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Meet Yarnworker

Why Yarnworker?

Did you ever was up one day and say, he, I’m going to start __________ (fill in the blank). I wrote in Yarnworker. For years, I watched my knitting, crocheting, and seeing friend, colleagues, and heroes self-publish patterns and thought, one day.

Weaving has a long tradition of self-publising, along with supportive distribution systems. I think of the great Mary Meigs Atwater or the incomparable Russell Groff.  They both self-published their own work and the work of others. Perhaps more importantly, they provided a distribution network for others to get their work into the hands of weavers that wanted it.  Unicorn Books & Crafts carries on this tradition.

The internet both disrupted traditional channels and gives us a new way to publish. At Yarnwoker, I want there to be more options for those of us that weave on the rigid-heddle loom—we who are a niche, within a niche.

I love this loom. I love that it allows me to use almost any yarn I want.  I love that it allows me to be social and move about the house. I love that it is quick and easy to set up. I love the intimacy of scale, that likens to other handwork such as stitching and knitting.

I want to share the ingenious ways you can make cloth with this wonderful little loom, and we want to help you be a better weaver.  Yarnworker patterns are not just about making something cool, they are about deepening your knowledge about how good cloth is made.


Liz Gipson
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