Yarnworker is first and foremost for and by weavers that love to weave on the rigid heddle loom
Yarnworker is a way to help weavers build the skills they need to weave the cloth of their dreams. Yarnworker grew out of Liz Gipson’s passion for the rigid-heddle loom and teaching others to use it. It is a place to discover all that the rigid heddle has to offer helpful FAQs, resource lists, terms to know, occasional blog posts, and Yarnworker’s monthly newsletter.
Yarnworker also offers independently published patterns for the rigid-heddle loom. Yarnworker patterns are more than the instructions to weave something, they are a deep dive into techniques that make you a better weaver. With over ten years of publishing experience, Liz shepherds each pattern though a rigorous process from a thoughtful selection of projects and techniques to the necessary step-by-step photography and luscious beauty shots. Every pattern is reviewed by a technical editor as well as a copy editor and designed by a professional.
Liz’s specialty is weaving for the home. She creates patterns that are fun, not fussy to weave. Although the patterns here are primarily Liz’s, she occasionally publishes patterns from other talented rigid-heddle weavers. She looks for patterns have have something unique to offer the rigid-heddle enthusiast.
This site uses affiliate links from Amazon and Interweave. We always encourage you to support your local retailer first, however, not everyone is lucky enough to have a weaving retailer nearby. All affiliate links are to products that Liz fully believes in and endorse. The small income from these links help fund this site.
Chief bottle washer and rigid heddle enthusiast, Liz is devoted to yarn and those that make it, sell it, and use it. Liz sees Yarnworker as a way to increase the number of rigid-heddle patterns made from contemporary yarns available in the yarn universe and to celebrate weaving for the home.
Liz is an author, editor, video producer, goatherd, spinner, weaver, knitter, and teacher. To learn more about Liz, click here.
Jean Ahearn found her niche in helping other rigid heddle loom weavers. She discovered how to create 8 shaft pinwheels with such a loom, and has shared numerous useful tips, tricks, ideas, and many patterns as jeen on Ravelry.
Yarnworker’s tech editor loves all things to do with yarn. Most especially, Janet loves spreading her obsession with yarn and fiber to others via classes at her shop, The Bobbin Tree, and other locations around the Canadian maritimes and the U.S., as well as in her online floor loom weaving class on Craftsy.com.
Janet’s strength is in making complicated concepts easy for the beginner to understand, and in checking all the crunchy mathy bits so that you don’t have to!
Deborah is a full-time weaver and artist-in-residence at the Studio Channel Island Arts Center in Camarillo, California. She is a popular teacher at Stitches and exhibits her work nationally. Her liturgical weaving is sought after by churches across the country.
Her new online rigid heddle class, Beyond the Basics was recently released on Craftsy.com.
Weaving is part of Joan’s DNA. She traces her roots to Bohemian weavers in the 17th century. In her shop, Heritage Spinning and Weaving, she strives to cultivate thinking fiber workers. She has a line of “knitting patterns that teach” and is now applying that philosophy to patterns for rigid heddle weavers.
For fun, she volunteers at the Henry Ford Museum in their textile conservation area.
Liz Mrofka and Nancy Arndt
Liz is an inventor, entrepreneur, and graphic designer. For over 15 years she served as the lead designer on Handwoven. Her newest adventure, besides offering her graphic design talent to Yarnworker, is What If? Marketing Group.
Nancy has over 15 years experience as a copy editor in the how-to yarn world including a long tenure at Interweave. She is a budding rigid heddle weaver.