Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds (ANWG) loom information
I am teaching a class called The Mobile Tapestry Weaver: Weaving Tapestry on a Hokett loom at this conference, Saturday July 1st, 2017. The SHOP page of this website currently says that I am not selling Hokett looms. I was going to offer them to the participants of this workshop, but I have found a better option.
You can order all your Hokett supplies from Barb at The Weaver's Loft.
It is with great apologies that I admit I misunderstood Barb. She will NOT be a vendor at the ANWG conference.
BUT!!! I have just confirmed with Eugene Textile Center that they will have a supply of Hokett looms and tools at the conference. They are going to bring some of the tools I recommend as well as whatever strikes their fancy. So if you don't want to order a loom ahead of time and you can get it from the vendor hall before our class on Saturday, you can get one from the Eugene Textile Center/Glimakra USA booth.
Here are some details about what you need.
You do not have to use Hokett equipment. Any small tapestry loom will be fine for the class. We will cover various ways of making headers and fun options for using small looms. I will be demonstrating on Hokett looms and do suggest you try one of these fun little looms. But if you have some other small loom you'd rather use instead, that is fine. Possibilities are the Glimakra Freja, a copper pipe loom, a C. Cactus Flower loom, a Lost Pond Loom, or any sort of small frame loom. I will be demonstrating warping the Hokett loom, so keep in mind that these other looms may be warped differently (the Freja is one of those).
I recommend having a loom (6 or 8 dent is fine), a beater of some kind, a shed stick, and at least one needle.
If you are a beginner, I recommend an 8-dent loom which we will warp at 8 ends per inch. This is a nice sett to learn tapestry weaving on.
If you have done some tapestry and like to weave at a finer sett, a 6-dent loom is lovely double warped for 12 epi.
I like the regular (7 x 8 inches) or intermediate (9 x 10) size looms for learning. The tiny looms are fun for travel, but harder to manage.
The images below will give you some idea of what these looms look like. Kits sold by other people may not have the items pictured here. See text below for the tools I like. If you like something else, that is fine with me!
Both the 8 and the 6 dent looms are very useful. 8 epi is a great sett to use for tapestry. I often weave small things at 12 epi which means that a 6-dent loom warped double works very well.
If you're weaving something wider than about 4 inches, a longer shed stick is useful. Most things I weave on these looms are not that wide and I use a 7 inch shed stick most of the time. I still like the larger looms because the warp is not as tight if you have more length. However, I do weave on his tiniest loom when out backpacking and if you want a loom that you can take into the backcountry or literally fit in your shoulder bag, search out a tiny 4 x 6 inch loom. Keep in mind that the size of the piece you can weave is quite a bit smaller than the size of the loom.
Please feel free to email me with questions about this workshop. firstname.lastname@example.org
I beg you to identify yourself as a participant in the ANWG conference. I get a lot of email and if I don't know that is why you're asking, I will probably tell you I'm not selling Hokett equipment right now.
I can bring a very limited number of items with me to Canada as my suitcases will be full of yarn and other supplies for three workshops. I would far prefer it if you ordered your loom ahead of time and I shipped it to you.