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About | The Weaving Loom

About The Weaving Loom

Back when I was interested in weaving, there were many different resources to find out how to do the basics, but at the time there wasn’t any one place to go to. I searched for resources and taught myself how to weave through those resources and also through my own trial and error. As I gained experience weaving, I still would see brand new beginners asking about where to find out how to do different techniques, so I decided to create The Weaving Loom. I’m so happy I did too, because I really enjoy sharing what I’ve have learned, including the ways I’ve done things wrong. My goal for this website is to have a point of access for beginner weavers and also those looking to expand on what they already know, by trying something new.

I’m on my own weaving journey, so I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I love to share what I do know. I also want to encourage you to experiment and learn through many different outlets. There are many books to learn from and if you have the ability to attend a weaving class, then definitely do so. There is much more then one way to do things, so it is very valuable to learn from many different people.

I’m also more then happy to answer questions people have that they may be struggling with. If you have an issue send me an email at kate@theweavingloom.com and if possible, I will help!

About | The Weaving LoomPhotograph by Deanne Mroz Photography

About Me

My name is Kate, I live just outside of Chicago with my husband, two sons, and my silly french bulldog, Lou. Follow along with my weaving day-to-day here.

Some things about me:

  • I’m a long time lover of fiber arts and have dabbled in knitting, crochet, embroidery, but fell hard for weaving
  • I LOVE books and often I’m reading or listening to audiobooks (I’m always looking for good book recommendations)
  • I have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a master’s degree in Finance
  • I put my career on hold to stay home with my two young boys
  • Both of my boys were talking at a younger age and I’m pretty sure it’s because I talk to myself… a lot
  • I’m a secret cat lady. It’s a secret because I haven’t own a cat in about 6 years and it’s not looking like I’ll get one anytime soon. Seriously, I had cat posters all over my bedroom as a tween, and I may or may not have worn shirts with cats on them to school.
  • I’m a sock person, as in I don’t like walking around barefoot. Is that weird? Never mind, don’t tell me
  • I often make up little nonsense song ditties, that I sing out loud around the house
  • I’m a morning person, I used to wake up before my alarm everyday until I had kids, which is coincidentally when I started drinking coffee
  • I love helping people and solving problems, which if you have sent me an email with a question already, then you know 😉About | The Weaving Loom

I’m extremely thankful for all the lovely and talented people I have met through this blog and social media. Thank you for stopping over at my blog, you’re the reason I put all this time and effort into The Weaving Loom and I really hope you enjoy it!

Happy Weaving!

Kate

40 Comments

  • Reply
    joanne chan
    December 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    love your blog! i’ve just started weaving and will be referring to your site often for tips and guidance 🙂

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      Kate
      December 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much Joanne! I hope you enjoy weaving!

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    Erin Lauray
    February 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you for this resource! I just started weaving as well and have found your site to be EXTREMELY helpful! 🙂

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      Kate
      February 5, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Hi Erin! You are very welcome and I’m so happy you’re finding my site helpful 🙂

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    Reut
    March 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Your blog is everything I’ve been searching for and so much more!
    I’m so excited to dig in and start reading all your wonderful posts …
    Thank you so much!
    Reut

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      Kate
      March 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Reut, thank you for your kind words 🙂

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    judy leffler
    April 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I am so glad you have made this blog! You have no idea how often I am referring back to it. I have even made a folder in my mail to keep all the emails you send out. Just wanted to let you know this blog is so awesome and keep up the great work! Thanks!

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      Kate
      April 18, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Judy, that is so nice of you to say 😀

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    Sharnee Torrents
    April 29, 2016 at 5:25 am

    LOVE this blog and all the amazing tips and helpful information you sooo happily share!! 🙂 Thank you HEAPS!! What a blessing to have you go through things step by step!! I only hope to make beautiful things on my (very new) weaving journey like you have Kate 🙂
    YAY for sharing and YAY for the Weaving Loom!!
    Smiles Sharnee 🙂
    p.s Oh my your little logo is TOTALLY FABULOUS!

