Loom Weaving Test

I tried my hand at weaving on the loom that I bought recently, and made a thing! Admittedly, the color is a bit weird, but it was a deliberate decision on my part since I chose yarns I don’t mind wasting if things didn’t turn out right. But they did turn out right, as it so often happens when you’re uber-prepared for things going wrong. πŸ˜‰

Weaving Sample | Anita

I found that I love working on the loom, and the project goes fast, really fast. (At least compared to my usual slow pace. I completed this test project a while ago, and this post is delayed since other things ended up occupying my attention and time.) And I love the resulting texture – it looks and feels good even with a plain weave, and I can only imagine the upgrades that adding patterns would bring.

I do need to find a way to have the edges (the long edges in the picture) turn out neater, though – right now, they’re pretty uneven. There’s also the fact that the other edges (the short edges in the project) always end up being fringed. Other than this, I didn’t find too many things to complain about in the finished project.

Weaving Sample | Anita

I think I do have an idea to weave without creating a fringe. But I’m gonna hold off on the experimenting until I get a little better at the weaving part. The half-baked plans that I have for a set of throw pillow covers won’t mind fringes anyway. πŸ˜‰ While I figure out how to get better edges, any tips that you might want to provide are very welcome too.

I wish getting a loom meant my rate of churning out projects would increase, but I’ll mostly stick to making stuff that will be properly used, so figuring out what to make, and ideating on a design, will probably take up more time than weaving / knitting / crocheting. It’d actually be wonderful to combine these techniques in a project!

17 thoughts on “Loom Weaving Test

  1. The idea of weaving is so exciting by itself.. even if nothing actually gets done in the end!! πŸ˜‰ But, I am definitely happy that your first project turned out so good!

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  2. ~applause~ Wonderful, you are truly a gifted multi-talented artist and crafter. That’s a beautiful piece you made. I love the colors and design.
    I have some questions, if you don’t mind:
    Did it take long?
    What kind of loom did you use?

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    1. Thank you very much, E.C.! It definitely goes much faster than knitting, and didn’t take me long at all. The sample piece is around 150cm x 30cm (60″ x 12″), and I worked on it intermittently for less than 5 days – this includes warping the loom. I used a rigid heddle loom with a single heddle.

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      1. You’re very welcome Anita, it’s beautiful. Wow, you did make it fast for it to be so big. I’ve never used a heddle loom. It looks complicated, but also looks like it might be fun.
        Thanks for answering my questions. Keep up the great creating! πŸ˜€

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