Following on in the same vein as my previous post, Things I love about Crochet, here are a few of the reasons I love weaving. FYI, RHL means Rigid Heddle Loom.
- Speed: you can easily complete a simple project is a day and has you gain in experience, larger projects will grow very quickly. It just depends how much of your day you can devote to it. The longest part can be the setup of the loom, especially for wide projects as he number of warp threads increases the degree of work needed to thread the heddle.
- Designs: It’s not just plain weaving. There are loads of ways you can manipulate the warp or weft to show a different style or design. From simple warp or weft floats to Danish Medallions, from tabby weave to huck lace and even to working pile rugs, there is plenty to pique your interest.
- Easy to Learn: with a rigid heddle loom, it really is very simple to learn and turnout something wearable inside a day. Even some of the design elements you can add are fairly straightforward.
- Stashbusting: now I cannot really say I have done a lot of busting my stash, but it can help if you want to make something abstract, mixing different weights and yarns. You can even add fabric cut into strips or turn plastic into weaving material.
- Versatility: of the rigid heddle loom. With pick up sticks you can increase your heddle options to create designs. You can double weave to produce fabric wider than your loom. Yes, there are some limitations, but then this really is entry level for many people, into weaving.
Writing this has made me think about what my next woven project might be. Time to put the thinking cap on.
If you are interested in weaving and want to give it a go; check out CraftCourses in the UK. Elsewhere, you may need to look out for your nearest craft centre. Or search rigid heddle loom day course and your city name. Or ask your LYS.