Subscribe to my newsletter
Yarnworks Facebook Yarnworker Instagram Yarnworker Pinterest Yarnworker Ravelry Yarnworker YouTube Yarnworker YouTube

Before There Was Etsy There Were Folk Schools

Since the industrial revolution, craft revivals come in waves, the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1880s, the Southern Craft revival of the 1930s, the back to the land movement of the 1970s, and the modern DIY movement that began in the 2000s.  I’m fascinated by the cyclical nature of this phenomena of remembering, reinvention, and …

Read moreBefore There Was Etsy There Were Folk Schools

Why Yarnworker?

I first encountered the truism, “If you want to be a writer, write” in a nonfiction work of Paul Theroux, although I don’t think he originally coined the phrase. This is true of weaving, too. If you want to be a weaver, weave. I hear so many people say, “I’m not a real weaver, I only…..”  If you …

Read moreWhy Yarnworker?

Do What Scares You! Project Living Room Complete

When I first started weaving on the rigid-heddle loom, I was devoted to plain weave. I had a floor loom to do all those other weaves.  The pick-up stick befuddled me and two-heddle weaving seemed too fussy for this lovely simple little loom. I’ve long left that thinking behind. Doubleweave is one the best reasons for …

Read moreDo What Scares You! Project Living Room Complete

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 …

Read moreGeeking Out: Cotton

Year of the Handwoven Home Progress Report

On January first, I experienced a fire in my belly that only a New Year can bring.  THIS will be the year!  Every room in my house will have a new handwoven item designed just for it.  I’m happy to say that unlike most of my New Year’s Resolutions this one is sticking. I’ve tackled the …

Read moreYear of the Handwoven Home Progress Report

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 …

Read moreThe Pinwheels are Here!

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 …

Read moreTaking Stock

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 …

Read moreFace-to-Face Never to Be Replaced


Liz Gipson Widgets
Blog
terms to know