Last weekend I read the booklet, followed the steps and began exploring my collection of yarns and ribbons to see what effects could be achieved. Things I learned:
To keep the ends straighter, don't pull tight while beating or you get the "loops" or the "wave" effect.
Boa yarn makes a great "fuzz".
Acrylic yarn shows every detail which may or may not be a good thing.
Cascade yarns are forgiving. I may be biased as I love natural fibers.
Ribbons are just plain fun and easy to add.
So how will I use this first experience of learning how to weave and incorporate my fabric stash? Next project will be with fabric strips, ribbons and yarns. I am using a simple inexpensive loom which is the 10"cricket. Very sturdy and well made. It's a fun beginner loom which is easy to use and portable. They do make larger ones, but before picking a more elaborate loom, a smaller one can always be resold plus if you have children in your world, it's a great easy craft to enjoy together. I tried making a loom and it really was much more work and expense and not worth the time spent. Once I master this loom and have a better understanding of how all my different stash fibers can be used, I will consider a fancy one. I do not think the 15" would be a logical size for projects I aspire to create. But that perfect size is still under "research"! 10" is perfect for small projects while learning and the portability is a perk!
For my scrap book friends: Imagine weaving paper for an artsy wall hanging. I think that will be project 3.