Weaving 101 Revisited

Many of you will have noted that I have recently updated my website. It wasn't possible to transfer my previous blog posts to this website, but I have saved many of them which I will intersperse throughout these blog pages. This one is a favorite because of its interest to so many. Hope you enjoy it!

I've been asked the question "how long does it take you to weave a rug?" at least a hundred (more like a thousand) times. Invariably, people respond to my answer by saying " I would have thought that it would take longer." My follow up is to say that the actual weaving is the creative and fun part. Before you can get there, you have to set up the loom. Ok class, are you ready? Here we go!

Winding the warp (vertical threads.) The sections are wound one at a time.

Winding the warp (vertical threads.) The sections are wound one at a time.

The warp has been wound on the back beam.

The warp has been wound on the back beam.

Threading each thread through each heddle.

Threading each thread through each heddle.

Threading completed!  

Threading completed!

 

Now we pull each thread through the dents (spaces) in the reed.

Now we pull each thread through the dents (spaces) in the reed.

Threading completed.

Threading completed.

Warp tied to apron on the front of the loom.

Warp tied to apron on the front of the loom.

Side view of loom.

Side view of loom.

Weaving in the header.

Weaving in the header.

Header completed.

Header completed.

Cutting the fabric into strips.

Cutting the fabric into strips.

Winding fabric on the shuttle. (Are we there yet?)

Winding fabric on the shuttle. (Are we there yet?)

WEAVING! Let the fun begin!!

WEAVING! Let the fun begin!!

One rug done, onto the next.

One rug done, onto the next.

There's another loom to set up. Are you ready to try your hand?