4 Tools Every Weaver Wants
I love learning about new weaving yarns, tools, supplies, and other fun things which is why the Goods page is one of my favorites in every issue. Here’s the Goods page from the September/October 2017 issue—check out Handwoven regularly to get the scoop on what’s new in the world of weaving. —Christina
Thinking outside of the “box,” Bluebonnet Crafters of San Marcos, Texas, recently started offering the TURTLE Loom, a hexagonal pin loom. Its unique design combines two weaving methods to make weaving hexagons possible with a continuous thread. You use bias weave as you warp the loom to fill the two “triangle” ends and finish the remaining center “square” with plain weave. The weaving area of the loom measures 4″ side to side, and each of the six sides measures a little over 2″. The loom is made of Baltic birch plywood, finished with shellac, and sealed with polyurethane for a durable finish. The kit contains the loom, a crochet hook, a weaving needle, a beating comb, and a storage bag, as well as a clear step-by-step instruction booklet. To see videos related to the loom, visit bit.ly/TURTLELoom.
PORTABLE YARN SWIFT
The Amish-style yarn swift from The Wiener Dog Ranch is lovingly handcrafted in Goshen, Indiana, from solid maple hardwood. Each is sanded and finished by hand with a combination of oil and wax for a smooth satin finish. The swifts are available in 24″ and 30″ tabletop models and a large floor-standing model (the 30″ model is shown here). They can be set up or broken down in a matter of seconds for easy transport and storage thanks to the ergonomic plastic knob in the middle. The pegs adjust to accommodate skeins up to 2½ yards.
Knitters have mini skeins and unicorn tails, and now weavers have mini cones! These small cones offer an affordable alternative to the standard 16 to 20 oz cones of pearl cotton that are a staple for many weavers. Ideal for smaller projects or when you want small amounts of many different colors for a project, Cotton Clouds now creates 4 oz mini cones of its Pearly Perle mercerized cotton yarn. Mini cones come in three sizes of pearl cotton—shown here are 10/2 (1,050 yd) in Burnt Orange, 5/2 (525 yd) in Light Rust, and 3/2 (315 yd) in Wine.
In addition to dyed spindles and yarn bowls, Ken and Carol Ledbetter of KCL Woods recently started offering hand-dyed versions of their finely crafted shuttles. The wood is splash-dyed with acid dyes, followed with a wash of black or gold. All colorways are random and one of a kind. The shuttle shown here is the low-profile 4″ model in figured big leaf maple and features thumb grooves for hours of comfortable weaving.
Treat yourself to something new today!