I have long lusted after a floor loom, but given the lack of finances and cat-free space, I have done some dabbling with tablet weaving as well as rigid heddle weaving after my mother so wonderfully bought me a Cricket loom for Christmas a couple of years ago.
I am not very good about starting with the basics and working my way up to something larger or more complex. I did my first piece of tablet weaving in DMC floss (all six strands), but took a deeper plunge with my second piece (above) that is woven from very fine, naturally-dyed wool from Renaissance Dyeing. My DMC experiment bothered me because I knew that extant pieces I had seen were not woven with something that thick or stiff and I wanted trim that both looked and felt more period.
The yarn is Harrisville Shetland wool and I have to say I LOVE working with this yarn. When I get a floor loom I will eventually weave a light cloak or wrap of some sort from this yarn as its very much a pleasure to work with.
I also just purchased the Shetland wool to use as a warp for a future weaving project. I am spinning silvery Icelandic wool (a commercially prepared blend of the tog and thel) to be used as weft for a rug or mat. The Shetland in a very dark charcoal will be the warp.
As I mentioned, I also have a small rigid heddle loom (which I occasionally also use for my tablet weaving if the pattern does not built up too much twist in the warp).
To the right is my first rigid heddle project, a Shetland wool pouch I use for Pennsic. It is the perfect size for toting around my wallet, phone and camera.
Now that I am spinning, I foresee several rigid heddle woven scarves in my future as I will need to use up the lumpy practice yarn I am making. I warped the first of these projects this past weekend and have woven about 3 feet so far.
This is a 2-ply Merino wool painted weft that I spun myself with a commercially purchased alpaca yarn as warp. In retrospect, I wish I had not packed the weft in so tightly, but I guess that is part of the learning process ;-)
I have already spun most of the second bundle of the painted Merino and, if I am lucky, I will finish the scarf this weekend.