Learning to weave can be confusing at the best of times, so we thought we would compile some of the best Blogs, videos and websites we have come across over the years in to one page, if there’s something we are missing please feel free to tell us in the comments below.
Helpful sites for Beginners
Great website full of tutorials and new techniques
Weaving community and blog updated almost every day
Dedicated weaving sub-Reddit great discussion board for anything weaving
Primarily a social network for knitters but also has a massive weaving community currently just under 100,000 different weaving projects to try
Great video’s for beginner’s
Great start to finish table loom weaving tutorial she also has a brilliant video on how to calculate Warp and Weft.
One of the oldest start to finish weaving tutorials on You Tube covers everything from starting off to wet finishing in this brilliant 19 part series, sadly Elizabeth has not been active on you tube for some time now.
Brilliant basic tutorial for those looking to learn the basics so that they can get started straight away.
Great tutorial on getting your loom ready to weave
A life saver when trying to get to grips with the weaver lingo
Great animation describing the different types of weft insertion into a loom.
Some brilliant Blogs worth reading
“Peggy Osterkamp’s special skill is making the richness of her training and experience accessible to students. In the series, Peggy Osterkamp’s New Guide to Weaving, she presents a wealth of weaving knowledge and research, much of it never available before in the United States.”
“Weaving Works Founded in 1974, owner and professional weaver, Marcy Johnson, opened the store in a small corner shop in Seattle’s University District to supply her students and local weavers with affordable quality materials. Over the years, The Weaving Works has grown into a store and school supporting all aspects of the textile arts.”
“Interweave’s Weaving Today is an online community and resource for yarn and fiber lovers everywhere! Meet other weavers, learn new weaving techniques & browse new weaving projects. We’ll be bringing you new articles.
“Deanna Jill Deeds is a Weaver, dyer, spinner, worker of sprang and other fiber techniques!”
“Stacey Harvey-Brown has been teaching weaving since 2005, firstly at The Loom Room in the UK and now, from her new studio near Nérac, in the heart of Gascony, SW France.”
“Tara J Curtis creates multi-dimensional, functional fabric art for the home using classic and madweave techniques. An enthusiastic teacher, Tara is dedicated to helping other sewists incorporate weaving into their projects while teaching them a new skill. She is the inventor of the WEFTY, the only needle made by a weaver designed specifically for use with fabric strips and bias strips.”
“Kate Kilgus, Londonderry, New Hampshire artisan, creates handwoven wearables and home decor under her label, Nutfield Weaver”
A great blog which follows the Tuesday Weavers, a lively group of weavers from all levels and all walks of life. Who meet every Tuesday at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris, Tennessee, USA for weaving, learning, fellowship and a lot of laughter.
“An ongoing discussion of one weaver’s life…..”
Some life-saving tips and tricks
Tutorial on how to fix those annoying couple of broken heddles when you just don’t have the time to order more.
Brilliant life hacks for fixing some of the most common problems you’re come across when weaving fabric.
Great tutorial on how to easily cut off a project while in the middle of a warp.
Brilliant fix if you’re having tension issues at the end of your warp.
Some great days out
Originally built in 1455 as part of the Black Swan Terrace a group of six what we would call today live-work units.
Weaver’s house has been restored to show what it would have looked like in 1540 to when John Croke a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family lived and worked there.
Weaver’s house is entirely run by volunteers and only has a handful of open days a year, so it’s best to check their website (linked above) before planning a visit.
Originally opened in 1837 by Joseph Dover, originally a merchant turned mill manager from Keswick, Dover. had dreamed of owning a mill most of his life which came true in 1836 when he bought 9 acres of land on the bed of the River Clough for £490 (£47,168.18 adjusted for inflation).
Sadly he died just two years after fulfilling his lifelong dream, with the mill being passed on to his two sons James and John who carried on the business which stayed in the family for just over 100 years.
Farfield ceased production in the early 1990s after 156 years of textile production and was recused from dilapidation by a team of dedicated locals and enthusiasts keen to continue the industrial heritage and traditional skills of textiles.
Farfield now has a rolling program of exhibitions workshops and events, they also have a café and the 300-year-old Witney Blanket Loom (bottom left) which was kindly donated The Earl’s Archive Trust.
The amazing Christ in Glory tapestry housed at Coventry Cathedral is thought to be one of the largest woven tapestries in the world; the inclusion of a tapestry in the new cathedral was an integral part of the design by architect Basil Spence and Graham Sutherland was commissioned to design the tapestry in 1951.
The tapestry was woven in France at the workshop of Pinton Frères of Felletin near Aubusson, and was installed in the Cathedral in March 1962 before the consecration ceremony in May. It measures 23m high by 12m wide and is made of undyed cotton warps and dyed wool wefts with a weave count of 12 warps per inch.
It is estimated to have more than 900 colours and was created by a team of 12 weavers working for two years. It was woven in one piece with the slits between the different areas of colour stitched closed at 5mm intervals.