Spent two afternoons this week assembling my new toy :-
I've been talking about getting a loom for a long time now, but didn't actually take the plunge until recently. Being a total beginner at weaving, I'd planned to buy quite a simple loom - a rigid heddle - which I hoped even I could understand! That was until I was "talked into" buying something a little more complex by Eric and my friend who is a weaver. They seem to have great faith that I will actually be able to drive this thing, so I hope I don't disappoint them. Looks a bit scary to me.
This is a 32" Ashford 8-shaft table loom on which I look forward to making lots of gorgeous woven fabrics . . . you know, I'll just wack out the odd table cloth, set of curtains, dress fabric etc. Ha!! That'll be the day! Maybe I'll just start with a table mat or dishcloth. I'm beginning to feel a bit "in at the deep end, over my head" here.
Said friend's hubby also made me this for my birthday last month :-
Although I knew this was a warping frame, I didn't like to admit at the time that I wasn't entirely sure what it did! I've since been surfing on youtube and found some very useful videos for both this and the loom (all Ashford videos - excellent), and finally feel like I might actually be able to get started without too much help. So, all I need now is a
bit lot of time, some yarns to practice with, and a good book at my side (which I should be picking up in a couple of days), so wish me luck, and if you're a fly on my wall - close your ears, there's bound to be a lot of swearing going on.