With the resent heat, staying inside and weaving doesn't seem to be such a bad idea. I have actually have had sometime this past spring and early summer to do some weaving. For Mother's Day I wove my mother some towels with sheep on either end. I used an 8-harness Maccomber, 20 inch loom. The towels were woven with 8/2 cotton. The pattern was from an old Handwoven magazine. They turned out very nice and my mom uses them everyday. I also had the opportunity to weave two towels using a technique that I had never done before. It was using a pick up pattern that made a bunny rabbit. I found this pattern in an old Weaver's magazine. I have one on display in the store and the other I gave to a new mother for her baby. Those towels also used 8/2 cotton.
If you have had a chance to see our website you may have noticed that we have some used looms for sale. We have sold three so far. Take a look there are a few more still in stock. There is a four harness counter-balance 26' oak loom. It is a very handsome loom and would be a great loom for weaving rugs. Another loom we have is a 24" Rigid Heddle made by Craft Yarn. It is a very simple loom for the beginner.
Interweave press just released a wonderful book written by Jane Patrick, owner of Schacht Looms, called The Weaver's Idea Book, Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom. This is a very good book and should get all weaver's creativity flowing. Another book that was just released is Double Weaving, by Jennifer Moore. This book is a great book if you ever wanted to double weave more that just doubling the size. She uses very precise picture that are easy to see and understand. She also uses Pearl cotton in many of the projects which is very easy to use. We have both of these books in stock. Stop by and check them out along with other great books that have come in.