Sett Yourself Up For Success

“It depends.” That is often the answer I give when I’m asked how to sett a yarn. It depends on the fiber content of the yarn. It depends on the size of the yarn. It depends on how the fabric will be finished. It depends on the intended use of the fabric. Generally, once you’ve […]

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My Story: Pamela Harwood

Weaving Aboard a Boat I began my textile journey as a knitter. My first project was a scarf for my husband. While I found knitting hats and sweaters to be quick and ever-changing, as I gained proficiency, I realized that I felt bogged down by the sameness of knitting scarves. It wasn’t until I discovered […]

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My Story: Amanda Migoski

Fiber therapy My Ladybug spinning wheel didn’t save my life, but it did help save my sanity. In the fall of 2014, I was about to start my 23rd year of teaching elementary music when I was diagnosed with a rare and serious autoimmune disease. The treatment? Almost two weeks in the hospital and six […]

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My Story: America Smith

“Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, arriba, abajo . . . “ When I took a job teaching English to 400 students whose first language was Spanish, I made a commitment to learn their language in order to communicate with their families. I packed my bags and went in search of the Spanish language, having no idea […]

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My Story: Nancy Stein Nowak

Nancy was one of our grand prize winners for the Personal Stories Contest, and you can see her story in the Spring 2016 issue of Handwoven. We are sure you will see more of her weaving and her writing in the future. Shortly before I retired after a twenty year career as a judge, I […]

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How to Spin and Weave Thick and Thin Yarn – Gherkin’s Bucket Collaboration

When Krysten from Gherkin’s Bucket showed me the new colorway she dyed up for this collaboration, I was floored! The stunning blues, greens, greys, and browns are a perfect way to celebrate the coming of spring. When I started planning this project, I knew I wanted to spin a thick and thin single, then ply […]

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Blue with Copper Accents Pillow – John Mullarkey

Blue with Copper Accents Pillow Designed by John Mullarkey Skill level: Intermediate Number of squares: 55 Size: 18” x 18” Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza worsted weight wool in color, Blue Ridge, 1 8 oz skein. Trendsetter Ambrosia, in Rust, 1 Skein. Notions: 18”x18” pillow form. Optional: 2” strip of Velcro. Weaving: Weave 10 squares with Ambrosia […]

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My Story: Olga Jamieson

Spinning on the Schacht Reeves in the Highlands of Scotland I am of Russian nationality and met my husband in Scotland some five years ago. We live in Loch Ness, famous for its monster sightings. My passion for craft work runs through my veins. My ancestors were experienced spinners, and I have my grandmother’s spinning […]

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My Story: Kyle Kunnecke

Kyle was one of our grand prize winners for the Personal Stories Contest, you can see his story in the Spring 2016 issue of Spin-Off. Kyle has released the free knitting pattern for the Hayden Cowl that can be seen in the advertisement. Here are the photos that you won’t see in the article, and […]

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Zoom Loom Valance – Stephanie Flynn Sokolov

  Equipment Schacht Zoom Loom and Weaving Needle Sewing needle Darning needle Materials -1 Skein Juniper Moon Zooey: 03 White Pepper (60% linen/40% cotton, 284yd/100g) -Matching sewing thread -1 Skein Bella Lino: 8516 Flax (58% linen/26% viscose/16% cotton, 164yd/50g) Instructions To weave this window treatment, you will need to weave 24 squares of Zooey on […]

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My Story: Allison Thistlewood

Spinning—It’s Better than Sex! When I first got back into knitting, I ended up getting fanatically into it. My friend who owned my LYS said, “Now we’ll just have to get you spinning!” to which I replied, “No way! Never gonna happen!” You’d think I’d know by now to “never say never.” One day while […]

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My Story: Dr. Bev Felten

Handspun, handwoven, dog-hair rugs support dog-related charity organizations   Elements to enrich our lives are all around us, but we often fail to recognize them. It is that recognition that led me to spin dog hair−and to the Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel. Being a dog breeder and a conformation judge, I began to think about […]

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Ann Slind at her Mighty Wolf Loom

My Story: Ann Slind

From Saskatchewan, Canada, to the Culture and Crafts of West Africa “Little did I know that when I learned to weave, it would take me to Africa! I first tried weaving in 8th Grade art class and enjoyed it. Many years later, my husband Lawrence and I witnessed a floor loom set up in someone’s […]

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Reversible Tufted Cowl – Blue Sky Alpacas Collaboration

For our December yarn company collaboration, we worked with Blue Sky Alpacas for a very special and luxurious scarf woven on our 15″ Cricket Loom. Since Blue Sky Alpacas offers both yarns and fiber, I decided to use both in a project. For this fashionable cowl, I took my inspiration from a traditional knitting technique called thrumming. […]

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Finishing the Cloth

Beth Smith and Jillian Moreno live about 30 minutes from each other and spend a lot of spinning time together, trading ideas and cheering each other on. Recently, the two have found weaving sneaking into their thoughts more and more. “Wouldn’t it be fun,” they said, “to do a project where we spin our yarn […]

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