What Are the Different Types of Weaving Supplies?

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Some different types of weaving supplies are yarn and looms, which are necessary to weave. Other important parts of the weaving process are the various detachable parts of the loom, such shuttles and heddles. Some people also purchase a bench of appropriate or adjustable height to weave at. A bench like this might be sold along with a loom, but looms are often available separately.

Yarn is among the most essential types of weaving supplies because it is a building block that woven materials are constructed from. Many different types and textures of yarn exist, varying for aesthetic and practical reasons. Some types of yarn have a bulky feeling and look fluffy, while other types are crimped into different shapes. Stretchy yarns are created by twisting, untwisting, and crimping fibers repeatedly and are generally used to create stretchy garments. In addition, metallic yarns are typically created by integrating metallic particles and synthetic fibers.

To weave, a person must have a weaving loom. It might look like a simple and sometimes crude device at first, but looms can be complicated with a lot of small parts. Its purpose is to hold the threads, pulling everything so the weaver can create a fabric with a snug weave. Without a loom, the woven fabric would not be able to hold together well because the pattern would be too loose.


A shuttle is shaped like a spindle and used to carry the crosswise yarn through the lengthwise fabric. Some looms no longer have shuttles and operate in a different manner. On other looms, however, a working shuttle is a necessary part of weaving supplies. Shuttles are either automatic or manual, with the manual kind requiring the weaver to move it herself.

Heddles are relatively small but important parts of a loom. The material to be woven is threaded through a heddle, which resembles a large needle with loops for thread on each side. This kind of weaving supply can be made of stainless steel, wire, or even string.

Some styles of weaving can benefit from the use of a weaving bench, which is a piece of furniture used as a weaving surface and storage. While weaving benches are most typically made out of wood, they can occasionally be made from other materials. Some weaving benches can be raised and lowered to different heights. Cushions are usually placed on the benches to lessen the impact of sitting on wood or other hard materials.



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Post 4

When I was a young girl, I remember receiving a small loom and some yarn as a Christmas present. This was a kit that came with everything to make hot pad holders.

I remember having a lot of fun with this loom and ended up making several pot holders. I went through all the yarn in the kit and even bought more yarn.

I still like to work on crafts with yarn. I never pursued any other type of weaving, but like to knit with a loom.

I have been able to make several projects that look like I have used knitting needles, but they are made with a round loom. I find this a nice way to relax at the end of a busy day.

This makes me feel like I am being productive, but am able to sit down and let my mind slow down a bit.

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We have some historical Amish villages a few hours from our house. This is a very interesting place to visit and one shop is a woolen mill shop with several working looms.

These big weaving machines are set up in different places in this large building. Many times there are women who are working on a project. They sell many of the items they make in their store.

I am very fascinated watching these women operate these big machines. I would be intimidated by them because some of them are huge and look very complex with many strings of yarn connected to them.

The articles they make are very beautiful and unique though. Over the years I have purchased some rugs, a blanket, hat and mittens. Every one of them have been quality items that are warm and have lasted a long time.

Post 2

@JessicaLynn - Good analysis!

I think weaving looks pretty cool, but I've never been interested in taking it up as a hobby. It seemed like you would have to invest a lot of space and money just to get started. Weaving looms are huge, and pretty expensive.

However, I recently discovered there is something called a lap loom. It's a smaller loom used to weave smaller pieces. I think I may try one out, because it's much less of an investment than a full sized loom.

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One of the knitting websites I like to buy yarn from also sells weaving yarn. I was always wondering what the difference was, so one day I looked at a bunch of the weaving yarn to see if I could figure it out.

From what I saw, it looks like knitting and weaving yarn are pretty much the same thing. However, they are labeled differently as far as the thickness of the yarn. Also, weaving yarn usually comes on a cone, while knitting yarn comes as a much smaller skein.

I assume this is because weaving projects require a lot of yarn, while knitting projects require a variable amount. If you had to purchase a large cone or two every time you wanted to knit something, you would probably end up with a lot of leftovers.

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