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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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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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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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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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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