Yes, Weave-It. The name should say it all. If you search on the Internet, you will find several pages of references to these little hand-looms, as well as some other brand names of the same type of loom. They are pin looms. (Please see the bottom of the page for basic instructions.)
But what do I do with it? LOL. If you look around my website, you will see that I spin, weave on rigid-heddle, triangle, and bead looms. I own a few of these small looms and have some pin looms I made myself. I'm not a stranger to other forms of needlework including tapestry needlepoint work, knitting, crochet, fine needlework, etc. You get the idea. And yet, every time I look at my little Weave-It loom, I say to myself, "Wow-you are just perfect! But what do I do with you?!"
And they are - just perfect. They are a hand-held pin loom that allows you to weave small squares. They are portable, easy to weave on, and for some unknown reason, just make me smile. I believe that I am hindered a bit by not wanting to sew lots of small squares together to make one larger item that I could just weave on a larger loom. Hmmm. But wait, what about all those granny squares that I have made into larger items? No, crochet just isn't the same.
One advantage of weaving a small square over crocheting one is the amount of yarn used. When planning any larger project, I always complain about the amount of yarn I have to use. Whether I buy it or spin it, I still hate to use larger amounts of yarn if I don't have to. That tends to have me lean toward weaving for some projects, because weaving something uses less yarn than knitting or crochet. A woven fabric also has less stretch in it, and at times, that is exactly what is needed.
So, I am going to start a project with one of my Weave-Its. A couple of years ago, I bought small amounts of wool fiber that represented something special to me. One was Horned Dorset wool, fairly common, but also it is the traditional wool of Wales, and my grandmother was Welsh. The other wool is Texel, the traditional sheep breed of Ireland, and with a name like O'Meara, well, you see that connection, we are also of Irish descent. I believe that I will start projects with these two fibers. I only have a few ounces of the Dorset, and I don't want to make socks with it. I have more Texel, but, well, let's see where this leads.
Originally, the Weave-It looms were made of wood and made by Donar Products Corporation. A company called Hero Manufacturing bought out Donar, and at some point, started manufacturing the looms in bakelite and plastic.
Below is a 2-inch Weave-It blue plastic loom that is warped with hand-spun Horned Dorset wool yarn.
Below is a 4-inch Loomette wood loom that is also warped with hand-spun Horned Dorset wool yarn. Both the Weave-It loom above and this Loomette loom are in almost pristine condition.
Here below is a photo of some of my looms. The Loomette and 2-inch Weave-It that are shown above, a 4-inch Weave-It, and the yellow loom on the right is a "U-Weave" 4-inch loom that I have painted. Please see below for the link to the "U-Weave" looms.
2-inch and 4-inch Weave-It looms, Horned Dorset wool yarn, handspun to a light sport-weight yarn.
I believe I will make a shawl or scarf to remember my grandmother by with this wool. I know she would have enjoyed using the Weave-It looms. So, to start, I will make squares with the 2 or 3 ounces of wool that I have and see how far I can get with that.
I started to make some sample squares to see how the hand-spun Horned Dorset wool would look. Below is a photo of several squares - On the top left is a 4-inch square of white Shetland wool and cinnamon-brown Alpaca wool. Next to that is a 4-inch square of Navajo-Churro hand-spun wool, and then a two-inch square of Alpaca. In the front row are several two-inch squares of the Horned Dorset wool yarn. I only have three ounces of this hand-spun yarn, so I decided to make smaller squares until I run out of yarn. Then I will decide what to make with what I have. The cinnamon-brown Alpaca scarf in the very top left corner was woven on a 16-inch rigid heddle loom.
Initially, it was the two-inch loom that made me wonder what to make with the woven squares. A four-inch square I can visualize into a project fairly easily. Two-inch squares, for me, take a little more thought. They appear more delicate, so perhaps a small item.... Please check back as I continue on this project.
Below are the basic instructions that came with the Weave-It 2-inch loom
If you can't find an original Weave-It or Loomette loom to use, then please check out Don's Looms. I have one of his looms, and they are a wonderful and reasonably priced alternative to vintage looms. Also be sure to visit eLoomaNation - a wonderful website for Weave-Its and other small looms.
Update: I recently bought two more weave-it style looms from Don's Looms - one is 18 inches square and one is 12 inches square. Photos are below:
Above is a 5-inch, wooden peg Weave-It rug loom, a 4-inch bakelite Weave-it loom, a 12-inch 3-pin loom by Don's Looms that is warped with hand-spun yarn, and an 18-inch 3-pin loom by Don's Looms.
Below: an 18-inch 3-pin loom by Don's Looms that is warped with a light worsted-weight yarn.
It's very nice to use these larger versions of the Weave-It loom pin set-up. Although the long weaving yarn needs to be kept from tangling as it is worked, having a 12 or 18-inch square just pop off a loom is wonderful.
I read other people's websites and blogs and see wonderful items made with these small looms. Please check back as I relate my project progress here in the future.
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