WEAVING is the process of interlocking horizontal and vertical threads by going over some threads and under others. Plain weave is over and under every other thread. My weaving is done on looms which raise and lower certain vertical threads (called the warp) to make a pattern when horizontal threads (the weft) are inserted. Because these are not power looms, the weaving is called HANDWEAVING. My feet actually supply the power to lift the shafts, which hold the warp threads. Then my hand throws a shuttle, which holds the weft yarn, through the opening between raised and lowered shafts and beats the yarns down with the reed, while my other hand catches the shuttle and prepares to throw it through the next opening. When correctly lifted, properly coordinated and timed well, the pleasing pattern results.
I have been weaving for 40 years, starting with a small frame loom in an adult education class. I enjoyed it so much I changed my college major to textile design, also taking classes at the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota. I now have four floor looms and a few table looms in my studio in Sandstone, Minnesota. For 37 years most of my weaving has been on a six-harness Gilmore loom, which remains my loom of choice.