I am a self-taught weaver and began in the summer of 2016. The first loom I used was a basic one that I created in order to practice and see if weaving was something that I wanted to pursue. After a lot of trial and error, I finally started to get the hang of it and I fell in love with weaving. I then decided to upgrade and purchase a large, handmade frame loom from Funem Studio, an Etsy shop based out of Belgium. The loom is made from fine quality beech wood and it works beautifully for weaving. Some of the common tools I use with the frame loom are cotton warp thread, a beech wooden weaving comb, heddle bar, weaving needle, and weaving scissors. My design process is very meticulous and involves a lot of math throughout sketching and measuring to make sure that my pieces are symmetrical. I believe that it truly is all in the details.
I purchased my first floor loom in May of 2018. It is an older 36" Harrisville Designs model and operates very smoothly. I taught myself how to weave on the floor loom by researching for months and by studying the entire warping method step by step. So far, I have made a few woven pieces on the floor loom, but I'm looking forward to continuing to practice and improve to make better large-scale tapestries. The process is long and requires a lot of patience, but it's also very therapeutic. I find the entire process of weaving relaxing and meditative. It's what I look forward to at the end of each day and is so satisfying once you see the finished woven piece.