I started weaving earlier this year when I got a rigid heddle loom. I’ve made several things and really love doing it. But, I heard a rumor that looms reproduce. Like all other crafts, you cannot have just one. Isn’t it funny how that works? (And if it doesn’t work that way for you, you need to tell me–and all the crafters like me–how you have such discipline.)
There are a million different ways to weave, of course. And the next kind to grab my interest was card (it is sometimes called tablet) weaving. You thread your fiber through the four corners of your cards and turn them to create a pattern.
Thankfully the internet is full of resources and I was able to get up and started quickly. I got my inkle loom at The Fold in Marengo, Illinois. An inkle loom isn’t a necessity; you could use a rigid heddle loom or a backstrap loom. Even c-clamps and a table will work in a pinch as long as you get proper tension.
I went with the inkle loom because I like the idea of having two projects going at once. I’m worried about getting proper tension on the inkle loom because my hands are pretty weak from rheumatoid arthritis and you need to really pull on the peg to get it tight. I seem to be doing ok. I won’t know how it really looks until the band is done and off the loom.
The hardest thing about the card weaving is it’s a different movement than with rigid heddle weaving. So I keep getting messed up! I forget to pass the thread through. I forget to beat the thread. It’s a mind game!
But I love it. I can’t wait to get better at this!