It’s finally time to weave! We’ve traveled together through all the steps to dress the loom. And now, it’s time for some weaving! In this video, which is part 6 in our 7-part series, I will show you how it all comes together into a weaving project. I will create fabric right before your very eyes. Pretty magical!

I’ll tell you a little about technique, and a little about materials. Plus, I’ll identify all the steps that came before and explain why they were important. And mostly, I’ll toss the shuttle to & fro, and add a few inches to our project while we chat! I hope you enjoy Episode 10 of “A Handwoven Experience”. Happy Weaving!



Show Notes –

  • Planning a project is the 1st step of a weaving project, which include 3 goals – 1) deciding the length of the warp yarns 2) counting how many warp yarns will be in the project, and 3) determining the order.
  • Warping a project is the 2nd step of a weaving project where each warp yarn is measured to the same length, and in the correct order. (Typically, this is done on a warping board or mill.)
  • Warp refers to the yarns that are in the loom and under tension.
  • Sleying the reed is the 3rd step of a weaving project. Each warp yarn is assigned to a slot (dent) in a reed. The reed’s job is to keep the project at a consistent width in the loom, which is key.
  • Threading the heddles is the 4th step of a weaving project when each warp yarn is paired with a shaft in the loom. This step helps set up the options for the pattern of the fabric.
  • Heddles are thin, metal strips (by the way, they aren’t always metal, but mine are!) with an eye in the middle that slide along a top and bottom rail in each shaft of the loom. Each warp yarn goes into a heddle on a specific shaft, therefore determining when it will lift up in the weaving pattern.
  • Shaft is a frame in the loom that lifts and lowers, separating yarns which will then create the weaving pattern.
  • Winding on is the 5th step of the weaving process. The entire warp is shifted through the loom and then tied on to the back. (Requires a bit of balance and a smidgen of patience.)
  • Weaving is the 6th step of a weaving project. In this step, yarns are lifted and lowered, depending on what shaft they are on. A shuttle is tossed from side-to-side, releasing the weft yarn into the fabric. And the beater bar is pulled forward to position the weft yarns and tighten the fabric.
  • Treadles are pedals below the loom that are connected to the shafts.
  • Plain weave is the simplest weaving pattern – over, under, over, under (think potholders!).
  • Weft refers to yarns that are in the shuttle.
  • Shuttle is an item that holds the weft yarns that travel back and forth across the warp to create fabric.
  • Rag shuttle is a type of shuttle where the weft yarns are wound directly on it, instead of on a bobbin. This type of shuttle is typically larger than a stick or boat shuttle.
  • Beater bar is a large piece at the front of the loom that moves forward and back. It is important because it serves 2 purposes – 1) to hold the reed, and 2) to tighten the yarns in the fabric.


A little something extra –

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