A Quechua weaver told me why women use the back-strap loom. This type of loom, is tied to a tree and the other end to the waist of the weaver, and it unites the world below with the world above. Weavers receive this vital force, in the area of the belly. The loom symbolizes the body, the warps are the veins, and the weft is food.
close-up of plain weave and how to keep track of length - clever idea: measuring tape held in place w/bobby pins. When using a measuring guide, consistently measure w/tension on or off. If measuring under tension, add 10% to length to allow for shrinkage.