Hand Carders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

In the first part of Linda Ligon’s article “Hand Carders Then and Now,” she took us through how hand carding wool has changed over the centuries. In this part, she explores 3 fascinating methods used by today’s spinners: classic, nontraditional, and downright whimsical. Classic Hand Carders If you were learning to spin in the Dark […]

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Hand Carders Then and Now

If you gave ten handspinners each a brand-new set of handcards, how many different ways would you see them used? Some hand carders might get out a pen and mark one as left and the other as right, then keep each card in its own hand as if it had been glued there. You might […]

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Priscilla’s Armenian Socks

PieceWork has been publishing a special theme issue on knitting for several years now, and it has become an annual best seller. It has even spawned a spinoff, Knitting Traditions, likewise a crazy success. Fascination with our knitting roots seems to know no bounds. So after all of these years, you’d think all this historical […]

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Rickrack: “Make Plain Things Beautiful.”

Rickrack conjures memories of brightly colored chevron embellishments on dresses and other garments from our childhoods. In the May/June 1994 issue of PieceWork, Interweave founder Linda Ligon gives us the scoop on how this iconic trim was made. Here’s Linda to tell us more. It has covered the telltale faded lines of letdown hems, lent […]

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Stick It in Your Ear: Your Body as Spinning Tool

Handspinning tools are irresistible. Spindles with enchanting lathe-turned whorls. Niddies with shapely arms to receive your precious yarn. Darling little inch gauges and mesmerizing ball winders. And of course, the wheels themselves—magic in motion. It’s no wonder spinners love to collect the tools of their trade. The fact is, though, that you don’t really need […]

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The Hidden Messages of Name Drafts

Weavers love name drafts. They’re fun ways we can hide special little messages in our weaving and create works of cloth with extra layers of meaning. Of course as Linda Ligon points out in this article from the November/December 1997 issue of Handwoven once you learn how to decode weaving you might not like what […]

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A Weaver’s Guide to Effective Procrastination

If you love to make gifts for others but struggle with actually finishing them, Linda Ligon has a (sort of) solution for you. In her article from the September/October 1995 issue of Handwoven, Linda muses on procrastination and how she makes it work for her. —Christina I can’t find the word “crastinate” in Webster’s, but […]

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Clever Lithuanian Sock Heels

Linda Ligon, Interweave’s founder, is no stranger to sock knitting. Here’s Linda on her experience with Lithuanian sock heels. Enjoy! ~Jeane The challenge of heels, unless you’re a veteran sock knitter, is simply trusting the instructions. The most typical shaped heel involves short-rows, which to my mind are not intuitive. You knit most but not […]

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Impractical Advice: Yarn Storage Organization

Is your yarn studio getting out of control? Slowly taking over your house? Then you’ll want to read this essay by Interweave Founder Linda Ligon from the September/October 1994 issue of Handwoven on yarn storage organization. It might not help you organize your studio, but it will probably make you laugh. —Christina You can organize […]

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Linda Ligon: This is How I Go When I Go Like This

One of the best parts of working for Handwoven is getting to know and learn from Interweave founder Linda Ligon. For all of you not so lucky to have a direct line to Linda, we thought it would be fun to publish some of her essays on the web. This first one comes from the […]

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