Handweaving Beginner basics: blbasics

Do you want to learn how to spin or weave, and don’t know where to find lessons? Check with a guild near you and see if they offer classes. Weavers and spinners are very friendly and always welcome newcomers.

How Your Spinning Wheel Spins
Learn to control the twist and tension on your wheel.

Spinning Information
How to join a yarn, spinning woollen and worsted yarns, TPI and wheel ratios, spinning cabled yarns and other handspinning techniques.

Countermarche Looms
Instructions for settting up a countermarche loom.

Do you want to buy a loom? Or would like to build one? Here is a list of loom suppliers and information about different types of looms. Be sure to check out the Used Equipment pages, too.

10 Steps to Warping
You have your loom, but now what? “How do you string the thing?”
Dressing your loom is explained in easy to follow steps – with pictures.

Table of Setts
Would you like to plan your own project, but aren’t sure what sett to use? Here is a table of recommended setts for cotton, linen and silk yarns. Be sure to weave a small sample, to be sure that the sett is what you intended for your project.

McMorran Balance
Do you have an unidentified cone of yarn and don’t know what yardage it is? A McMorran Balance will help you figure out how much you have.

Improving Your Edges
Are you have problems weaving a clean edge? Here are some tips to weaving better.

What is a butterfly? and How do I Wind one?.