How the Cello Helped Me Crochet Painlessly

Before I dived into the wonderful world of yarn and crochet hooks I was a cellist — an injured one. Twenty years of playing, one surgery, and years of retraining made me hypersensitive to pain, especially pain caused by repetitive motion. When I started work at Interweave, I met many gifted crafters who invited me […]

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You’re ready to take the plunge—literally—into raw fiber processing, and you know that wool can felt and shrink into a matted mess. But it doesn’t have to (after all, sheep get wet without shrinking) especially if you have a copy of our free washing wool eBook! Let our spinning experts guide you through selecting the […]

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Knitting becomes a much more pleasurable experience when you can fix your own mistakes. I worked in a yarn shop for a while, and I can't tell you how many customers came in with their knitting at a complete standstill because they had dropped a stitch, added a yarn over, or made some other mistake. […]

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Are you about to start on your first bead project? Or maybe you’ve already nailed down the beading basics but you’re ready to learn new beading techniques? Everyone needs a place to start and every beader is always searching for new beading ideas. This is why we’ve put together this new free eBook on how […]

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Handspinning naturally attracts DIYers. After all, if you can make your own yarn, why not make the tools to spin it with? You might be tempted to try to make a spinning wheel at home, but wheels generally require advanced woodworking expertise to run smoothly. Start with more straightforward handspinning tools and work your way […]

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What's the best way to jazz up your off-loom bead-weaving projects? With bead embellishments, of course! Embellishing with beads is a fun way to play with your design skills while learning how to create unique beaded jewelry. And there are so many different techniques that you can use for bead embellishing your favorite bead-weaving stitches, […]

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I have just as many drawers full of stringing wire, beading pliers, findings, and beading thread as I do drawers full of beads! Some days, it seems like every beading project that I make requires its own set of beading tools and jewelry-making supplies. When I first got started in beading, I never dreamed that […]

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Daily I am reminded of the things in my life that I have to be thankful for. Not least is my ability to crochet for charity and the opportunity to create beautiful and functional crocheted garments and accessories. With this gratitude comes a desire to help those around me. Crocheting for charity is part of […]

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There are as many definitions of “art yarn” as spinners who make it. The older terms designer yarn and novelty yarn have their own connotations. “Novelty” in particular might sound frivolous, like a temporary fad without serious merit or historical roots. Yet ancient textile finds from various places and eras include feathers spun into yarns, […]

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Weavers for generations have recycled old cloth and other items into fun and functional yarn. This new free eBook, Recycled Yarn Projects: Plastic Bag & T-shirt Weaving Techniques, will teach you how to weave up sturdy tote bags from those plastic bags floating everywhere as well as how to turn old T-shirts into colorful rugs. […]

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