Geeking Out: Warping Choices

My teaching philosophy is pretty much summed up this way: If it works, then do it. If it stops working, try something else. When it comes to warping, there are so many ways to get the job done—from the super speedy direct method that uses a peg, to the somewhat less speedy and versatile indirect method where […]

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Geeking Out: Doing a Loom Waste Audit

Most weaving patterns tell you how much loom waste they allow in the warp length within the project specs. In general, I allow 18”– 22” for the direct method, which requires that you tie onto the front apron rod and 22”– 26” for the indirect, which requires that you tie onto the apron rod in […]

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Swatch and Learn

I released my first self-published book, A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching, back in January. Some of you know the back story: The previous year I had reached out to Angela at Purl & Loop to see if she could devise a tool that would help me swatch while working on Handwoven Home. To date, there were […]

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There Is No Place Like A Handwoven Home

With Handwoven Home, I set out to write a book chock full of project ideas and know-how as it relates to weaving cloth that lasts for your home. It is a follow-up to my first book Weaving Made Easy, where I assume you are new to weaving. In this book, I assume you have some experience and offer […]

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Even your odds: Warping Stripes

Last week, I wrapped up my first semester of teaching at New Mexico Technical University.  It was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to meet with the same group of students week after week. In addition to the University students, the class was open to community members, including high school students, so there was […]

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The Year of Playing at Home

On January 1st of this year, I woke up and decided I was going to weave an item for every room in my house. I mean this quite literally—I sat bolt upright in bed with total conviction that I was going to do this. The idea quickly turned into a book proposal that my publisher snapped […]

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Mixing It Up: Warping Complicated Color Orders

In the past week, I had two separate weavers email me about warping plaid and color-and-weave. Both of these weavers were struggling to get the results they wanted using the direct warping method. You could certainly warp simple stripes and a few of the color-and-weave combos, such as houndstooth or log cabin, easily using the direct […]

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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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The Lazy Warping Method

It is no secret that I have a preference for using a warping board to dress a rigid-heddle loom.  This is now called the indirect method. Before rigid-heddle weaving became so popular, the indirect method was “warping.”  To many new weavers the direct method is the only warping method she or he will ever need […]

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