Essential Weaving

This course is designed to be an overview of the essential concepts to weave on your rigid heddle loom, multi-shaft loom, or whatever loom you choose.
Felicia Lo · April 11, 2019

Essential Weaving with Felicia Lo.

Welcome to Essential Weaving. For many, weaving can seem like a huge undertaking with lots of expensive and equipment attached to it, so it doesn’t seem very accessible. However, we are here to show you that the core of weaving is actually very simple and there are many paths that make it possible to find the right kind of weaving for you.

Ultimately, there is an essential body of knowledge in weaving that is helpful to know, regardless of what equipment you are using to weave that cloth. This course is designed to be exactly that — an overview of the essential concepts so that you can  weave on your rigid heddle loom, multi-shaft loom, or whatever loom you choose. After this Essential Weaving course, you’ll be able to understand how and why they work, how all forms of weaving are similar as well as how they are distinct from each other.

In this Essential Weaving course we’ll cover subjects such as:

  • Looms and tools
  • Yarns designed for weaving
  • How to plan your weaving project
  • How to wind a warp
  • Tips and tricks on how to keep weaving pain-free and fun

We hope you’ll join us for Essential Weaving! Looms, materials and more can be purchased through SweetGeorgia Yarns.


Talk about the Essential Weaving course with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!


Tag what you are making everywhere with #sosweaving and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!


Following many of our online live lectures and Zoom events, we share recordings at the SOS site so members who were unable to take part live can still join in and learn along with what was discussed during the meetup. ⁠
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Now available for viewing, you can find the replay video of Laura Fry's Drafts and Drafting live lecture! Laura dives into the principles of learning how to read weaving drafts with plenty of practical tips to put into practice. For example, do you know why it’s important to read the introduction in your weaving books? Each author uses different looms, which means different tie-ups. Learn more about this and much more at Laura's fabulous lecture replay at the School–direct link in bio »

Following many of our online live lectures and Zoom events, we share recordings at the SOS site so members who were unable to take part live can still join in and learn along with what was discussed during the meetup. ⁠

Now available for viewing, you can find the replay video of Laura Fry's Drafts and Drafting live lecture! Laura dives into the principles of learning how to read weaving drafts with plenty of practical tips to put into practice. For example, do you know why it’s important to read the introduction in your weaving books? Each author uses different looms, which means different tie-ups. Learn more about this and much more at Laura's fabulous lecture replay at the School–direct link in bio »
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Taking place tomorrow on Zoom, join Felicia for a Weaving Crafternoon session which will be all about using our weaving calculator to help design our projects — everything from simple plain weave scarves to the double weave blanket and sampler projects we are releasing soon. At tomorrow's session, we'll be looking at how the numbers were calculated for the upcoming Double Weave on 4-Shafts course so you can plan your own double weave project! ⁠
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We'll begin tomorrow, November 16th at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Find the Zoom link at our SOS Events Calendar »⁠
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If you can't join in tomorrow, we will also record this meetup for archiving on the SOS website.⁠
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#sosweaving #schoolofsweetgeorgia #felicialowong #lomeetsloom #doubleweave #multishaftweaving #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig

Taking place tomorrow on Zoom, join Felicia for a Weaving Crafternoon session which will be all about using our weaving calculator to help design our projects — everything from simple plain weave scarves to the double weave blanket and sampler projects we are releasing soon. At tomorrow's session, we'll be looking at how the numbers were calculated for the upcoming Double Weave on 4-Shafts course so you can plan your own double weave project! ⁠

We'll begin tomorrow, November 16th at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Find the Zoom link at our SOS Events Calendar »⁠

If you can't join in tomorrow, we will also record this meetup for archiving on the SOS website.⁠



#sosweaving #schoolofsweetgeorgia #felicialowong #lomeetsloom #doubleweave #multishaftweaving #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig
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Every time I come back to my loom, a little someone was playing #sosweaving

Every time I come back to my loom, a little someone was playing #sosweaving ...

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And my beloved counter yall I highly recommend. This is from cocoknits but  using for all fiber arts. 

I drafted this pattern and memorized it but I can’t keep track of how many repeats without stopping to write it down and hoping I remembered to stop.  I asked for this as part of the sos scholarship I received because of convenience and being in my face. It is magnetic so I stick it on the bolt securing my shafts. I see it constantly so I remember to pause for a second to click. Now I have a pattern and length that I should be able to recreate from project to project. This time around I’m looking for 19 repeats (I’m actually way further along than 3, I’m just bad at social media and this photo is like 4 days old… I prefer to experience the moment and share in retrospect, please forgive 🙇🏽)

And my beloved counter yall I highly recommend. This is from cocoknits but using for all fiber arts.

I drafted this pattern and memorized it but I can’t keep track of how many repeats without stopping to write it down and hoping I remembered to stop. I asked for this as part of the sos scholarship I received because of convenience and being in my face. It is magnetic so I stick it on the bolt securing my shafts. I see it constantly so I remember to pause for a second to click. Now I have a pattern and length that I should be able to recreate from project to project. This time around I’m looking for 19 repeats (I’m actually way further along than 3, I’m just bad at social media and this photo is like 4 days old… I prefer to experience the moment and share in retrospect, please forgive 🙇🏽)
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Houndstooth under tension 👀 very deconstructed color and weave patterns coming through, love that.  You can almost tell, I’m working a horizontal gradient from berry to maroon and working a vertical gradient from rust to maroon. Should make for an interesting look. The golden tones are a tonal mustard shade. 

