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Starting and Stopping Colors in your Color Gamp–Split Plies

November 3, 2021

When you weave a color gamp, you weave weft stripes.  And each time you start or stop weaving with one color and are ready for a new color, you have to deal with the weft ends.  There are several techniques to do deal with all those weft ends, and one of these techniques is to […]

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Shrinking Your Warp: Part 3

May 22, 2020

As we talked about in the first two parts of this shrinking your warp series, some warps are straight forward: the repeat is regular and not too big, plus the stripes or colors are regular or nonexistent.  Easy-peasy to shrink them down. Some drafts are more complicated, but the same tools are all it takes […]

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LOONatic Mug Rugs

November 8, 2019

Michele, the Traveling Lunatic, is spending much of her time in Southern California and getting to know the weaving communities there.  This blog post and Mug Rug pattern comes from her: I am enjoying being part of the Southern California Handweavers Guild.  The energy and creativity of the members is amazing, and mentors and eager […]

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Meet the Master Weavers!

October 29, 2019

We have partnered with weavers who are “Masters of their Craft” to offer you a series creative and clever kits! Our Master Weavers series is an ongoing project with several highly skilled designers that is designed to get your creative juices flowing. Please take the time to learn more about our current masters by clicking […]

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April the Bunny reads

Springtime Hoppenings

April 9, 2019

We are so fortunate to be part of an amazing artistic community of weavers.  Lunatic Fringe Yarn’s latest kit (Hoppy Spring–Bunny and Towels) is the perfect example of weavers/artists feeding one another’s creative fires. After the fun that we had with the Coral Challenge and the Sweetheart Towels, we were thinking of another seasonally themed […]

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Gray Chameleon Scarf

New Chameleon Scarf

November 14, 2016

Weaving a project always leads to plenty of “what if” questions.  After weaving the blue-green Chameleon scarf, we started thinking about what other colorways we could use.  3 strands of 10/2 mercerized cotton yarn holds lots of potential for color combinations. Grays came immediately to mind…gray scarves are classic, and we have some lovely shades of gray. We warped the […]

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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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