I thought that weaving was “too hard” for me to learn. But since 2007, I have owned and loved the Ashford Knitters Loom, which is simple enough to learn in 30 minutes, and I have completed a scarf in under 4 hours.
By chance, Ecoyarns had a stand (at the Craft show in the Racecourse) right next to Gay Epstein who runs Ashford Australia in Cooma, and the very talented and patient Nicola Bota ( she runs the craft shop at Ashford New Zealand), who taught me to warp and weave in about 30 minutes, then tolerated me asking them a million questions.
My most recent project was commenced at the Majacraft Camp last September, with a lot of new (to me) techniques, as taught by the highly talented and enthusiastic teacher Donyale Grant of Moggy and Me.
That scarf is finally finished and I must say it is a very textured scarf that my OCD tendencies would otherwise have not let me create. This unstructured (my opinion) method of free weaving really challenged by my usual strict edges, no loose threads policy.
I can see a world of possibilities open up with those pesky yarn ends from completed projects. (Oh yeah, I keep them too. Hoarding tendency?)
See what you think.
Brief guide to what I did :
Using the 30cm Knitters Loom and the 10dpi reed, warp 60 ends.
Collect a random assortment of materials that you might like to see together.
I used : crochet cotton, DK cotton, handspun (various types), sari ribbon, novelty yarns, smooth 8 ply wool various colours, tufts of fibre, silk georgette offcuts, novelty yarns, silk ribbon.
Begin the first few rows with a smooth yarn, then try any technique you like.
When you get to the end of the warp with about 12cm left, use a smooth yarn for a few rows to finish.
Twist ends to form fringe. Dunk scarf in hot water and gently roll in a towel, the bash the towel around, rinse in cold water. Dry flat.