Todd Loom Help!

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stuartlynn wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 12:38 AM

Hey guys 

Just registered for the forums here but had some hope you could help me out. 

My girlfriend is an avid knitter and had expressed some interest in weaving so I got her a loom as a surprise for Christmas. Unfortunately the loom in question came with some not fantastic instructions and we are both trying to figure out some basics for it.

Its a Tood Loom which I bought form here 

http://www.dickblick.com/products/todd-loom/

from the description it sounded like a great one to get for someone starting off but without decent instructions I am not so sure.

I have searched the internet a fair bit for a better guide but all I keep turning up is this  (wonderfully historic though it is, the sections on under privileged schools and weaving are a great read) slightly unhelpful book

http://fax.libs.uga.edu/T848xT7/1f/hand_loom_weaving.pdf

Does anyone here have some good resources for a beginner on a Todd weaving loom ? 

Any and all help very appreciated! 

 

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CarolineA Big Smile [:D] wrote
on 17 Jan 2013 1:18 AM
hi Stuart, I've just had a quick look through the resources here and not found what you need; they have moved things around since I last looked, grrrr! Try this page on Squidoo: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-weave-fabric-loom-weaving-craft-tutorials this covers most of the simpler looms and should have enough links to articles and videos to get you going. Otherwise you can try the Montessori and Steiner web sites because this is the sort of thing they cover in their school lessons. Don't hesitate to come back and ask questions; there are a lot of us who are fans of small looms because they are portable, and far more versatile than their larger cousins- well thats what we believe and constantly set out to prove! I can recommend a couple of books in the Interweave store that specialise in small and hand-made looms: Woven Treasures, by Sara Lamb, has the most beautiful bags woven on the simplest of looms. The big deal about this book is that it teaches a lot of different weaving techniques that are not necessarily covered in other books, including tapestry and rug-weaving, and the extra equipment she uses for braiding and band-weaving the straps is very simple to make, even if you are not handy! This explains weaving from the very beginning and is well written and while the book covers bags, these techniques can be used to make so much more. I have a copy so know whats in it. Time to Weave also covers the basics and uses a few off-loom techniques as well so it is versatile. I haven't got a copy so I don't know exactly what it covers, but you should be able to preview both books on Scribd. Hopes this helps get you started. The Squidoo lens looks like it has plenty to keep you busy! Weaving can be very addictive and I often crochet and knit onto my weaving so its a handy skill to have if you are into freeform textile crafts.
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