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Even your odds: Warping Stripes

Last week, I wrapped up my first semester of teaching at New Mexico Technical University.  It was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to meet with the same group of students week after week. In addition to the University students, the class was open to community members, including high school students, so there was …

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Pick-Up, When to Weave Which Float

If you are totally new to weaving with the pick-up stick on the rigid heddle loom, check out my latest Knitty column. I give a very basic primer on how it works and discuss how to weave warp floats. In First Fall edition of Knitty, I’ll address weft floats. Here’s what I’ve been geeking out on lately. When using a …

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Geeking Out: Packing Material

I try not to be an opinionated weaver, as there are many ways to get similar results. In weaving, as in life, “it depends” is a totally legit answer. I’m not sure why packing paper has been on my mind, but it has. I questioned myself on why I prefer paper as a packing material. Self, …

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Why Weave With Two Heddles

I tell this story a lot: I once asked a farmer if you could milk a pig. (Don’t ask me why it made sense at the time.) His answer: You can milk a mouse, but the real question is—Why do you want to? That stuck with me. We are insanely curious about all the possibilities …

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Geeking Out: Wonky Edges

How to maintain straight selvedges is the number two pain point for weavers. It comes second only to warping. There are three things you can do if you want to maintain tidy edges and prevent draw in. Tension Whenever possible I put my selvedges in a slot and weight them. Weighting your selvedges gives them …

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Mixing It Up: Warping Complicated Color Orders

In the past week, I had two separate weavers email me about warping plaid and color-and-weave. Both of these weavers were struggling to get the results they wanted using the direct warping method. You could certainly warp simple stripes and a few of the color-and-weave combos, such as houndstooth or log cabin, easily using the direct …

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Geeking Out: Placing Your Weft

In weaving we talk about “beating your yarn” a lot.  I try to avoid using this phrase as it send the wrong message. It refers to what most of us think of as “weaving”, using the rigid-heddle to press the weft into place. Perhaps a more accurate instruction is to “place the weft”.  Beating too hard means you end …

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Singular Thinking

My Spinzilla is finally underway. After squawking for weeks to others to do their prep ahead of time, I had a total fail in that department.  Between organizing Spinzilla and working on the book, my own wheel has been sorely neglected these past few months.  After a late night wheel tune-up and stripping and prepping …

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