We receive frequent questions about what structures can be woven on a rigid-heddle loom. Here’s Jane Patrick, former Handwoven editor and author of The Weaver’s Idea Book to tell you about a technique she’s been exploring to create mixed-density scarves using two rigid heddles. —Anita I’ve been weaving a lot lately with knitting yarns for […]

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Pineapple as the new leather? Meet Piñatex

It’s hard to deny the appeal of rustic, sophisticated-looking leather products, but some people prefer animal-friendly materials or don’t want to pay for genuine leather. If you’re interested in a sustainable plant-based alternative to leather, meet Piñatex. It’s a textile made from the pineapple leaf fiber that could revolutionize the fashion industry! Piñatex: Innovative and […]

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The Fantastic Stories in Tapestry Weaving

So many yarn crafts tell fantastic stories. From how we learned the craft to where we sourced materials to what pattern we’ve chosen, there’s always a history. We use yarn to create art that is fun and functional, beautiful and meaningful, and bold and bright in a world that often isn’t. We make our stories […]

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Weaving New Lives and Bringing New Hope

Mayan women say that the goddess Ixchel taught their people to weave at the dawn of time. Through millennia of struggle between rival groups, through the founding of a dynasty that ruled in Quauhtemallan in the fifteenth century, through the coming of the Spanish, they wove to clothe themselves in the beautiful huipiles (blouses) and […]

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Popcorn, Russia, and Spain

Attending live simulcast performances of opera, theatre, and ballet at local movie theaters is on the list of things I like to do. I love live performances, but I appreciate the accessibility and ease of simulcasts. They aren’t expensive, they don’t require a plane trip or a passport, there’s popcorn, the seats are comfy, and […]

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Fiber Fact: Silk

Tussah silk comes from the wild muga silkworm rather than from the domesticated Bombyx mori. While muga isn’t as fine as Bombyx silk, it is stronger and renowned for its beautiful golden hue. Explore silk resources in our shop!  

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Sizes for Table Runners

Hello Madelyn! I love having your video Warping Your Loom; it is a go-to before every weaving project. With that being said, I don’t get to weave often enough, but today I have decided to embark on a table runner for my niece. What are the typical sizes recommended? Her table length is 77″. (Also, […]

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That’s Spinnertainment: The Shepherd’s View

Has the urban grind got you down? City-dwelling spinners often connect with nature only when playing with unwashed fleece. For many of us, the animals that provide our fiber are an endless source of fascination. We are enchanted not only by the creatures themselves but also by the people who raise them. We envision romantic […]

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