Glamp Shawl

Gamp isn’t a word you hear too often so it may need explaining: A gamp is a woven study of color interaction and/or weave structure. For this Glamp color-and-weave Shawl, Deb Essen played with two sections of warp stripe patterns using two colors and then used the same two colors in her weft in seven […]

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Shadow Weave: A Tale of Two Yarns

Have you ever wondered why two yarns that looks great next to each other on the shelf combine to create a muddy mess? In her latest article from the March/April 2018 issue of Handwoven, Deb Essen explains how to learn from her mistake and (not) choose colors for shadow weave. —Christina For months, I had […]

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Colored Cottons—Without Dye!

I remember years ago a friend showing me some green cotton he’d picked up while working at the local university’s cotton growing program. I was shocked to learn that cotton grew in more colors than just white. Since then I’ve learned a lot more about naturally colored cottons and even bought a few cones of […]

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Choosing the Perfect Loom

Want to buy a loom but not sure how to pick what’s best for you? Deb Essen provides some tips for choosing looms in the September/October 2017 issue of Handwoven. A big consideration is budget, which Deb describes in this excerpt. —Christina I’m often asked, “What’s the best loom to buy?” My answer? “It depends.” […]

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Spring Cleaning: Clean Up Your Shed

A clean shed while weaving is vital to a happy weaving experience. Any misbehaving threads can lead to unintentional floats that will need to be fixed. If your shed is suffering Deb Essen has a few fixes that might help. Here are just a few and you can find the rest in the May/June 2017 […]

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Warp Therapy: Turning a Draft

After decades of spinning and weaving, I have an almost embarrassing wealth of yarn and spinning fibers in my stash. Most of the yarns are the workhorses of weaving—lots of sizes and colors of cotton and wool plus tubs of Tencel and bamboo. I also have a healthy supply of handspun skeins waiting for their […]

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The Benefits of Weaving Samples

Many weavers have a love/hate relationship with sampling. In her latest video, Color in Weaving, Deb Essen explains why she loves sampling, especially when it involves color! —Christina When I started weaving, I never imagined I’d say, “I LOVE to sample!” It felt like a waste of time and yarn. Au contraire! Sampling created my […]

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