Holiday Weaving 2019

Family dinner at our house during my son’s high school years became a point of contention. Apparently, according to my son, “Nobody else had to eat dinner with their family every night.” I started to feel like one of the last holdouts—what with making dinner, setting the table with placemats and napkins (some of them […]

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Inkle Bands Combine Math and Color

My love of weaving kitchen towels seems inexplicable. Why do I spend hours on my computer designing, hours at my warping board winding, and then hours on my loom threading, sleying, and weaving something that I can purchase for $7.95 at a big-box store? I’m sure that it seems, to an outside observer, like insanity, […]

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The Moment You Realize You Should Have Sampled

Instead of spending the weekend happily weaving the M’s and O’s handwoven towels I want to give as wedding gifts this summer, I spent the bulk of Saturday and some of Sunday adding 96 warp ends, and re-sleying the original 600 warp ends before rolling the whole warp forward so that I could re-beam it. […]

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Silk Wall of Troy Scarf

Twill and silk are a natural pairing for scarves. The floats in twill give silk opportunities to shine and reflect light, but they aren’t so long that they get caught on clothing or jewelry. The Silk Wall of Troy Scarf in the Loom Theory Four-Shaft Scarf Collection combines the two to create a scarf as […]

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Bubbles Shawl

I love that Elisabeth Hill isn’t timid when she designs and weaves. She seems to have an uncanny sense of how color combinations and weave structures work together on the loom, and she jumps wholeheartedly into projects. The Bubbles Shawl in the Loom Theory Four-Shaft Scarf Collection is no exception. Elisabeth combined 2 colors of […]

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Bead Leno Scarf

Maybe I haven’t been paying attention, but I have never seen bead leno used as effectively as Deanna Deeds used it in her Bead Leno Scarf in the Loom Theory Four-Shaft Scarf Collection. By changing bead leno’s typical setup, she was able to get more patterning than usual and highlight two luscious silk/wool yarns, one […]

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Don’t Be Afraid to Sew Handwoven Fabric!

After retiring as a mechanic in the 1960s, my grandfather learned to weave. I don’t know what he wove to start with, but I know that he wove lengths of fabric at a senior center near his home in Hollywood (nature versus nurture, anyone?). I was young at the time, but I remember plain-weave cream-colored […]

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It’s Just Yarn—Jump into Weaving

As many times as you tell beginning weavers that it’s just yarn, most still worry about the whole warping the loom thing. Case in point: At Yarn Fest 2017, I demonstrated direct warping on a rigid-heddle loom 3 times. I demonstrated the process and then invited people to come up and try it themselves because […]

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Use Your Weaving Tools with Purpose

I recently heard the phrase, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” and it caught my attention. After looking it up, I learned that is known as the “law of the instrument,” a term coined by Abraham Maslow in 1966. The concept is based on people overusing the tools they […]

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