Category Archives: Weaving

Weaving for Amateurs

This weekend I went back to Brighton to catch up with some old friends. It was the annual Islingword Street Party – and this is the street where I used to live, so I knew there would be a lot of old faces to see!

During a break in the pub I spotted this book on the shelf:

Weaving for Amateurs - 1941

It was only £3 and looks to contain everything I need to get started on my new loom (aside from a new reed, which I am yet to get hold of).

Weaving for Amateurs

The book was first published in 1941, yet it looks like it’s been sat on a shelf ever since. Aside from explaining what all of the parts of the loom are called and what they do, it talks about all the basics, how to set up, get going, and different types of looms that you might come across.

There are also pages of patterns and explanations how to use them. And a big section at the back about dyeing yarn, vegetable dyes, the ratios to use and the colours you will get.

Then it goes on to talk about spinning – using a spindle, or a spinning wheel, teasing and carding.

All this in 78 pages! I’m quite impressed. Maybe I’ll get around to dyeing my own yarn one day!