Category Archives: Weaving

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Learn to Weave with Hannah

For me, summer is about trying new things. I like new stitch patterns and new yarns, but most of all I like new crafts in general. In the past, I've devoted summers to needle felting or dyeing. This summer, I'm learning to weave! I have a small rigid heddle loom and I can't wait to make scarves and placemats and pillowcases for everyone I know. In my dreams, my Christmas list will be complete by the time the pumpkins are ripe. If you're interested in learning to weave, we have a new tutorial available where Hannah weaves a gorgeous pillowcase out of Hawthorne Fingering Yarn! Learn how to warp, weave, and finish your project in this great video:

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Book Sale – Focus on Weaving

This Spring, my goal is to start weaving. Last summer my husband bought me a rigid heddle loom for a milestone birthday, and last week, I finally got it warped. This is the week I'm finally going to begin, and to get me to the start line (let alone the finish line), I've been looking at some great books on the topic. Here are 3 books we carry on weaving. At 40% off during our book sale, why not pick one up? You're sure to get inspired, and maybe you'll get weaving, too! My favorite book on weaving to come through the office has been Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom by Syne Mitchell. Packed with great stitch patterns and helpful hints, like fixing broken warp threads, it also has great essay on topics I never considered, but am sure to encounter. My favorite essay is called "Weaving Ugly Things" and it begins, "There will come a time when you'll look down at the fabric on the loom and think, "Dang, that's ugly". The author then goes on to talk about how unpredictable weaving can be, even for seasoned veterans. With great full color illustrations, and imaginative stitch patterns I can't wait to try, this book is about to be added to my library.

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Staff Gift Guide – Hannah

There are a few tools that perpetually reside in my shopping cart, just one click away from being all mine. And yet there they stay, waiting for that moment when I break down and splurge or someone magically gifts them to me. The long-term resident on my list is a Kromski Harp Loom.

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Weaving with Chroma

I'm officially enchanted! I decided to try weaving a scarf with Chroma Fingering over the weekend, despite some trepidation about the possibility of the warp strand breaking and I'm SO GLAD that I did!

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Weaving with Imagination

I love weaving with Imagination! We got our shipment of new Imagination colors at the office right when I was at the peak of my weaving obsession a few months ago and I immediately grabbed two of my favorite colorways, Rose Red and Enchanted Lake and took them home with me. I'm not embarrassed in the least to say that I started warping the loom before I even took my coat off!

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Queen Anne Infinity Scarf

It's been another year and my sister is having another birthday. Every year I find myself plumbing the depths of my Ravelry queue, pinterest boards and various craft stashes to come up with a gift that she'll both like and wear. When my sister was visiting over the holidays, she brought a bunch of those giant, jersey fabric infinity scarves that seem to be popping up in stores these days. They keep you warm like regular scarves without the hassle of keeping track of all those ends. I decided to break out the 32 inch Kromski Harp Loom and weave my own version of her favorite scarf!

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The Wonders of Weaving

A while back, I tackled my first ever weaving project and instantly loved not only the texture, but also the way colors interacted with each other. I was so impressed at how fast I was able to work through so much yarn that it didn't take long for me to warp the Kromski Harp Loom for another project. Hannah has also been working on a few weaving projects recently and every time she brings in a newly finished project, my mind begins to wonder off and daydream of all sorts of fun, color-filled projects. Having this itch to weave led me to Ravelry, where I discovered I was able to filter projects in a way that only showed weaving projects. I have been intrigued by the idea of working with Palette since there are over 100 colors to choose from. One click led to another, and I entered "Palette" into the search field to only show weaving projects that used Palette. One word: amazing! I was instantly inspired by all of the stunning projects that Knit Picks customers have made. There was one project, however, that just jumped out at me - yarnvista's woven blanket!

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Weaving Take #2

A few months ago, I finally got the nerve to try my hand at weaving. I first was intrigued by weaving when Kelley started to prepare the samples for her Weaving with a Ridig Heddle video class. I don't know why, but for some reason I had it set in my mind that weaving was complicated and time consuming. And don't get me wrong - weaving isn't some I am able to start on a whim as easily as casting on some stitches for a knitting project. The preparation is a bit time consuming and takes a bit of finessing, but once you are actually weaving the entire process goes along fairly fast.

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Woven Roving

Back in November I shared a photo of some roving that I purchased at this year's Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival and mentioned that I was thinking about weaving with it as raw roving (as opposed to a spun yarn). I had a long weekend around Thanksgiving and finally sat down to warp my loom with a ball of White Palette at home. I've been weaving in bits here and there since then and finally finished on Sunday!

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Weaving With Roving

I found two delightful, bright braids of roving at this year's Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival from the Wool Gatherings booth. The minute I saw their bright colors, I knew I wanted to try weaving some scarves with it.

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