a bar?
What is the best type of yarn to use for my warp... what about my weft?
Where can I purchase warp string and needles?
How do I keep the sides of my weave straight instead of curving in?
How do I finish a weave so that it doesn't fall apart after cutting it off the loom?
What is the secret method to keeping a clean back for minimal finishing work?
What are the basic stitches I need to know?
How do I set up my loom with a high density warp?
I think that it is essential for a loom to be versatile enough that you can execute any design you imagine. That is why my husband and I designed and built my looms so that you can adjust the length and tension of the warp, as well as making it wide enough to accommodate small projects along with big ideas. But, another nifty trick is changing the density of your warp strings.
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A low density warp
is perfect for beginners and quick projects with large yarn. Imagine you are working on a soumac weave with large caterpillars of roving crawling across. Having a low density warp is perfect to keep your knots wide and fluffy.
A high density warp
is my personal favorite because it allows you to create more shapes, namely curves. The more options you have for your weft to stair-step up, the smoother the sides of your shapes appear. High density warp is essential for creating details and although it takes more time, it will result in a tighter weave.
Let me show you how to easily create both types of warp. First, there are two ways to tie on warp. You can either double knot it quickly around one notch or more securely around the whole frame. Either way works fine!
First, low density warp is achieved by looping your warp around every other notch. That means that even though each slit will have a warp string either exiting or entering, only every other notch will have a loop from your warp wrapped around it.
Now, high density warp is achieved by looping your warp around every notch. That means that though each slit will have two warp strings, one entering and one exiting, and every other notch will have a loop from your warp wrapped around it.
It's that easy! Want to get really adventurous? Try a weave with both types of warp in it... I'm not sure how it would work, tension-wise, but it would be fun to experiment!