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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Watching someone else weave was very relaxing.

Craftsy Class, Reviewed

I wasn't afraid of teaching myself to weave. I read several books. I even bought one. I'm a very good book-learner.

But, there are a few things that are hard to learn from a book, even a good one.

One is the rhythm and flow of weaving. I'd heard, on internet boards, that keeping a consistent method makes the project look better. But, how to do it?

How can edges be neater? (It turns out there are about four answers to this one.)

Do I need to get really worked up if my warp threads cross each other?

How the heck does Log Cabin work? (This was really bugging me. I tried, and failed, to do it myself.)

So, I looked up Deborah Jarchow's class on Craftsy. You remember Deborah, right? She's the woman who finally convinced me to just buy a loom, already.

I bought the class and I'm so glad I did! For one, it was really nice just watching someone weave on the same kind of loom I have. The class covered 12 topics, overall, so there's something for everybody.

The class was also full of practical advice for improving my weaving. I feel more confident that, when I make a mistake, I can figure out what the heck happened.

Deborah encourages weavers to take notes, so that they can repeat good outcomes when they get them. This is great advice for any crafter, really. Ravelry has made keeping and sharing notes for projects fun. Having a cell phone with a good camera has helped me, too. I can snap quick photos of a warp, if I want to, and save it for later.

Deborah is a natural teacher and manages to include a lot of information without letting the class be too long or overwhelming.

If you're thinking of taking a class on Craftsy, all I can say is - do it! Since it's all online, you can work at your own pace and review sections later.

I'm happy and looking forward to my next project.

P.S. - If you want to learn to weave and aren't ready to take a Beyond the Basics class, Craftsy has you covered, too. There is a class for absolute beginners with a rigid heddle loom.