I started on a 4 shaft Dryad that my Dad gave me. Since then it has been a steady progress to more and more pattern! I love pattern and to do it well, short of a jacquard, you find a loom with as many shafts as you can handle. I now weave on a 32 shaft Toika that I love. I use Photoshop, along with a few pertinent apps, and several weaving programs to weave mostly scarves, the occasional dishtowel, baby blanket, handbag etc.