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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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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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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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The Design Process

Creating cloth requires both engineering and imagination, but most of all it requires that you play with your materials a lot. Getting to know yarn and how it behaves is learned by conducting lots of experiments. Designing is like a Mad Lib.  The basic formula goes something like this: I want to make ____________ (project) …

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First Room: The Kitchen

I love new beginnings!  The world is sparkly and new, everything fits perfectly together in your mind, and nothing has gone wrong.  (This won’t last, but that is also part of the process.  For an excellent blog post on navigating roadblocks check out Kate White’s post on the Schacht Blog.) I’m starting my Year of …

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