12 Fiber Jokes You Need This Thanksgiving

It always happens, right? Just when you start enjoying your Thanksgiving meal, someone brings up politics. But this year, I am offering you a way out. When things start to get dicey, and politics raises its ugly head, remember these 12 (admittedly lame) fiber jokes you can use to change the conversation. Trust me, we […]

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I enjoy weaving on rigid-heddle looms and shaft looms. I especially like direct warping a rigid-heddle loom; It’s so easy and intuitive! Although I don’t mind winding a warp on a warping board and then beaming, threading, and sleying that warp on a shaft loom, I’ll do just about anything to avoid all of those […]

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Adventures in Weaving: Warp Chicken

Knitters use the expression “yarn chicken” to describe knitting a sweater without really knowing if they have enough yarn to complete it. I decided to adapt the phrase “warp chicken” for weavers. You have probably been playing it yourself without realizing it. If you don’t like playing warp chicken there are plenty of resources that […]

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Clever Weaving on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

I love Jenny Sennott’s Two Savory Towels for the Rigid-Heddle Loom from the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven because her design is clever. Don’t get me wrong, I also love intricate designs done on multi-shaft looms, but there is something special about plain weave and the serenity of quiet repetition. Jenny used 4 simple techniques […]

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Making Your Weaving Unique With Handspun Yarns

One day I spent the afternoon wandering from one fabric store to another, ending up in an upholstery store. I explained to the sales woman that I was looking for some thick, grey, cotton, plain-weave fabric to use as a backing for one of my handwoven pieces. As the words “plain weave” came out of […]

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Your Weaving Studio: Peace or Chaos?

This past weekend I had a towel project warped and ready to weave, so why was I was doing everything except weaving? Since normally I love to weave, I knew something was up. Instead of weaving, I would pick up my mindless knitting project, or peer into the refrigerator to see if anything tempting had […]

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As fiber artists we throw the word lace around; but in fact, handwoven lace is completely different than knitted lace, and both are completely different from bobbin lace. I love them all. All three create negative space that is as important to the design as the positive space which is created by the warp and […]

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Choosing A Loom You Love

In both my work and personal life, I’m often asked whether it is better to purchase a rigid-heddle loom or a multi-shaft loom. It’s almost impossible to answer that question. As Deb Essen said in her Handwoven September/October 2017 article about choosing the perfect loom, “It depends.” She was talking about choosing between different types […]

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