When I first started weaving, I'd find a project I liked in Handwoven, order yarn and weave it.
Deborahbee recently asked how I ended up with the yarn in my stash. I have a stash now, so I can do more experimental work without knowing what exact yarn I need or how things will turn out.
My main sources have been:
Your local weaving or knitting groups might have something similar. (When I say local, I drive an hour or an hour and a half to the weaving guild meetings I attend. )
Big yarn stores with discount pricesThat's the warehouse at WEBS. For some reason, I have trouble finding WEBS bargains online, but in person I can always find bargains!
Yarn shopping when I travel
Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder, CO
Other craftspeople who have yarn they don't want for whatever reason
The chenille weft for this beach scarf came with the loom that a friend purchased used. When I said the yarn was perfect for my mother-in-law, the yarn immediately came home with me.
Sometimes at holidays I get the gift of yarn.
I have friends who've found yarn at thrift shops, yard sales, or on Ebay.
How do you build your stash??