I am a self-taught weaver with more than 30 years handweaving experience. My weaving career began in the late 1970's with a used 4 harness Harrisville floor loom. In 1986, I purchased a brand new AVL 16-Harness manual dobby loom with a 60 inch weaving width. It was custom designed to my specifications. At that time, I was doing semi-production weaving: lots of items on a 50 (or more) yard warp.
My weaving has changed over the years and my AVL easily accommodates my present weaving focus. Rather than heavier weight yarns with novelty yarns for texture, I use finer weight smooth yarns and utilize weave structure to produce textured fabrics. I have since converted the manual dobby to a compu-dobby which allows me to weave more complicated patterns. But it is still my hands and feet that do the actual weaving. I weave 3-5 items/warp and no two are ever exactly alike!
My newest loom is an 8 harness, 10 treadle Harrisville Designs loom. I can easily move this loom where I need it.
My Fibers I love the softness and draping quality of bamboo and tencel fibers and these have become my yarns of choice for shawls and scarves. Occasionally, I will include merino, silk, or cotton. I sometimes weave dish towels and other household items and cotton and linen are my fibers of choice for those.