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Weaving

Weaving

Discover the basics of weaving from a selection of weaving kits. The Weaving Explorer Pack contains our popular mini weaving loom, stick shuttles, two hanks of yarn and full instructions to get you started. With a little practice it is possible to weave a useful length of fabric on this loom.

Other sets include a selection of the Creatiframe Kits. These kits include the tools and materials to complete a satisfying weaving project. The Luceting Kit includes a lucet which is a tool similar to a two pronged fork. This ancient weaving tool was used for creating the elaborate square sectioned cord used to decorate officers uniforms. Designed by Ziggy Rytka, he has developed an advanced luceting technique which will appeal to jewellery designers and is shared in his booklet and DVD.

Kumihimo, another braiding technique, is traditionally carried out on the Japanese Marudai loom. "Kumihimo On A Card" and "More Braids on Cards" include a cardboard cut-out loom which is suitable for learning the technique before progressing to the more expensive acrylic loom which can be found in Crafts > Weaving >

Tablet Weaving cards probably provide the most portable of weaving tools. Lengths of yarns (the warp) are fed through the holes on the cards and tied together at one end to an anchor. Rotating the cards opens the warp shed and the weft is then passed through to build up a useful band (see below for more information about the warp and weft).

Weaving is an invention! It had to be discovered, explored and developed. Fibre, such as wool and flax, had to be first processed before being spun into a stable yarn. Yarn spinning would have been a natural progression from the process of strengthening fibres for making into twine - a necessity for fixing blades to handles and roofs to shelters.

It was the intertwining of these yarns that evolved into the process of weaving a length of cloth. In woven fabrics, two sets of yarns cross perpendicular to one another. One set, known as the warp, is held taut on the weaving frame while the weft set is woven over and under the suspended warp. A shed is created by separating the warp threads at intervals to allow the weft, usually loaded onto a shuttle, to pass between. With the next row of weaving, the shed is created with a different set of warp threads which develop the pattern reflecting the colours of the threads used.

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