Weaving Cloth as a Hobby

Weaving is the method by which threads are interfaced to make cloth. Although the craft is an ancient one, the principles of weaving have not changed through the ages. Modern textile mills simply do rapidly on machines what ancient peoples did slowly by hand. Cavemen perhaps 30,000 years ago, learned to weave straw, stalks or reed, or other easily found materials into baskets, from their experience with basketweaving, these prehistoric people learned to interwine thread in a similar manner to make cloth for clothing.

Threads can not be handled so easily as straw or reed, and the weaving of cloth could not have begun without a device to control the direction of the threads. This device is called a loom. A loom is a frame on which threads are extended. As weaving changed from a craft to an art, from a necessary household chore to a mechanized industry, looms were made bigger and more complex. It is the loom (not the principles of weaving) that has changed.

Most weaving today is done in mills even people who make their own clothing or draperies bu woven fabrics with which to work. But the weaving of heavy objects, such as rugs and tapestries, is sill done by hand, by skillful artists. And to many people weaving is an interesting and challenging hobby.

If you would like to weave, you can buy a kit containing a loom and yarn or cord in an arts and crafts supply store. These ready-made supplies are good for practice, but they are not absolutely necessary. You can make your own loom and choose yarn with texture and color that appeal to you.

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