Meet the newly revised and updated edition of Weaving Made Easy. First published in 2008, this book was written for those who know nothing about weaving or the rigid-heddle loom, but are eager and ready to learn!
The rigid-heddle loom is widely recognized as the gateway loom to weaving. It suits the modern lifestyle as it is easy to set up, portable, affordable, and highly versatile. It is the perfect loom for those who are downsizing, urban dwellers, those who have limited space for their yarncraft, and handspinners.
In this newly revised edition, I add detailed step-by-step direct warping instructions that allow you to set up the loom in twenty minutes or less! Get a sneak peek at how easy it is here in this YouTube video.
When you are a beginner, you worry about everything. My job is to help you worry less and weave more! Throughout these pages, I give you all the benefits of my hundreds of hours of working with beginning weavers and tell you exactly what you need to know to set up the loom and weave well.
Also new in the book are tips on taking the fabric off the loom, and two new project that use much asked about techniques—how to weave fine fabrics and how to weave solid stripes with drape. I have added more headers to help you easily find what you are looking for including what yarns you can use (the answer is most), how to fix mistakes, basic terminology, and project planning.
Each project in this book is designed to teach you something new about the possibilities of weaving in simple structures that will set you up to master the amazing possibilities of this loom.
New and experienced weavers alike will also enjoy my two videos. Slots and Holes: 3 Ways to Warp a Rigid-Heddle Loom, shows you three options for setting up your loom including the direct, indirect, and two-heddle methods. Knitters know there are reasons to learn more than one cast-on, and so it is true in weaving. There is more than one way to get the job done. (Whichever way you learned first will be your favorite!)
In Life After Warping: Weaving Well on Your Rigid-Heddle Loom, I walk you through everything you need to know after your loom is warped. I discuss and demonstrate shuttle selection and winding techniques, how to get your weaving off to a good start so you avoid trouble later, managing your edges, measuring as you go, fixing mistakes, removing the fabric from the loom, and fun finishes.
One final note, if you are lucky enough to have a local shop nearby that supports weaving, please support them. They can give you personal handholding when you need it, and they offer you the invaluable service of allowing you to get hands-on experience when picking your yarn, fiber, and equipment. Consider your loom, book, and other materials support of this service.