Blogging doesn't really seem to be my thing. How do you know what others will find interesting enough to read. Finally I seem to have found something to blog about that is rather a unique hobby. Two weeks ago I purchased a rigid heddle loom. There doesn't seem to be a lot on the internet about this type of loom. So I want and hope to share my adventures in weaving.
I purchased an Ashford rigid heddle loom from The Village Spinning and Weaving shop in Solvang CA, http://www.villagespinweave.com/ Our craft group has been going there for several years and they have always been so kind and helpful to us. So after a little research on looms I called them up and they had everything I wanted in stock and even put the loom together for me. The reason I finally decided on the Ashford was the company's reputation and that the loom came in a 32 inch wide weaving area. So off we went to Solvang to buy a loom and eat pastry! I can't express the excitement of finally owning a loom, it had been 40 years since I first used a loom. Since then it has been a nagging desire to get my own loom to use whenever I wanted, it was an incredible high! I was like a kid getting their first bike. I also purchased an amazing book, The Weaver's Idea Book, creative cloth on a rigid heddle loom. It isn't a beginners book. It shows how using different combinations of color in the warp and weft produce patterns. The book also shows how to use a double heddle and how to warp it! So armed with very little beginner information, I've jumped in with both feet. It is going to be an amazing adventure and I hope I will be able to help other beginning weavers.