Little Looms 2019 Call for Submissions

We’re so excited to announce the call for submissions for the 2019 issue of Easy Weaving with Little Looms, the special issue of Handwoven devoted to small looms and the people who love them. We want to read your articles about weaving and see your projects for the rigid-heddle, pin, inkle, or tapestry loom. Our […]

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Summer Weaving

While I think anytime is a good time to weave, summer is (in my humble opinion) the best season for weaving. First, summer is a season of wonderful, bright—and inspiring—colors. Think heirloom tomatoes in every shade of the rainbow. Think brightly colored sherbet. Think hibiscus and sunflowers and other summer blooms. Second, and perhaps most […]

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Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

Every second weekend in July, artists and artisans from around the globe arrive in Santa Fe to take part in the International Folk Art Market (IFAM). Held on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill, the market features booths from hundreds of artists selling handmade, fair-trade goods including pottery, jewelry, wooden toys, and (of course) textiles of all […]

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Wet-Finishing 101: Detergents

As weavers, we all know wet-finishing is a vital and important part of the weaving process. During wet-finishing, fibers move around, “bloom,” and in the case of wools, they can also felt or full. To get the best outcome for your cloth, you need to make sure the water temperature, agitation level, and soap or […]

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Natural Fiber Extravaganza in Tennessee

I absolutely love alpacas: they’re absolutely adorable, and their fleece makes for absolutely scrumptious yarns. For anyone else out there who loves alpacas, consider checking out the first Alpaca Owners Association’s Natural Fiber Extravaganza. This fiber festival is sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas and New Era Fiber and is focused on these unbeatable ungulates. […]

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I’ve often read that Americans by and large don’t get enough fiber. I’m not one to argue with doctors, so I’m going to use that as a reason to attend a few more fiber festivals this year. Fortunately for me, and anyone else who needs more fiber in their life, there are festivals large and […]

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Fiber Festival Roundup

YOU CAN MEET YOUR MAKER—or at least your yarn’s maker—when you shop at wool and fiber festivals. A bit like a cross between a county fair and your favorite local yarn shop, a fiber festival features fiber animals, spinning and weaving contests, juried exhibits, demonstrations, classes, food, and, of course, plenty of opportunities to buy […]

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After H was born (and even for a while before then), I found myself in a weaving rut. I had shelves full of yarn, books, and magazines full of projects, but no inspiration. Then, while browsing the Eugene Textile Center booth at Interweave’s Yarn Fest, I saw it: a gorgeous hand-dyed skein of 3/2 Tencel […]

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A Heddle of Weavers

Recently a parliament of owls stopped by some trees near the Interweave office building. I didn’t get to see these owls in person, but I did get to see the fantastic photos taken by our in-house photographer, George Boe. Looking at the photos, I was delighted, but it got me thinking. Weavers and birds have […]

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