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Reading a Pick-Up Pattern

We are in the midst of the Spring 2018 Yarnworker Weave-Along, weaving the Linen Facecloths from Handwoven Home. This project provides all sorts of interesting challenges for new and experienced weavers alike by weaving windowpane with linen, using multiple colors in warp and weft. The thing I love best about the weave-along process is that I …

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Geeking Out: Increasing the Capacity of your Cloth Beam

We just wrapped up—pun intended—another weave-along, tackling the Hudson Bay Inspired Throw from Handwoven Home. It was our second doubleweave weave-along, this time tackling a larger, wider, and bulkier piece. I often get asked, “How much warp can I pack on my beam?” I included my answer to this age-old question on page 149 of …

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What Progress Looks Like

I love a good challenge, but I’m also not so fond of change. An oxymoron, I know. As weavers, this dual nature is built right into our history. I often note that while computer technology was built on loom technology, Luddites were also weavers. I sympathize with both camps. Since I learn best by doing, …

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Finishing Tips for Rugs

We are quickly approaching the last day of the last lemonade weave-along. How great to end this series with the Simply Striped Rug from Weaving Made Easy—from doubleweave, to towel sets, to large lacy shawls, and now rugs, we have proved there isn’t much you can’t weave on a rigid-heddle loom. I keep saying it, and …

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Color-and-Weave Towels Weave-Along: Finishing Work

It is such a great feeling unrolling the cloth beam to reveal a set of freshly woven towels! Now it is time to finish them off. I often save my handwork for car trips or when I’m visiting with family and friends. You may be doing a little of both this holiday weekend. View this post …

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Color-and-Weave Towels Weave-Along: Weaving Tips

It is so rewarding seeing so many weavers trying something new. Some are trying new warping methods, some are weaving with fine cotton for the first time, and some are stretching their design wings and changing up the pattern to suit their needs or because they may have made a threading error and followed the …

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Warping Doesn’t Have to Be Scary! Weave-Along Color-and-Weave Warping Tips

As I hoped, the color-and-weave pattern for this weave-along has already generated lots of discussion about warping. For those who are still newish weavers, don’t let all these geeky details overwhelm you. Take what you need and leave the rest. Think of these weave-alongs as an interactive pattern instead of a class. The Facebook and Ravelry groups are …

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New Weave-Along Starts November 1st!

The Yarnworker Doubleweave Throw Weave-Along is drawing to a close. It was a truly amazing experience. We laughed, we cried, we celebrated, and we persevered. We learned as a group that making mistakes really isn’t that big of a deal and that anything and everything can be fixed. In fact, we had such fun, I am …

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Doubleweave WAL Finishing Tips

Finishing your handwoven throw: adjust the weft and tie off your ends

For some folks, their love of weaving is just that — they love the act of passing the shuttle back and forth and placing the weft. Warping and finishing aren’t in the same bucket. The handwork involved in finishing a piece of fabric can be very satisfying, but I know it can also be stressful. Here are …

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