Operating a Backstrap Loom with Laverne Waddington
The ancient craft of backstrap weaving is still practiced by many indigenous weavers across the world today. The loom, which comprises nothing more than a set of simple sticks, allows weavers to produce anything from firm, narrow bands to wide, flowing lengths of cloth. Sticks and string spring to life and become a loom the moment the weavers place the backstraps around their hips.
This video is for all those who have ever been curious about how these wonderfully simple pieces of equipment work. It reveals the secrets behind the smooth and fluid operation of the loom. You will discover how weavers use their bodies as a moving part of the loom itself.
For those of you who wish to try backstrap weaving for yourselves, you will need to have gathered sticks and wound a warp. Free instructions on how to prepare a warp for a backstrap loom can be found at: https://backstrapweaving.wordpress.com/backstrap-weaving-basic-warping-for-backstrap-looms
This video will show you how to:
- use a variety of methods to open sheds and smoothly operate backstrap looms with both narrow and wider warps.
- make two kinds of continuous string heddles with tips on how to avoid the most common mistakes.
- build the skills for creating even selvedges.
- easily fix heddle errors.