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The Weaver’s Trifecta: Yarn, Sett, Beat

As I enter my fifth year of hosting weave-alongs, I’ve been musing on how we spend our time. Besides generally geeking out on all the things weaving entails, we seem to spend the most time talking about the endlessly fascinating topic of yarn selection, sett, and beat, or what I like to call, the weaver’s …

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Geeking Out: Yarn Substitutions

Yarn is forever, but yarns, sadly, come and go. Some of my favorite Steady Eddie brands and yarn lines are Brown Sheep and Halcyon Signature line. Inevitably, though, you come across a project in a yarn that has been discontinued. An overwhelming number of respondents to the last survey I sent out, said that not …

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The Design Process

As I tackle a new book project, I’ve been mulling over what it means to be a “designer”.  That word doesn’t feel like it fits me, however I do spend a good deal of time designing cloth. Creating good cloth requires both engineering and imagination, but most of all it requires that you play with …

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Geeking Out: Cotton

I’ve noticed that if a pattern calls for cotton yarn most weavers tend to dig into their stash and pull out whatever cotton they have on hand.  All cotton yarns are not the same.  Depending on their type they can behave differently in the finished cloth. Here is a brief rundown of the kinds of cottons …

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Face-to-Face Never to Be Replaced

TNNA in the SWG booth 2015

Nothing, nothing, nothing can replace the face-to-face interactions you get at a show—no amount of Tweeting gets you even close to the relationships you form when you are in the right forum for the task at hand. The National NeedleArts Association trade show is a very necessary part of your weaving life, whether you are …

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