Beautifully presented by weaving instructor Madelyn van der Hoogt
Filmed in a nice location, bright and cheery. Sound and picture quality is good. In the first disc, Madelyn takes you through winding a warp and then warping from front to back. I used to do this method back in my newbie days but not as efficiently as Madelyn shows it! I like the way you can stop the disc, go back and watch it again (and again!)
On the second disc Madelyn shows how to wind multiple threads on the warping board. How to maintain the thread by thread order whether its two threads or multiples with a warping paddle. How to wind colours without constant cutting and knotting ends. There are demonstrations of vertical warping mill and also a horizontal warping mill. (Like Madelyn I prefer the warping board.) How to transfer the cross from one side of the reed to the other is very helpful as well as winding striped colours individually and combining them at the reed if all that colour switching at the warping board is not for you. I found how to wind a even and tight bobbin a nice bonus as this is often overlooked. Learn the various techniques and then make choices which is best for you!
There is a full demo of winding a warp with a thread by thread cross at one end, and a raddle cross at the other and then beaming the warp from back to front for finer or fragile threads such as silks or linens.
I have no negatives to say about this DVD and found it to be like having Madelyn van der Hoogt right there in your home. She will go over and over a point as many times as you need and never get tired or want a lunch break! :)
At first I thought it a bit simplistic but after viewing it a second time I have to come to realize that this is its point. Keep it simple and stress free. Show proper techniques in small simple steps and the weaver will have success on their looms at home. The better a warp is wound and beamed onto a loom, the better the weaving can be!
This is a nice 'private' lesson in your own home and can also be a good visual aid for a beginners class.
To follow up on this DVD, a new weaver can refer to Handwoven magazines for inspiration. I would also recommend heartily Weavers Craft by Jean Scorgie which are specifically written for the student weaver ( and bonus: no ads!) For bright colourful four shaft pattern, with explanations on the weave structures: Anne Dixon's The Handweaver's Pattern Directory. There is also the classic (which I learned from) Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler
The next review will be of Madelyn van der Hoogt's companion disc: Weaving Well. From Yarn to Cloth.
Unfortunately I seem to be dealing with cranky lower back issues right now so I'm not sure how much weaving will be happening around here. I went out for a short time period to tidy spent spring bulbs in the flower beds around the house and now paying the price. Another true confession is that I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and will actually be seeing a specialist today. [ edit: I have Arthritis Lupus]
I'm still learning what all this entails, but I'm resolved to keep on weaving!