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      Kate
      April 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Sharnee, you’re too kind!! I’m sure you will make very beautiful weaves 🙂

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    leslie renee crockett
    May 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Hello. I wandered into this site while looking up for historical information on old knitting frames and am very pleased. I’ve been interested in fiber arts; especially weaving; from earliest childhood. My education is in bio and psy but I am self taught in sewing, knitting, embroidery, twining. Salish weaving etc. I’ve made several trys at fine weaving with mixed results. I think I expect too much from myself. I’m Aspergers and have spatial difficulties but I’ve gotten good at some of this stuff through sheer persistence. (read ‘ bull headed) Three of my four adult kids are talented artists, as was my mom. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      Kate
      May 23, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Hi! Thanks for reaching out, it sounds like you’ve done a lot of different fiber arts and I’m very happy if my site will help you get more into weaving 🙂

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    laurel
    June 18, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Thank you so much for creating such a helpful site!! I have been frustrated recently because all of the weavers I follow charge lots of money for classes and info books that I just couldn’t pay for. I’m so grateful for a place where I can widen my skills without spending all my money, thank you thank you thank you!!!

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      Kate
      June 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I understand, I try my best to share weaving and make it available to as many people as possible. But those charging money for classes and books is due to the fact that it takes a lot of time and work to arrange all that so please don’t feel that they have bad intentions. There are a lot of talented people offering classes and taking a class in person can teach a lot more then I can in pictures and words, so I do feel it is worth it for those who can afford it. But I’m more then happy to help people who want to learn how to weave get started 🙂

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    Brooke
    June 18, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Hi Kate,
    I’m just trying to teach myself the herringbone technique but the link to your step by step process isn’t working 🙁 any chance you could help me with this? Thanks
    Brooke

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    Marcia
    June 18, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Hi Kate, I too enjoy your site and use it often to figure out something or to try something new. I do have a question for you. I’m obsessed with weaving and think it’s the right craft for me at this point in my life but I don’t know what to do with my weavings once I’m done. I’ve made gifts for friends and I’ve hung them in my house – my poor husband never knows what he’s going to find on which wall. I’m not interested in selling but would like to do something with my pieces – at least the ones I’m proud of – without getting a divorce. Any ideas?

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      Kate
      June 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      That is a hard question. Maybe you could ask a local coffee shop or small retail shop, something like that, if they would like to display your weaves as decoration? They might be very willing to hang free art on their walls. I also have been to a few hair salons that have art on the walls, so a place like that might also work? And if it’s a place you go to, then you could easily see your pieces as much as you want 🙂

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        Jean Jones
        September 25, 2016 at 5:38 am

        I’m just “putting my toes in weaving waters”, but I’ve been a cross stitcher for over 45 years now. I’ve actually “Master” status over in Europe, just because I’ve a few stitchy friends who have down others, etc etc etc lol!!
        However, I thought I’d put my 2¢ worth in re: donating/doing something with your work. Years ago, I’d stitched a beautiful piece done in Sienna (browns, tans, ecru, white) of a mother holding infant. I finished and framed TWO days before birth of only daughter.
        For 25 years, it held a special place on my living room wall. One day, I overheard my mother taking about a place “Lily’s Place”. It’s coming to life was a very hard road, they wanted to try community support more than federal grant money, loans, etc.
        Lily’s Place is a FREE place for drug addicted moms who have given birth to drug addict infants (in this area of West Virginia that pretty much means heroin addiction).
        After two hard years, it began to pick up steam. One day, I was cleaning (a much more difficult and lengthy job due to extent of my physical disabilities) and dusting the 20-odd framed stitched pieces in my living room and a light popped on.
        I took down the “Mother & Child” piece and took it over to my mom’s and asked her to please take it to Lily’s Place and give it to them. Her jaw dropped because it is such a beautiful piece. She asked me if I was positive and I told her yes, but with one caveat: I wished to remain anonymous.
        A few months down the road, I went in with my mom to visit her (director of the place) and as I crossed the threshold, I almost started crying.
        There hanging on a wall with beautiful sconces on each side and a spotlight aimed at it (thank heaven for non glare glass) was the piece I’d donated! Below was an engraved plaque stating the story of how it came to be there and a multitude of appreciation for the “anonymous donor”.
        I received more pleasure in anonymous than when I donate “visually”. Just a little something too think about while you’re tossing around ideas for donating!

