After working on a small Lap Loom for a few months, I've decided to upgrade into a much larger loom that I made by hand. Using some wooden stretcher bars and some finishing nails, I made a 26" x 42" loom, which is roughly triple the size of the little Lap Loom I've been using. It's a bit daunting, but it's time to move it on up so I can start making some tapestry weavings!
It's not perfect, but it will do for now. Warping this was a challenge and as I continue to work on it, I'm noticing a few more flaws in the construction, but it's my first so I'll just take it and run with it.
My Mom gave me some roving she had found back at home and I can tell already that I'll be using this a lot more in my future work. The thickness of it has helped my process big time, making the size of the loom not so intimidating. I'll definitely be digging through Etsy to find some more.
I love the textures created by the mix of roving and thinner yarn in my new piece. I think what I like most about weaving, textiles, and art in general, is being able to see the details in the artist's work. You can definitely see that when you look at any weaving. Knowing that it's all created by hand is truly something significant.