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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The Sitting Room

There’s a tiny sitting room at Interweave—a closet, really—that I like to sit in sometimes when I need to think. Its primary purpose is to serve as a pumping room for new moms. There’s a little fridge, but you’re as likely to find some beers as some breast milk in there. What draws me, though, […]

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Linda Ligon remembers Alden Amos

The spinning world remembers Alden Amos as a guru, a genius, a curmudgeon, a paradox. I remember him as a pair of rough boots sticking out from under a broken-down van in my driveway. If this breakdown had happened only once, I probably wouldn’t remember it. But no. That old blue van, stuffed with spinning […]

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