Loom Theory: Eight and Over Eight Scarf Collection—A Weaving Remedy
Remembering my own progress in learning to weave, I conceived of Loom Theory: Eight and Over Eight Scarf Collection to help other weavers progress in their own weaving careers. Like many weavers, I started weaving on 4-shaft looms. On 4-shaft looms, I wove my first sampler, progressed to some ill-fated placemats, and then wove a couple of wormy chenille scarves. Somehow I survived those projects and developed a love for the process and products of handweaving.
At some point, I graduated to 8-shaft looms. I purchased an 8-shaft loom and happily wove on it for many years, and to this day, I am happy when weaving on it. It is sturdy and quiet and a good companion to the ever-thinner yarns I find myself drawn to.
A few years later, I noticed that sometimes I needed even more shafts than 8 to weave the designs I had in my head; summer and winter with figures, damask, patterned doubleweave, and the like. I succumbed to temptation and purchased a 24-shaft dobby loom. And then I developed a bit of a phobia. I wasn’t sure what to weave. It felt like all of my ideas floated right out of my head, and I panicked a little. Luckily for me, I knew the solution to my problem because the same panic attack had struck me when I got my 8-shaft loom. I moved forward by starting a project that I knew was already “proofed.”
It’s in moments like that when I’m happy to know that there are other weavers in the world and patterns that I can go to for help. I may make some stylistic changes to a pattern but that boost up to the starting line on a project is priceless. I can see how the colors in the finished project interact, so I know how to substitute my own, I don’t need to worry about sett because it has been figured out for me, and I learn tips and tricks for weaving and finishing that can save me all sorts of heartbreak.
I’m a little in love with Loom Theory: Eight and Over Eight Scarf Collection. The scarves are beautiful and luxurious, and they are achievable for intermediate weavers while still a good challenge for advanced weavers. Each of the designers chose weave structures that worked perfectly with the yarn, and they finished the scarves with style .
My hope is that you will weave the beautiful 8-shaft looms (affiliate link) and over 8-shaft scarf patterns in the collection and use them as a springboard to learn about new-to-you weave structures and yarns, new techniques for finishing, and new ways of combining color.
My gift to you: the weaving panic attack remedy, Loom Theory: Eight and Over Eight Scarf Collection. I think you’ll love it too.