A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn
by Liz Gipson

Infinitely variable and wondrous stuff, is yarn. We love it, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem to love us back. A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn is one weaver’s attempt to unlock the mysteries of selecting yarns for weaving on the rigid-heddle loom, although the information is widely applicable to all loom types.

Written with the rigid-heddle weaver in mind, this book starts with selecting yarns, the biggest stumbling block for weavers, then dives into how to measure it, how it is made, and what it is made of. There are tips for buying yarn in all the ways you can find it.

Pulled together from ten years of writing on the subject of yarn as it relates to weaving and countless hours interacting with weavers and listening to their befuddlement over yarn issues, this guide is created to peel away the layers and give you the information you need to succeed, all pulled together in one volume. No more hunting and pecking to find the information you thought you saw somewhere else.

In this guide you will find:

  • How to substitute one yarn for another
  • The secret to selecting the perfect sett
  • Color hacks
  • A checklist for how to know which yarn to use for what purpose
  • Comprehensive fiber information
  • Yarn construction fundamentals
  • How to decode yarn information in a weaving pattern

Print version is 74 pages, full color, 8 ½” by 5 ½”, perfect bound, and signed by the author.

Digital copy is delivered as a PDF.

“There’s a reason Liz Gipson has an avid following of weavers. She knows her audience, listens to what they need and want, and delivers inspiration and information in a helpful and hopeful style. In her new book, A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn, Liz answers all the questions rigid heddle weavers have been asking about yarn and how to use it (though there’s much here too for any weaver). Want to know about yarn counts, yarn styles, kind of fibers, warp setts, or using color? It’s all here and more. This valuable resource is a must-have addition to any weaver’s library. Read this excellent resource cover to cover, or seek out your yarn questions and stumbling blocks as they arise.”

—Jane Patrick, author of The Weaver’s Idea Book

“A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn is the kind of resource that reminds me how fun learning can be. Even with over a decade of weaving under my belt, I found something fresh and interesting with every turn of the page. Liz offers thorough explanations of so many different yarn considerations for weavers while encouraging a practical approach. I wouldn’t sit down at the loom without this guide.”

—Whitney Crutchfield, Teacher, Designer, and Textile Artist at WE Gather Studio

Additional information

Weight .4 lbs

1 review for A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn – Print Edition

  1. Susan Rardin

    This is a wonderful resource! I am new to weaving, and to yarn in general as I’ve never knitted or crocheted. I’m used to working with fiber as I’m a sewer, quilter and machine embroiderer, so had a good understanding of fibers. The “yarn” language, though, really had me stumped. I’m only on page 50, but what I’ve learned so far is priceless. I’m excited to get to the section on Style, so I can better understand Twist, Ply, etc. This guide answered one of the first questions I had after I bought my 32” Kromski Rigid Heddle, which was “Where can I find out more about Yarn?” Question answered!

    I like that you can purchase both a print as well as a digital copy. I like to read the print copy, but I love the fact that I can search more easily with the digital copy.

    Highly recommend!

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