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Geeking Out: Wool Yarn

This is the wool version of one my most popular posts about the different types of cotton yarns available to weavers and how to select the right yarn for your project. It isn’t as straightforward a telling as it was with cotton and I’m warning you right now it is a long one. Cotton is a …

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Geeking Out: Yarn Substitutions

Yarn is forever, but yarns, sadly, come and go. Some of my favorite Steady Eddie brands and yarn lines are Brown Sheep and Halcyon Signature line. Inevitably, though, you come across a project in a yarn that has been discontinued. An overwhelming number of respondents to the last survey I sent out, said that not …

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The Design Process

As I tackle a new book project, I’ve been mulling over what it means to be a “designer”.  That word doesn’t feel like it fits me, however I do spend a good deal of time designing cloth. Creating good cloth requires both engineering and imagination, but most of all it requires that you play with …

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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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