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American Maid and Hemp Spa Cloth

Spockloth…What is a Spockloth?

May 20, 2016

The other day a local weaver came by, and as we were chatting, she mentioned that she was weaving a “Spockloth”.  A what?  My mind snapped to this unknown word, and started searching around trying to figure out what she said and what on earth she had been weaving so I didn’t seem so ignorant.  So, stalling […]

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American Maid Sampler Kit

American Maid Sampler Kit

April 28, 2016

American Maid™ Yarns, which we use for our American Maid Sampler Kit, get their color from the cotton plant’s genes rather than from the dyepot.  The yarns made from this lint are unique because the colors get darker over time rather than fading.  Additionally, with a couple tablespoons of baking soda in a sink full of […]

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Tubular Spectrum Circle

New Website!

February 7, 2016

We are so excited to announce our new website is finally ready for viewing.   New Pictures We hope you get a chance to look around at all the new pictures of our kits, yarns and projects that we are involved in. Yes, you can even make them bigger by clicking on the pictures!  See […]

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GO FISH! Reduce Broken Selvage Threads.

February 7, 2016

Broken selvage threads can be a frustration to any weaver.  Especially when you are using soft yarns in the warp to make scarves, or other fabrics. Yarns like Jaggerspun Superfine Merino wool yarn are fabulously soft against your skin, but the fine, soft yarns take a lot of abuse during the weaving process and can break at the selvages. […]

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AVL 12 Color Gamp

Rethreading And Resleying Your Warp

February 7, 2016

If you ever put on a warp and then want to weave that same warp in several different weave structures you may need to resley or rethread your loom. We suggest this technique with our color gamps! Resleying and rethreading are straight forward procedures and fun things to put into your weaving knowledge base. Resleying […]

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Ansel Adams Colorway - Master's Towel Kit

Mercerized Yarn vs Unmercerized Yarn?

February 7, 2016

We are often asked if mercerized or unmercerized yarns are better for towels. Our answer is always a resounding…it depends! Mercerized Yarn Mercerization is a process that makes the yarn smooth, stronger and takes dye better. John Mercer, and English textile chemist, developed the technique in 1844 to improve the dye qualities of cotton yarn.  He […]

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Warping Vertically!

February 7, 2016

Winding warps can be simplified by winding the warp vertically on the warping board. Some of us (i.e. Katzy) have been frustrated in the past with winding long warps and getting to the step of tying the choke ties only to bend down and discover that there is a missed pass on the lower levels […]

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