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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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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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Doubleweave WAL Weaving Tips

Weavers never cease to amaze me with their good cheer, adventurous spirit, and curious minds. Oh, and how we laugh! The Yarnworker Weave-Along is in full swing. Most WAL weavers are warped and ready to go. Some are already done and ready to warp another throw. If you aren’t warped yet, don’t sweat it.  There is still plenty …

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Doubleweave WAL Warping Tips

I’m delighted and a little overwhelmed that so many of you are joining me for the Doubleweave Throw Weave-Along (DWWAL)! We are nearly 150 weavers strong! As you know, necessity (i.e. a train wreck) has offered me the <cough> opportunity <endcough> to reweave some of my teaching samples.  On a whim, I thought, “Why not invite …

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Have Loom Will Travel

Since June, I’ve laid my head in a different bed one week to the next. Occasionally the bed has been my own, but more often than not, it hasn’t. Mostly, I’ve been teaching on what I’ve dubbed the 2016 Rigid Heddle Road Trip, or attending conferences and other weaving-related gatherings. Teaching is really important to me. …

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Doubleweave Throw Weave-Along

For the first time, I shipped my sample projects for a teaching gig instead of hand-carrying them. Everything arrived safely and I had a grand time teaching new weavers to weave. The host and I carefully packed everything up and shipped it back. When the box arrived, all seemed well enough, although the box seemed …

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Down the Rabbit Hole: A Chat with Sarah Anderson

I met Sarah Anderson a few years ago at a National NeedleArts trade show, where she as promoting her book The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs. As a spinner, I have long admired Sarah’s work in making sculptural, highly functional yarns.  She introduced me to the wonders of xanthan gum as a sizing material—a coating …

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Do What Scares You! Project Living Room Complete

When I first started weaving on the rigid-heddle loom, I was devoted to plain weave. I had a floor loom to do all those other weaves.  The pick-up stick befuddled me and two-heddle weaving seemed too fussy for this lovely simple little loom. I’ve long left that thinking behind. Doubleweave is one the best reasons for …

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