I have acquired a Gallinger 4 treadle, 4 harness, counter balance floor loom which I am planning to repair. I have been in touch with The Mannings where the loom was made. But I don't know the first thing about starting to weave. Do I start with a written pattern? Will it tell me how much yarn I need? Where do I get some basic, beginner patterns for a 4 harness loom? Where is the best place to buy good quality yarns for a reasonable price? I live in northeast Georgia, USA.
I would like to make a scarf from silk or wool for my first project. I am not interested in making rugs. I also would like to make some dish towels from nice cotton.
I have looked a a few tutorials on You Tube, but I can't get the whole story in one place as to how much yarn to buy, how to read a pattern, where to get a pattern, how to put the yarn on the warping board... when one tutorial ends, I don't know how to find the next one in order. Is there a good DVD set I could buy which would show me from start to finish without a lot of extra stuff a beginner doesn't need? I have a book by Osma Gallinger Tod called The Joy of Handweaving, but it has a lot of stuff not specific to my loom nor to what I need to know.
I would love to take a beginners class but there isn't one in my locale and I can't afford to travel. I haven't found any weavers near me.
I will keep searching the internet for answers to all my questions, but I would really appreciate a little help. Right now it seems like an insurmountable mountain.