Amy weavers out there? I love woven items. But I have a rough time keeping the

@writersedge (22579)
United States
August 15, 2008 6:12pm CST
both sides even. I always have one side that is tighter and therefore smaller than the other. So do you weave? What kind(s) of weaving do you do? How did you get started? Are you good at it? How do you keep your weaving even?
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
16 Aug 08
It has been a long time since I did weaving. I had one of those small sets that you make scarves, but is it not the case of adjusting the tension? You have to turn the screws and you have to make sure that that bobbin or thingamabob you put through the threads is keep at the same tension and that you press the thing (shows you how many years I last weaved) evenly and not at an angle. So it has to be getting it at the right tension, and pressing the threads evenly.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Yes, it's not as easy as people think. I think the thingamabob is a shuttle, but I'm not sure. Haven't quite figured out how to keep the tension the same, but now I know why, two things to worry about. Thanks and take care.
@ElicBxn (60053)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I'd love to learn to weave - where did you get your loom? that's one of those things I did a little of when I was in school and enjoyed, but would like to try something bigger now that I'm older.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I college I took a class to teach kids crafts, the teacher had all the minature looms that look the the really big ones only table top sized. There are instructions to make your own on the internet. Some people just use a wooden frame with evenly spaced pegs. It depends on what and how you weave. Thanks and take care.
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@ElicBxn (60053)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I have an Inkle loom I got from freecycle and the instructions to use it. I hardly have time to weave with all my other stuff. I have a second strap about done on it tho.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Aug 08
That sounds cool. A second one, well, even without much time, sounds like you're doing well. Thanks and take care
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@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Hi writersedge. I am not a weaver. Doesn't that call for a big contraption of some sort? When I knit, I have trouble keeping my stitches all the same size. Maybe that's similar to not regulating your weaving, I don't know. I would think that weaving would be quite a talent to have as people like specialty items such as one-of-a-kind material and that sort of thing.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Also pot holders, we used to weave pot holders in school. Small frame with pegs at the end. Did you weave pot holders? Little rubberylike cloth made in elongated circles that you put end to end and once you had them all one way, you took the other ones the other way and wove them in?
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• United States
16 Aug 08
As a matter of fact, I do recall using those little square framed weaving looms for potholders. We would use those long loops to weave in and out. That was fun. That was when I was just a little kid and didn't really remember that until you mentioned it.
• United States
16 Aug 08
Writersedge, I think your description of weaving paper by cutting the strips not quite all the way through sounds fun. I never did that but I can sure see how a person could make placemats that way. Sounds like googling the topic of weaving would provide all types of ways to weave. Thanks!
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I would really enjoy learning to weave baskets. I'd have to take a class to learn the basics. I did a little bitty weaving project so many years ago I forgot what I made but it was fun. It was a summer program when I was still in school. Can't even remember how old I was at the time. Would have to say it was over 50 years ago. Wow, that's a long time ago. Now I feel old!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Maybe you wove a placemat, check out my response to PearlGrace above. Gives the directions for the most common project kids usually do plus an upgrade so you can keep it. My husband and I took a basketmaking class. He was really, really good at it. Take care and thanks for the response.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Maybe you wove a pot holder, many schools do that, too.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Aug 08
We did make potholders on a little loom. I believe it was made from wood. I just can't remember what I weaved so it must not have been anything important or impressive for my mother...lol Trying to remember a half a century back isn't easy!
@fifileigh (3621)
• United States
16 Aug 08
who is Amy Weavers? searching for an old friend on here? just kidding...i am assuming you meant "any weavers out there" when i was a kid i learn to do macramay or however u spell it in school. i used to do pot holders and chokers and bracelets and anklets with yarn. just simple stuff. i am average..it is kid stuff...
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Aug 08
The skills we learn as kids, we sometimes leave behind and other times we refine. Chokers and bracelets/anklets, I never did those, the potholders and macrame, I've done those before, the choker was macrame, come to think of it. With my eyesight, any and amy look alike sometimes. Thanks and take care.
@ruby222 (4848)
16 Aug 08
The only time that I ever remember weaving was when I was at school,and we made a cardboard loom,I cant even think how we did it now,it was that long ago!but lol im sure it was a bookmark tha we had to weave ,and I can remember having the woll and going in and out of the warp and the weft,but I cant ever remember the finished bookmark,or maybe it never got finished!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I noticed some cardboard ideas when I researched it. I haven't tried cardboard yet, but the price certainly is right for the loom, isn't it? Recycling crafts, here we come! Thanks and take care.