Weaving is the production of cloth by the interlacing of two distinct sets of threads, the warp and the weft. The threads running top to bottom (longitudinally) are the warp, with those running from side to side (laterally) forming the weft. Weaving in its simplest form involves holding the warp threads still and taut, often in a solid frame, and interlacing the weave threads between these. The introduction of foot, and later water powered looms, however, has greatly increased the speed and quality of woven materials.
Weavers often begin on small frame looms as these are small, portable, relatively inexpensive and easy to set up. When the time comes to progress on to the more advanced looms we are lucky enough to have a number of looms and experienced weavers in our Guild to help members through the process..