The thing that got me addicted...err I mean, started with weaving was a video I saw on YouTube about how to weave using index cards.
I was intrigued. When surfing the 'net for more about weaving, I came across tablet weaving. On one web page, the blogger made her cards from a cereal box. Since I had a nearly empty cereal box and some old spare crochet thread in my stash o' stuff, I decided to have some cereal and make some cards and give this a try. I didn't want to make a back-strap loom, so I got out one of my large cross stitch frames and used it for a make-shift frame. I was liking this!
Then I decided to try regular weaving. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a big loom just to find out that I might hate it, and I wanted a better frame for tablet weaving so I decided on the Beka Child's 10" loom which would serve both purposes...give me a vehicle for trying out regular weaving and give me a frame for tablet weaving.
After I finished the small project that came with the child's loom (their photo is deceiving, it actually comes with the 4" project using the smaller heddle), I decided I really liked this hobby. I decided to get a full-size loom. I thought I should start out with something simple and (since I didn't have a lot of money) I decided on the Beka 24" Rigid Heddle Loom. I chose 24" because I knew from playing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) that most fabric, from the middle ages, was 24" wide at the most. Hence, I could make actual fabric with which to make garments if I ever got that good at it. It helps to have a stand. Makes it easier to walk away from the loom when you need to. I eventually did a review on this loom. I should have gotten either a better used one or saved more money for a better new one. Something like an Ashford or a Kromski.
The first thing I wove was a piece of fabric with the same pattern as that used by "Moses" in the Cecil B. DeMille 1957 epic "The Ten Commandments". My original intention for this piece was to make a tote bag out of it. I used the child's loom to weave the carry handles. I made this into a bag. I used regular Caron knitting yarn which was too fat for the 10 DPI heddle that came with my loom. I struggeled with it. Would have been better with an 8 dent, but...live and learn!
Then I decided to get an inkle loom as this would make a much better frame for card weaving and for making straps, belts, tote handles and the like with or without cards. I purchased it from The Crafter's Craftsman. I'm not affiliated with this eBay merchant, I just love his inkle loom a LOT. It's very well made. It's better than the Schacht Inkle Loom, IMHO. I wove a few things on it to get the hang of it.
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I was liking this so much, with every pick of my looms, I was dreaming of owning a floor loom. Then one day I hit the jack pot. A friend of ours called us from a thrift store, "They have a loom here." DH and I immediately headed over. I talked them down in price and got what turned out to be an early Murphy loom. These small counterbalance looms were built in Seattle around the late 40's to mid 50's. Mine didn't have a placard on it but thanks to weavingworks.com, they helped me identify it. Got it for $75.00!