Weaving is an art and craft as far back as the Paleolithic times. People have been weaving rugs, baskets, cloth and more for a very long time. You can hand woven some items but most are done on a loom of some kind. Yes, machines weave cloth for making clothes much more efficiently however one done by your hand and with your imagination is worth more than any that can be done by an impersonal machine. Learning this craft will take time and dedication and has some expensive equipment that must be bought or made by a skilled carpenter. We are only giving beginners information here but you can find out more from books in our Amazon Store, lessons on YouTube and taking to other weavers in your area.
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The simple definition of weaving is:
weave v. wove, wo·ven, weav·ing, weaves
a. To make (cloth) by interlacing the threads of the weft and the warp on a loom.
b. To interlace (threads, for example) into cloth.
2. To construct by interlacing or interweaving strips or strands of material: weave a basket.
And in the encyclopedia history of weaving you get:
“Although weaving sprang up independently in different parts of the world and was early known in Europe, its high development there in the Middle Ages was brought about by Eastern influences operating through Muslim and Byzantine channels of culture. Byzantium became a center of silk weaving in the 6th cent. In the 9th cent. Greece, Italy, and Spain became proficient. In Flanders a high degree of skill was attained by the 10th cent., especially in the weaving of wool. Flemish weavers brought to England by William the Conqueror and later by Queen Elizabeth I gave a great impetus to the craft there, and Lancashire became an important center. Tapestry weaving was brought to a high art in France. In colonial America weaving was a household industry allied with agriculture.”
Since, weaving is not something we do now or have time for we will leave off the tutorial here and hopefully in the future we will be making some additions to this and the other pages as well. In the meantime here is a great little video about Basic Weaving: