Jewel Bag

Some weavers might shy away from using silk with the rigid-heddle loom, but there is no reason to, and plenty of reasons not to avoid using luxurious silk. You will find that it is no more difficult to use than cotton, and the sheen and hand are remarkable. Nothing says elegance like silk. Whitney Dorband […]

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Washing Wool: Alpaca Edition

When we need to know about alpacas, we call Whitney Dorband, who runs Belvedere Fine Fibers with her family. As spinners, knitters, and dyers as well as breeders and ranchers, they love working with alpacas and their fiber. We asked her about one of the first questions spinners have when preparing alpaca: how to wash […]

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Whitney Dorband joined Interweave as an intern in 2009. In 2014, she decided to start a fiber company with her mother, using alpaca fiber from the family’s large flock and natural dyes from her mother’s garden. Learn more about how passion meets practicality in an excerpt from her Spin Off Winter 2017 article, “From Backyard […]

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Changing weft colors always has the potential to leave you with awkward-looking selvedges or bulk, especially when using a rigid-heddle loom without floating selvedges to help keep ends in check! In this post, Whitney explains the techniques she uses when changing color on a rigid heddle, complete with pictures. ~Andrea Let’s talk color changes. I’ve […]

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The Woes and Wonders of Weaving with Rags

I would consider myself a novice weaver. I haven’t done many projects on my little rigid-heddle loom, and I know I have so much to learn. But I always get the itch to have a project warped and ready to weave. Lucky for me, I needed a rug for my kitchen, and weaving with rags […]

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