Can I tell you a secret? I am completely jealous of people who know how to weave using a loom. I’m not talking about one of those hat looming kits that you can pick up at Joann’s (although I’m not knocking those. I don’t know even know how to use them). I’m talking about the big beautiful wall art pieces that you see at DIY maker shows. I don’t know what it is, but I love them.
My love of loom art persisted throughout 2017, but I didn’t have any tools to try this out myself and I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on a loom or on classes. So, my lovely partner Roxanne helped me build my own loom. I was so excited. I got to spend time with Roxanne, play in the garage with power tools and finally I had a loom of my own.
I was very proud of it and wanted to start using it immediately. I had a lot of ideas in my mind of all the fun and funky woven projects I would make – mostly wall tapestries with lots of loud colors. Finishing up the homemade loom just made me daydream even more.
So I started using my loom and quickly learned a few important lessons…
- First off, do not make a giant loom. My loom is 2 ft x 2 ft. It takes FOREVERto weave even one row. I am a knitter and I think I’m pretty patient when it comes to working with yarn, but weaving a piece of yarn up and down, back and forth, over and over again is tedious!
- Make a list of all the tools you need to play with your loom…. I failed at this big time. I saw a tutorial on how to build the frame and didn’t take into account, that I needed tools to work with the damn thing. Lordy. The first time I used the loom, I searched my house for a device to hold the threads part to solve the problem above. I ended up using a wooden pirate sword that Roxanne and I bought on a road trip.
- Learn the vocabulary. If I had learned the vocabulary associated with loom weaving, I would have figured out that I needed a few tools – like a shed stick, shuttle, tapestry beater, pick up stick, etc.
So, moral of the story… I have a lot more research to do before I successfully use my loom. Thankfully, there is this beautiful thing called the internet. After a few google searches, I found this awesome and easy to follow video tutorial on YouTube. Sometimes it’s a little slow going, but it’s very thorough.
My goal for 2018? Create a finished product with my loom.