Happiness is Weaving

My loom arrived.  A 24" Kromski Harp.  I wove a scarf for my first project.  And I actually remembered to take pictures!

This is the yarn I used. 

Yarn for scarf

It's worsted weight blue faced leicester.  This is a new base yarn for me, and I'm quite pleased with it.  I dyed several colorways, and they'll be available at Fairy Yarnmother as soon as I come up with names for all of them, get them labeled, and ship them off to Susan.

The first step was warping the loom.  For all of you non-weavers reading this, that means putting the warp threads (the threads that go the length of the fabric) on the loom.  There are a couple of ways of doing this, but I did the direct warping method, which involved clamping the loom to my kitchen counter and clamping a warping peg to my dining room table, and walking back and forth, pulling the yarn through one of the slats each time.


Once that was done, I cut the yarn at the peg end, wound the warp on the back beam, and pulled one of each of the pair of threads back through the slat and forward to the adjacent hole, and then tied all the ends to the front.

Warped loom

Then I was ready to weave!  This is about halfway through the weaving.  I stuck a piece of orange scrap yarn in at one edge every 6 inches so I could keep track of my length.

Weaving in progress

And here's my finished scarf!


I'm not really satisfied with the edges, but it seems no beginning weaver is, and this was a learning exercise.  I was aware that most people have trouble with the selvedges being uneven or too tight at first, so I was very careful to avoid those problems…and so I have an even edge that's too loose.  D'oh!  But I found a tutorial that explained what I need to do, so my next project should be perfect, right?

I'm not sure how long it took me, but I know I was weaving a lot faster toward the end than when I started out, so I imagine I'll continue to increase my speed.  The warping went pretty fast.  I think I'll probably pick a different location though for next time.  You can't tell from the photos, but there are cupboards directly above the counter I clamped the loom to, so I had to lean over to avoid whacking my head.  My back got kind of tired after a while. 

All in all though?  Weaving totally rocks!


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  1. Kate Carras

    You’ll get more comfortable with edges the more you weave. The scarf looks great! It should feel really good, too, since you used Blue-face Leicester wool!

  2. Lydia, Clueless Crafter

    Okay, so this is amazing. Did you really walk back and forth that many times? That is a lot of exercise, I presume!
    Thanks for including a bit of info for those that are not familiar with all these terms. And, your scarf is beautiful in its simplicity!

  3. Riin

    Thanks! Yeah, I guess it was good exercise! It wasn’t that far each time, but it was a lot of times. For my next scarf, I’m actually going to weave two scarves on the same warp, so the work of warping is divided by two scarves. I need to figure out where to set up the loom and warping peg for a long enough warp though. Hmm…

  4. Leslie

    I’m a beginner weaver unsatisfied with her selvedges too! Mind sharing a link to the tutorial you mention?

  5. Benita

    Welcome to the world of weaving – May your world always be warped!

  6. Jemajo

    I have long wanted to learn how to weave but could figure out how to get started.
    What kind of loom do you use?
    This one could actually fit in my home!
    You got me thinking of possibilities…
    Thanks for the clear photos and tutorial.

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