Weaving can be a great activity or past-time. It can also be good to invest in because not all people will find themselves weaving and will just buy a finished weaved product. There are a lot of weaving patterns and it can be mind-boggling. But with practice, it can get easier every time.
There are several supplies and tools you’ll need for weaving. Some of these are basic and some you can do without.
1. Weaving Needles
You definitely can’t use a regular needle or only one thread of the yarn will successfully get in. Weaving needles are specialized needles used for weaving or tapestry. Generally, you’ll only need one kind. But you might want to have another one in case you lost the other, or get another kind if you have bigger projects in mind. There are 3 types of weaving needles: small and straight, bent, and long. The small type is usually made of plastic and has a big eye and blunt tip. This is perfect for yarns with a thicker width. The bent type is used if you want to have a faster pace when weaving. Because it is bent, it lets you get under warps easier and faster. The long needle is, well, long, and just like the bent needle, it makes the weaving process faster. Other needles also come in different shapes. Circular knitting needles are an example.
2. Frame Loom
Frame looms are called so because they look like a rectangular picture frame. Frame looms are used to attach and hold warp yarns and build a structure before you weave the actual pattern. There are 2 types of frame looms: lap loom and standing loom. The lap loom, as the name suggests, is a small frame loom that can perfectly fit your lap. The standing looms are slightly bigger than lap looms. They have a stand behind them and arms. These are used to propel them upwards and stay put. All you need to do is set it up on a table and you can get on weaving.
3. Shed Stick
Shed sticks come in different materials and sizes. Pick one that is wider than your warp yarn. They are particularly helpful by giving space when you are pulling yarn across the warp without a needle, and by keeping the weaving straight when woven down the bottom before starting an actual weave.
4. Yarn for Warps
Warps are set of yarns that are expanded through the loom to form a lengthwise structure or foundation for the actual weave. Any type of yarn can be used for warps. But most people prefer cotton because of its softness, flexibility, and strength. These characteristics make for a great yarn. But yarns made from bamboo or hemp can be used as well. For starters, you can start with light colors and proceed to other ones once you become a pro or at least get the hang of it.
The internet has a lot of resources that can help you find your supplies and tools.