Hack Your Studio: Measuring Tools

To weave well, you need to keep track of many measurements. I have found that different measuring tools help in different ways to improve my weaving speed and process. Among other things, the correct tools will help you better plan your projects, center your warps, track your ppi, and track your weaving progress. My studio […]

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Weaving Failure or Learning Opportunity?

My favorite quote from Thomas Edison is in regard to inventing the light bulb: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The inventor and co-founder of Polaroid, Edwin Land, said, “An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” Google “failure quotes” and you can find many more […]

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On Finishing Anxiety

When I first started weaving I suffered from Finishing Anxiety. The first time I had to wet-finish a project I watched that cloth like a hawk and rinsed and rinsed until I was absolutely positive I had washed out all the excess dye. And then, of course, I handwashed them again the next day “just […]

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In a perfect world, before beginning a project, we would know our stash held the proper yarns, in the proper colors, in the proper amounts. This would require tracking every yarn in our stash, and every project that used any of that yarn. We’d carefully and accurately update a master spreadsheet that listed every cone […]

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Handwoven Goods—Recycled Yarn and more!

ASHFORD RIGID-HEDDLE LOOM FREEDOM ROLLER You could weave forever with the Freedom Roller. This quick and easy-to attach cloth beam extension is available for Ashford Rigid-Heddle Looms. The roller allows you to weave longer fabrics and use thicker weft yarns without narrowing your shed because of build-up on the front beam. It’s a breeze to […]

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Perfect for Summer—Portable Inkle Looms

Watching TV without something to do with my hands makes me restless. Rather than aimlessly playing solitaire on my phone or scrolling through social media, I find working on a project is the perfect antidote to less-than-compelling shows and movies. Keeping my hands busy occupies one part of my brain, which allows the other part […]

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