This summer I had the pleasure of taking a weaving class from the Reno Fiber Guild. I have wanted to learn to weave since I was in high school. I had dreams of having sheep, shearing, washing, spinning wool and weaving it into my own creations. Well, that did not happen and at 53 years of age I decided I would at least learn the weaving part of all that. So, I started poking around the internet and found right here in Reno was a fiber guild that was getting ready to teach four session weaving class. Whooot, whooot! I was all over that.
What a fantastic and eye opening experience. I had no idea how labor intensive just getting the loom set up was. However, once that is done, weaving is a joy! There was a great group of women who are very schooled and experienced in weaving. Not just on a loom making towels. Much, much more!!!
I have a rigid heddle loom so for the class I rented one of their looms. It was a Wolf Pup 4 heddle loom. Loved it! Wanted to take it home! Which I did, just for homework. I’m not sure why but every time I went to weave I was gripped with this fear that I would mess the whole thing up. Then I would sit down to weave and I would wonder what was holding me back. Fear is gone. Let me show you what I did.
This is my loom (actually the guild’s loom ) all warped and some weaving done. You can see the pattern book on a detachable holder, the shuttle sitting on top of the heddles, my weaving below that and the treadles at the bottom. There are many more parts to this gizmo but we won’t go into those.
We picked three colors in cotton to work with and this piece is the sampler of treadle patterns I did. After that I worked on four dish towels. I love the colors!
My finished towels. I’m so pleased as to how they came out. It was a little weird and frightening knowing I would be working on my sampler and all four towels with the same warping. I just imagined cutting them apart and it all unraveling. You’ll be happy to know there was no unraveling. I really like them a lot.
Each towel had several different treadling patterns with basket weave in between the different patterns.
I’ve got a few other projects to finish up and them I’m going to warp my rigid heddle and do some Christmas weaving. Looking forward to that. Heck…..I may even just put other things aside and do it now : ) Who knows.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little visit with weaving. I wish I had learned how to weave back when I was younger. So, I’m going to make the best of it now and hopefully learn some new techniques along the way.
Thank you for reading! Drop a comment if you please and if you are a weaver, show me what you’re working on or have completed. I love to see what others are working on.
Stitch on my friends whether it’s crochet, knitting, needlework or weaving. Just do it!