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          Kate
          September 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm

          Thanks for sharing. That’s a beautiful story and a great idea.

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    Marcia
    June 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks!

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    Charlotte Rains Dixon
    July 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I’m a lifelong knitter but new to weaving–awaiting the arrival of my first loom, which I’ve ordered from Etsy. Your blog is amazing and so full of helpful information. I’ve been blogging about writing for 10 years so I know what effort it takes to accomplish this. Thanks so much.

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      Kate
      July 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Fun! I hope you really love weaving. I did a quick skim of your blog and it looks really interesting, I’ll have to check it out in more depth later. Have a great day!

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    Jennidee Mills
    July 24, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Hi Kate, i discovered your blog a few days ago and jumped right in. I am having some trouble getting my woven creations OFF the looms. I want to removed them from the looms to sew together into larger creations. Can you do a tutorial on how to neatly weave in warp threads and how to stop the circle from curling or buckling once removed? Thanks so much ….Jenni

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    Jennidee Mills
    July 24, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Oh Kate, i forgot to mention in my last comment that I’m doing CIRCULAR weaving on cardboard looms and on hoops. So i’m interested to know how to remove the circles and weave in the warps.

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    Lisa
    July 27, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Hi Kate,
    I’m a Textiles teacher from Norwich and looking forward to sharing some of your work with the students after the holidays. They will be starting a new constructed textiles unit, can you recommend any current exhibitions that may support them in their study? Fantastic tutorials and resources!!!
    Many thanks,
    Lisa

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      Kate
      July 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m not sure of current exhibitions in your area, but there are more and more textile shows popping up, so I hope you can find one.

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    Grace
    August 9, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Thank you so much the thought and time that you put into this blog. Your instructions have transformed weaving from a source of frustration into therapy!
    I’m still having issues with the edges of my weaves, though. After sufficient practice I am no longer pulling my weft threads too tight and changing the shape of the weaving. However, keeping the weft nice and loose means I’m having a hard time making nice straight lines up the edges of my weaving. Do you have any tips on keeping the outer edges uniform while still avoiding pulling the weft threads too tight? Does that make sense? I can send a picture to clarify if needed.

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      Kate
      August 10, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Thank you for your kind words! I often get asked about the outer edges and I don’t have a really good solution (but I hope to figure one out!). It’s really good that you figured out how to keep the warp threads from pulling in, that is most people’s issue. I have read about people folding the edge back, ironing it and then sewing it to the back of the weave to get a nice finished edge. I haven’t tried this myself, and I think it’s mostly done on large tapestries, but that is something to consider if you really want a nice edge. I hope this helps!

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    Era
    October 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I’m so thankful for this blog! I’m just starting my weaving journey and it’s been invaluable.
    One question I haven’t been able to find the answer too though is, is it possible to make weaves with gaps in them?
    ie. to not add a weft/cover a warp on parts of the weave?

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      Kate
      October 4, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Yes it is possible to make gaps on purpose and have exposed warp pieces. It might get tricker if the exposed warp area is large, like you might have to secure the top weft in some way, but definitely play around with it 🙂

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    Robin
    October 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    So glad I joined your site. I have just begun my weaving journey. I’m dabbling in weaving and crochet. I’m originally from Chicago as well.

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      Kate
      October 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Very cool! I hope you love weaving, it can be addictive 🙂

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    Dagny Carolina Opsal
    November 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Thanks for all the good advice! Learnt a lot!

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      Kate
      November 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Great! I’m happy to help 🙂

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    Neve Ally Johnson
    November 22, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Hi Kate,
    Thanks for creating this website. I know how to knit and crochet and have been contemplating starting weaving, so I thought I would just find out how to make a little cardboard loom which led me to your site. Everything is very helpful.

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      Kate
      November 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Oh good, I’m happy to hear that 🙂

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    Kezia
    December 1, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Hey! I did my first attempt of weaving last night (I have loads of other work to do for a craft fair this Sunday but I needed to get the first one out of my system) You have been so helpful! Definitely going to carry on and maybe incorporate my embroideries and weaving together! Thanks for the help!

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      Kate
      December 4, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Fun! I’m so happy I could help 🙂

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