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When, if ever, do I need a floor loom?

Rigid-heddle weavers regularly ask me this question or a variation on this theme, essentially wanting to know if they will reach a limit with their rigid-heddle loom. All looms have constraints. Syne Mitchell, a dedicated multi-shaft loom weaver and author of Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom, talks beautifully about the concept of constraints throughout her work. …

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Down the Rabbit Hole: A Chat with Sarah Anderson

I met Sarah Anderson a few years ago at a National NeedleArts trade show, where she as promoting her book The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs. As a spinner, I have long admired Sarah’s work in making sculptural, highly functional yarns.  She introduced me to the wonders of xanthan gum as a sizing material—a coating …

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Where Weaving Lives

Every once in a while, my work forces me to look up and marvel at the place I have landed.  This past week was a perfect example. The students in my Weaving for Techies class at New Mexico Tech University are getting ready to tackle weft faced weaves. I wanted to give the students a …

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I’m Thankful for Failure

Thanksgiving is a time to contemplate gratefulness and reconciliation.  I am both thankful for, and recently reconciled with, failure and its cousin perfectionism. I just finished reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  It wasn’t a book I was drawn to by the subject—living the creative life—but rather by the author. Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, Committed, …

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I Speak Weaving

For the past few weeks I’ve been immersed in weaving traditions from all over the world. It started with a trip to the Folk Art Market in Santa Fe hosted by the International Folk Art Alliance. Hundreds of artisans from around the globe come to this event to represent their countries’ finest folk art traditions, sell …

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