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I’m Officially a Weaver!


I’ve been wanting to take a weaving class forever!  I looked back through the blog, and found a post from May of 2010 about my desire to learn to weave.  Well….last week I was finally able to take a class.  And oh, was it worth the wait!

The Weavers Guild of Minnesota has an amazing class list!  I’ve been trying forever to schedule a beginning class.  The problems was that the classes for beginners are either a Monday thru Friday class or a Friday thru Sunday class.  It just never worked to carve out that much time to be away.  So, as you saw in my last post, the timing finally worked.  And I’m totally and completely fascinated with weaving.

In the past, every time I mentioned wanting to learn to weave, my readers suggested buying a Cricket loom.  I know me.  And I know I’ll go crazy.  Go big or go home is my motto!  More on that later.  I had in my mind that I wanted a new cherry Mighty Wolf with an 8 harness.  As the class progressed, I started to rethink what I wanted.  Yes!  That’s exactly why I waited to take a class before I purchased anything.

I got home on Friday and on Saturday, I headed over to visit a high school friend.  She had a loom she wanted to sell.  It turned out it is a Mighty Wolf, although its only a 4 harness.  To make a long story short, I now have a loom… our bedroom.

In the photo it looks like cherry, but we’re trying to figure out what it is.  It’s too light to be cherry and too dark to be maple.  Whatever!  I love it.  By Saturday night, I had it warped and by Monday morning, I had my first official done-all-by-myself finished project.  I made every rookie mistake there was to make, but I figured out how to fix stuff and here it is!

Just a simple project with two colors of perle cotton.  I’m sure you’d like to see more, right?

And I did take all of your suggestions to check Craigslist, and on Sunday night I bought another loom.  It’s huge and beautiful and scary and fun!  And I spent less on both looms than I would have if I’d made my original purchase.

And now, I’m off to thread the big loom for the first time.  Wish me luck!  I’ll be back to tell you how it went.


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

7 thoughts on “I’m Officially a Weaver!

  1. Squee!! I am so excited for you!! I have had weaving in the back of my mind for a while now, too! In fact, a friend of mine offered to sell me her extra loom, as she has two.

    Good for you!

    I cannot wait to see your fabulous new projects!

  2. WOW! That looks fabulous, very Scandinavian looking!

  3. Wow! That’s fantastic. I’ve also thought about trying the weaving thing, too. Might have to give in…
    Have Fun!!!

  4. Have fun!!!!!!! You are fortunate to have your guild close by.

  5. You’re a hoot! You have 2 looms now? I think I want a cricket so I would use up my fingering weight yarn faster. Do you think so?

  6. Rats! If only I had known you were looking for a loom! I have a beautiful cherry 8-shaft/10-treadle, made-in-Minnesota Beka loom right down here in Rochester. It’s a classic (built in the late 70s but barely used until I got it, and I haven’t had time to keep it too busy. 🙂 If you find yourself looking for something with 8 shafts and 48″ weaving width…. (I’m Torchsinger on Ravelry, too)

  7. Yay! You are a weaver!

    The loom looks like it is in great shape too. It is a maple loom. just as cherry darkens, maple gets a honey patina and it is beautiful.

    Happy weaving!

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