If you are a beginner weaver, you may have already purchased a book or two on learning to weave. Someone may have given you a small table loom, or perhaps you have jumped right in and purchased a larger floor loom. You have some lovely yarns and an image of what type of projects you would like to make.
Now you may be looking at this equipment and those diagrams of how to warp and are a bit confused by the complexity of it all. What is a reed, a heddle, sett, warp, weft? You are learning a new language and finding you have to develop new motor skills. The best thing to do is to find another weaver to help you with your first few warps.
Warping a loom isn’t that difficult, once you have done it a few times. But it is helpful to have someone available to guide you through the process. Check with your local yarn store. They may know who the weavers are in your area. It is also a good idea to join your local weavers guild. There is quite a good weavers guild system in Canada and the U.S. with members meeting on a regular basis, usually monthly.
The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) can direct you to a guild in your area. Some guilds have websites as well, and are listed in our library, arranged by geogaphic location. I have found that weavers are a very supportive group and would be happy to assist you in getting started. If you are having trouble locating someone in your area, please let me know.
The guilds have training programs, weaving exchanges, and newsletters to keep members informed of special events and projects. Guilds sponsor annual conferences, offering workshops with high quality instructors, vendor booths, and providing opportunities for weavers to meet.
I have posted a series of articles that will guide you through the steps of warping a loom. These are illustrated with clear photos. Some weaving projects are also listed in our library.
10 Steps to Warping a Loom
Rigid Heddle Weaving Books
The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Handwoven Home: Weaving Techniques, Tips, and Projects for the Rigid-Heddle Loom
Color & Texture for the Rigid Heddle Loom: A Study in Yarn Selection for Weavers
Weaving Made Easy Revised and Updated: 17 Projects Using a Rigid-Heddle Loom
WeaveKnitWear: Simply Fabulous Clothing and Accessories for Rigid Heddle (and Other) Weavers
The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave
Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts
Double Weave: Theory and Practice<
Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)
Weaving In the Arts: Widening the Learning Circle
DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows and More!
>On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide