When to Use Which Finish

Finishing your fringe is like icing a cake. You can create a highly decorative look or something clean and simple. Beyond aesthetics, how do you know which technique is best for your specific circumstance? The purpose of finishing your fringe is to secure the weft and, if necessary, keep the yarn from fraying. Some folks […]

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Teachers Gotta Teach or How to Become One

The past few months, I’ve had a number of sporadic conversations with weavers who would like to teach. For those who are interested in teaching others to weave, I thought I’d share my path and some tips for budding teachers. How I Became a Weaving Teacher My desire to teach was spurred on while I […]

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Tips for Weaving The Perfect Towel

One of the best aspects of being a weaver is working with cool fibers.  By “cool” I mean, cotton, linen, hemp, and other cellulose fibers. During the hot summer months, we need not have a pile of wool on our laps or run it through our fingers. Warp your loom with some lovely cellulose and […]

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Geeking Out: Packing Material

I try not to be an opinionated weaver, as there are many ways to get similar results. In weaving, as in life, “it depends” is a totally legit answer. I’m not sure why packing paper has been on my mind, but it has. I questioned myself on why I prefer paper as a packing material. Self, […]

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Geeking Out: Headers

  A header is created by weaving scrap yarn before starting a project. Its purpose is to spread the warp evenly so there are no gaps in the warp and to give your cloth a firm foundation to grow. You may be tempted to skip this step and in some instances that may be ok, but […]

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Geeking Out: The Cross

The weaver’s cross can cause anxiety for those who are just learning how to use a warping board. The purpose of the cross is to keep the yarn in order so that you can thread the rigid heddle or reed in the same order that you wound the warp. This decreases snagging that can cause tension […]

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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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Advice for the Beginner

Yesterday I was on The Yarn Thing Podcast with the delightful Marly Bird.  She asked me, “If I know nothing about weaving and go to the Yarnworker site, which pattern should I pick?”  My first thought was our free Lovely Lace Scarf pattern or the Fat and Happy Scarf, but the great thing about beginners […]

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