A Recipe For a Fiber Life Well Lived

Our friend, rigid heddle enthusiast, and former Schacht-ite has just had her second rigid heddle book, Handwoven Home, published by Interweave. We asked Liz to share her weaving history and talk about her passion for weaving. Get connected with her weave-alongs, new online school, and her website Yarnworker via the links below—all great resources for new […]

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Zoom Loom Mat

Zoom Loom Table Mat

When one has a three-year-old with a fondness for making tents around the house, tablecloths no longer serve their intended purpose. Our dinner table is scantily clad these days, choosing to cover itself with a small tray that holds various condiments and candlesticks. Well, I recently had one of those, “I’m a weaver with no […]

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Handcards

Spinning From Handcards

What you need: – Spinning fiber – roving or washed fleece – A spinning wheel with empty bobbin – Handcards We have amazing brains that often tell us what we can and can’t do. Sometimes the key to overcoming the “can’t do” little voice in our heads is just taking a different approach. If you […]

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Two Sheep

Cheviot for Warp and Weft

This month, we have a guest column from Beth Smith. You can find out what else she’s up to at bethsmithspinning.com. For a while I’ve had an idea for a great weaving project. Actually, it’s an idea for several great weaving projects. I want to spin and weave fabric for clothing and then embroider the […]

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Cloud Scarf

Happy Little Clouds Scarf

When autumn rolls around, I can’t help but feel excited about dusting off my scarf collection. Shortly after reviewing the ever-growing, yet neatly folded pile, I inevitably determine it is lacking that perfect scarf. And shortly after determining that my collection of scarves is lacking, I am sketching out a plan for a new scarf. […]

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Covered Chair

Floatwork

Chair before After returning from a fabulous time at the New England Weavers Seminar in July, I found myself rewriting the beginning of this article. I was so lucky to spend two days in a round-robin style class taught by Marjie Thompson entitled 18th & 19th Century High Fashion for the Middle Class. To say […]

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Hemp Scrub

Hemp Scrub

I love visiting my mother, not only because she is such a great mom, but because she showcases my art in her home. Sitting down at her craft table, the place mat I made reminded me of my first rag rug class. While washing my hands, thoughts of drawing classes emerged with the framed pencil […]

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Red Valentine Heart

Red Valentine Heart

Sometimes I feel like life pulls me in many different directions and staying focused is a challenge. How good it feels when all the stars line up and I actually accomplish just what I wanted. This project has that feel. It is very loose, open and full of love. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. […]

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Armband

Summer Cotton Spinning

Inspiration surfaces in so many ways. Sharing a room with over 280 people with a passion for fiber and weaving is bound to spark some new ideas. This May Colorado Weaver Day took place in Golden and featured a variety of speakers and topics. I brought my Schacht Sidekick spinning wheel hoping to get a […]

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Shaker Rug

Shaker-Inspired Carpet

A few months back, I left a weaving guild meeting energized and agonizing over the fact that there were 25 miles between my weaving room and me. I was just that inspired by Shaker scholar, and accomplished weaver and spinner, Roben Campbell’s presentation on Shaker textiles. Thank you to Roben for providing the inspiration for […]

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Bulky Scarf

Bulky Scarves for Winter

A couple of months ago, I discovered the Fibershed project (fibershed.wordpress.com). The challenge of the project is for the author, Rebecca Burgess, to live for a full year in “clothes made from fibers that are solely sourced within a geographical region no larger than 150 miles” from her home. This also includes any dyes used […]

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Sparkly Sequins

Creating Sparkly Yarn with Sequins

 My inspiration this month comes from my visit with friend and fellow “Yearning to…” author Melissa Ludden Hankins. I was fortunate enough this summer to take a trip to Massachusetts to see my old friend. We walked together with our children from Melissa’s charming 1700’s home to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. […]

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Constructing Yarn

Deconstruct and Reinvent

 It is time for spring cleaning: out with the old and in with the new. But wait, before you donate your used clothes, take a look at what might be deconstructed and reinvented. There’s great yarn in there! In the last “Yearning to …” article, Melissa demonstrated how to deconstruct your t-shirts and reinvent them […]

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When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes

I was hoping that my return from maternity leave would be triumphant, but instead I find myself sharing a weaving horror story. This month’s project was nearly ruined in the washing machine. My first thought was to shelve the wreck and weave something else, but I managed to salvage most of it and decided that […]

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Hand Spinning

Get Skinny over the Fold

With this installment of Yearning to Weave, we’re evolving our column to include spinning tips and hints. Much like Yearning to Weave, Yearning to Spin is designed to assist new spinners to develop their spinning technique. Stephanie Flynn Sokolov is an enthusiastic and creative spinner. We’re happy to have her contributing to our monthly Yearning […]

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Red Woven Scarf

Doup (Continuous) Leno Scarf

Cheryl has created a clever way to weave doup leno on her Flip rigid heddle loom. She shares her technique with us here as a guest contributor to Yearning To Weave. Cheryl first presented this material at the New Orleans Weavers Guild in October 2010. This article focuses on the doup leno technique, and does […]

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Woven Block

Easy Weaving for Baby

Almost two months ago, my doctor decided that I needed to go on bed rest for the duration of my pregnancy. This meant no walking to the library. No gardening. No trips to visit friends and family. I wasn’t even allowed to be in a seated position, which meant, if you can imagine, no weaving. […]

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Curtains

Weaving for Your Home

I am writing this from the kitchen of my new home. My husband and I purchased what can only be called a labor of love back in January. It’s a mid-18th century saltbox that has been haphazardly renovated over the years, most recently a half century ago, and greatly needed someone to bring a bit […]

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Explaining Sett

Sett Explained, Sort of

Every Tuesday evening you can find me at Elissa’s Creative Warehouse in Needham, Massachusetts. I met Elissa last year at The National NeedleArts Association’s summer conference in Columbus, Ohio and found her to be enthusiastic about introducing weaving to her shop. After a bit of discussion, we decided that the Cricket Loom would be a […]

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