“Rigid heddle” is a long term for a simple loom. On complex looms, two separate pieces control the spacing and movement of the warp yarns. Rigid-heddle looms have just a few basic parts, making them easy to use. MUST-HAVES: 1. SHUTTLE A shuttle holds the weft yarn as it passes through the warp; it’s part […]

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Fun Fiber Fact: Clams!

Clams, particularly Pinna nobilis, secrete filaments that can be spun into sea silk, which shines like gold in the sunlight. It was the finest fabric known to Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, but today, it is said that there is only one person who can still harvest and spin it.

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Business Saturday: A chat with Cynthia Deis, Owner of Ornamentea, a brick-and-mortar bead shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, plus online supply shop. Q: What’s your background in jewelry production? A: I began making jewelry as a teenager on my parents’ back porch in Columbus, Ohio. My beading and jewelry making continued as a hobby until a […]

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Crazy Quilting

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest: Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching by Allie Aller Besides learning new techniques for creating your own fabrics, methods of piecing, and an array of embellishment techniques with beads and embroidery stitches, this uniquely useful book encourages readers to develop a zeal […]

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A myth of the Middle Ages describes the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary as both an animal and a vegetable. One version of the zoophyte describes a grown lamb attached to the plant with an umbilical cord-like stem. The stem allowed the lamb to graze on surrounding vegetation, but once the vegetation ran out or if […]

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Business Saturday: An interview on the bridal jewelry business with Angela Olsgard Tiernan, owner of Angie Star Jewelry In 2002, Angela Olsgard Tiernan established Angie Star Jewelry, a Boulder, Colorado, boutique specializing in custom-designed jewelry. This includes bridal jewelry and special occasion pieces. The company creates a variety of wedding jewelry, from earrings, bracelets, and […]

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Tammy Lawson’s Guardian Angel and Guiding Light In the April/May 2017 issue of Beadwork, Tammy Lawson shared her beading inspiration with us. Tammy was equally influenced by her beloved mother and by bead-embroidery artist Sherry Serafini. Here’s Tammy’s story. “When I was six years old, my parents ran a seafood restaurant where my older sisters […]

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