Hello my name is Talene, I have a beautiful Le Clerc loom. I just do not know how to use it. I am determined to rectify this by Christmas. Is there any one willing to talk me through? Thanks!!!
First off, congrats on the new loom! I can't talk you through warping and weaving, but I do have some advice to help out.
1. Find out if there is a weaving guild near you. They are chock full of experienced weavers and some offer classes and advice to get you started. You can also check and see if any weaving lessons are offered nearby. I learned to weave at a fine arts museum. It was a great class, inexpensive, and I learned A LOT.
2. There are loads of great books and DVDs all about weaving basics. I used a combination of Deborah Chandler's book Learning to Weave (this book is always, always, by my loom) and the workshop DVD Warping Your Loom with Madelyn van der Hoogt. I like this combination because I can quickly reference little things in the book (like what to do when a thread breaks) and if I need to see something demonstrated then I just find it on the DVD and watch it over and over until I understand. I know a lot of folks, though, who only use the book.
There are other books and DVDs out there, but I can't attest to them. I've heard that Warping All By Yourself by Cay Garrett is fabulous, but I've not read it and it's out of print so I can't say for certain. I've also just received a copy of Rabbit Goody's Pattern Weaving and it has a pretty decent section on getting started and warping the loom. I'm not a back to front warper like Rabbit, so I don't know how good of a description it is, but it looks very thorough and it's filled with color photographs.
Good luck, and if you have questions feel free to ask!