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 SWA is a trade association
  of Spinning and Weaving
businesses ready to help you
    get started weaving!

                                        This brochure is a
                                        joint project of the                                                                                                                  now the pure joy of
                                      Spinning and Weaving
                                                                                                                                                                       K      sitting at a loom and
                                                                                                                                                                              leaving the routine
                                                                                                                                                                       world behind. Discover how
                                                                                                                                                                       making cloth fulfills a deep
                                         Interweave Press                                                                                                              human need for engaging,
                                                                                                                                                                       creative work that will
                               Learn from the experts at                                                                                                               enhance your everyday life.
                                                                                                                                                                       Weaving is the ultimate fiber
                                                                                                                                                                       experience that connects you
                                                                                                                                                                       to an entire community of
                               From timeless classics to the newest                                                                                                    people and a world of ideas
                               best sellers, we’ve got a weaving book to                                                                                               that will enrich your life and
                                get you started and to keep you inspired along                                                                                         feed your soul. Learn to
                                your weaving journey.                                                                                                                  weave, and you will never
                                                                                                                                               look at another piece of cloth
                                                                                                                                                                       in quite the same way again.
                                                                                                                                           Visit a guild. Connect
Tools of the Trade                                                                                                                         with other weavers by going
        eaving can be as straightforward as passing yarn over and under threads

W       on a simple frame or as complex as creating elaborately patterned fabrics
        on a loom that looks like a pipe organ. The range and styles of weaving
are boundless, and one of them is just right for you. Unlock the world of weaving
                                                                                                                                           where they go. Guilds spon-
                                                                                                                                           sor classes and study groups,
                                                                                                                                           offer regular programs on
                                                                                                                                           weaving topics, and host
by finding the loom that will suit your lifestyle and create the kind of fabric that                                                        local events. The Hand-
makes your heart sing. You may even decide that you need more than one!                                                                    weavers Guild of America is
A basic principle of looms is that the simpler the loom, the more handwork you                                                             a great place to learn more,
do; the more complex the loom, the less handwork is required. Frame, triangle,                                                   
rigid heddle, inkle, and peg looms are all examples of fairly basic looms. They are                                                        Find a loom. Your best
simple, portable, and can be used to create a bevy of beautiful fabrics, from trian-                                                       bet is to buy your loom from
gular shawls to small pictorial tapestries.                                                                                                a local shop. Establishing a
Floor looms do a lot more of the work for the weaver. They engage your feet in                                                             relationship with a shop
a pedaling motion as well as your hands. Varying from the fairly simple to                                                                 owner will prove to be invalu-
elaborately computerized, these looms produce beautifully patterned fabrics.                                                               able as you begin your weav-
A variation of the floor loom is                                                                                                            ing journey. Visit the Spinning
the table loom, which takes up                                                                                                             and Weaving Association’s
less space but requires more                                                                                                               website to find a shop near
handwork. The range of fab-                                                                                                                you,
rics that can be made on a floor                                                        Seek inspiration. Books and magazines are a great way to learn about the
or table loom is extensive.                                                            wonders of weaving. There are also wool markets, exhibits, conferences (regional
                                                                                       and national), and events that are all probably closer than you think. Handwoven
                                                                                       and the Spinning and Weaving Association publish their calendar of events online.
First Steps
      here are numerous                                                                Getting Started
T     avenues to travel once
      you start your weaving
journey. Here are a few ways
                                                                                                  Spinning and Weaving Association
                                                                                                  A trade association of weaving and spinning businesses. Contact
to get started.
                                                                                                  them to find a weaving shop, loom manufacturer, or distributor.
Take a class. In addi-
tion to learning, you’ll get to                                                                    Interweave Press
try different looms and enjoy                                                                      (800) 272-2193 • •
the company of other weavers.                                                                      Publisher of Handwoven magazine and the best-selling classic
Handwoven has a listing of                                                             Learning to Weave. Visit their website for a bevy of resources including class
classes on their website,                                                              listings, weaving organizations, free projects, and event listings.

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