I’m interested to see if the gradients meet and create color movement like I’ve imagined in my head and planned with numbered bobbins and specific warp winding.

Houndstooth under tension 👀 very deconstructed color and weave patterns coming through, love that. You can almost tell, I’m working a horizontal gradient from berry to maroon and working a vertical gradient from rust to maroon. Should make for an interesting look. The golden tones are a tonal mustard shade.

I’m interested to see if the gradients meet and create color movement like I’ve imagined in my head and planned with numbered bobbins and specific warp winding.
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Slow and steady weaving away a moving houndstooth project I drafted🙇🏽

This is using sweetgeorgia tough love sock and a sock blank. You’ll see I treat the two differently. Tough love sock is thrown as normal. I make sure there is a bit of room for the yarn to traverse the threads in my throwing angle or arch.  I do the same with the sock blank(rusty berry) but to a much lesser degree. I haven’t figured out how to get the crinkles out of the yarn after frogging the blank, winding a ball under tension, resting the yarn and then winding bobbins… so I’m leaving less wiggle room since there is some built in to the yarn. 

I’m weaving very slowly here because I’m carrying yarn up the selvage, being mindful of draw in, and aiming for a specific set I determined at the beginning of this project. Especially important knowing I’m working with superwash that won’t full, nor shrink as much as virgin wool, my tension, etc.

I decided to draft a signature houndstooth pattern with variations in threading from 2 through 8 and throwing 6 or 4 shots of swapping colors. I actually used a drafting software which I’ll share about in the YouTube video to come.

Anyways- Here is about ten minutes of weaving, real time, in silence (save for the occasional car outside), advancing the warp, changing bobbins, and even using my new row counter from the sos scholarship (I’m using it to count each full repeat of throwing pattern this project).

The schoolofsweetgeorgia scholarship in motion and treating me well🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤌🏾

Slow and steady weaving away a moving houndstooth project I drafted🙇🏽

This is using sweetgeorgia tough love sock and a sock blank. You’ll see I treat the two differently. Tough love sock is thrown as normal. I make sure there is a bit of room for the yarn to traverse the threads in my throwing angle or arch. I do the same with the sock blank(rusty berry) but to a much lesser degree. I haven’t figured out how to get the crinkles out of the yarn after frogging the blank, winding a ball under tension, resting the yarn and then winding bobbins… so I’m leaving less wiggle room since there is some built in to the yarn.

I’m weaving very slowly here because I’m carrying yarn up the selvage, being mindful of draw in, and aiming for a specific set I determined at the beginning of this project. Especially important knowing I’m working with superwash that won’t full, nor shrink as much as virgin wool, my tension, etc.

I decided to draft a signature houndstooth pattern with variations in threading from 2 through 8 and throwing 6 or 4 shots of swapping colors. I actually used a drafting software which I’ll share about in the YouTube video to come.

Anyways- Here is about ten minutes of weaving, real time, in silence (save for the occasional car outside), advancing the warp, changing bobbins, and even using my new row counter from the sos scholarship (I’m using it to count each full repeat of throwing pattern this project).

The schoolofsweetgeorgia scholarship in motion and treating me well🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤌🏾
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Currently wet finishing my Summer Sanity project. Worked in silence and solitude as always, but now it’s time to edit and share!  I wove a few picks whenever I had energy and a moment during the opera season, tried six treadlings on two threadings, and tried cramming and spacing by changing my beat just to experiment. 
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This was my attempt at finding a signature twill to use in some of my fall weaving. I’ll update once I’m done! Currently using some finishing techniques from #sosweaving to wet finish these.

Plus - made room on my louët to put on a new project with some materials from the SOS scholarship. Editing and uploading my scholarship supplies tomorrow since work closes early! Opera season is done but no vacay until September. Thank you for sticking with me while I had no time or energy this summer season. It was a time but this project at least gave me some weaving satisfaction and needed mental health boost🙇🏽🧶

Now wish me luck with this heat press 🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤏🏾

Currently wet finishing my Summer Sanity project. Worked in silence and solitude as always, but now it’s time to edit and share! I wove a few picks whenever I had energy and a moment during the opera season, tried six treadlings on two threadings, and tried cramming and spacing by changing my beat just to experiment.
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This was my attempt at finding a signature twill to use in some of my fall weaving. I’ll update once I’m done! Currently using some finishing techniques from #sosweaving to wet finish these.

Plus - made room on my louët to put on a new project with some materials from the SOS scholarship. Editing and uploading my scholarship supplies tomorrow since work closes early! Opera season is done but no vacay until September. Thank you for sticking with me while I had no time or energy this summer season. It was a time but this project at least gave me some weaving satisfaction and needed mental health boost🙇🏽🧶

Now wish me luck with this heat press 🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤏🏾
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This course is an overview of weaving and no ‘materials’ are required.


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Equipment

We have an excellent article Warping Equipment & Additional Tools that goes into detail on all the general equipment and tools needed for weaving. For a more information on looms, Felicia has written an article called How to buy a weaving loom.


Do you have questions about Essential Weaving Materials? Talk about it with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!


 

About Instructor

Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver // author + youtuber // been writing about colour and craft since 2004 // has far too many instagram accounts @lomeetsloom, @felicialowong, and @sweetgeorgia.

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