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Geeking Out: Cotton

I’ve noticed that if a pattern calls for cotton yarn most weavers tend to dig into their stash and pull out whatever cotton they have on hand.  All cotton yarns are not the same.  Depending on their type they can behave differently in the finished cloth. Here is a brief rundown of the kinds of cottons …

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The Pinwheels are Here!

This pattern was a long-time in the making.  I approached Jean Ahearn (aka Jeen on Ravelry) over two years ago about publishing a pattern based on her popular pinwheel projects she posted on Ravelry.  She was quick to respond and I was slow with getting all the pieces and parts together. The result is the Traveling …

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Taking Stock

As I begin my quest to realize a lifelong dream—to live in a home bedecked in handwoven textiles, I stopped to look around at what my home already contains.  So much of my weaving life has either been for publication, teaching, or for gifts.  The work I purchase, I have largely give as gifts. I’ve retained very …

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Face-to-Face Never to Be Replaced

TNNA in the SWG booth 2015

Nothing, nothing, nothing can replace the face-to-face interactions you get at a show—no amount of Tweeting gets you even close to the relationships you form when you are in the right forum for the task at hand. The National NeedleArts Association trade show is a very necessary part of your weaving life, whether you are …

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The Lazy Warping Method

It is no secret that I have a preference for using a warping board to dress a rigid-heddle loom.  This is now called the indirect method. Before rigid-heddle weaving became so popular, the indirect method was “warping.”  To many new weavers the direct method is the only warping method she or he will ever need …

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First Room: The Kitchen

I love new beginnings!  The world is sparkly and new, everything fits perfectly together in your mind, and nothing has gone wrong.  (This won’t last, but that is also part of the process.  For an excellent blog post on navigating roadblocks check out Kate White’s post on the Schacht Blog.) I’m starting my Year of …

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