Spiraling Notions

Weaving Well

Title: Weaving Well
Instructor: Madelyn van der Hoogt
ISBN: 9781596686465

Key things I found useful as a new weaver
: Sett information. While the yarn details are vague the sett is reviewed in depth and a reference sheet is included. Some fabrics are compared using the same draft but different yarns to show how dramatic the variation can be between fibers.

Pros: Importance of sett and information on how to determine the sett you need depending on the size and type of yarn. Fixing threading errors, mending a warp and floating selvedge issues. Basic steps to start a project and calculate yarns. Threading the reed when you don’t have the same size reed for sett. Using a yarn scale. Basics on reading a draft. Winding a bobbin & pern. Check for threading and reed errors. Make a repair heddle. Hemstitching. Keeping track of multiple shuttles and placing a temple. Correcting weft errors, beating tips. Cutting a finished piece off and retaining the warp for another project. Finishing tips for weaving in ends and raveling ends. Splicing yarns. Fixing a broken warp string.

Cons: Hard to follow in places. Not a lot of variety. Does not cover tension issues or re-warping. Does not address draw in issues. Expensive.

Overall Impression: I find that I enjoy the videos from Madelyn van der Hoogt but find them hard to follow in places. I get the impression that she is so familiar with the materials she takes some things for granted. This video is very good, although again expensive. While it is similar to “Tips, Tricks & Problem Solvers for the Handweaver” by Sallie Guy the information is a bit different, this is probably just a factor of personal preference but the information is equally good. I think if I were to classify the difference it would be style, Madelyn likes to weave with an element of class and eschews the idea of “just doing what works.” I always leave with the impression that the entire process is the art form for her, not just the finished product. I think that this has a positive and a negative aspect which can leave a novice misunderstanding the reasons behind certain actions. For example, she does not talk in depth about correcting tension issues that may occur outside of the initial warping because you should have done the process properly via the “Warping your Loom” video.
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