Fusing Thermoplastic Yarns–by Giovanna Imperia

September 2, 2022

What are thermoplastic yarns? While polyester is often classified as a thermoplastic, I tend to separate it from a class of industrial materials where high heat is used to fuse yarns into a solid, stable fabric that retains the original structure (typically woven).  In this category, there are a variety of types of thermoplastic yarns […]

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Plying Lesson: Make Your Fabrics Soar!

August 26, 2022

Fringe can add an extra style element to your garments, handbags, scarves or just about anything that needs a little extra zing!  Plus, when you twist or ply the fringe, the fringe will be more durable and look nice for a long time, even with many washings of your handwoven treasures.  We use plied fringe […]

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Interesting Yarns

June 24, 2022

We had a wonderful time with Giovanna Imperia at her Saturday Seminar on Non-traditional Materials.  She talked about some of the amazing and interesting yarns in our new GevolveYarn Line and we learned SOOOO much.  We hope you did too! Giovanna shared lots of her incredible samples made from some of these unique yarns and […]

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Weaving with Lyte Hemp Yarns

June 10, 2022

We are having so much fun playing with the new Lyte Hemp.  Warps are going on and flying off our looms as we test drive this fabulous new product!  We now know that both the Lyte BOLD and Lyte FINE work beautifully in the warp.  Both are incredibly strong yarns and once the fabrics are […]

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Spring is in the air!

March 25, 2022

Hyacinths, sunshine, birdsong, oh my! Spring is on the way! Let the bright colors evoke the newness of the season, warming up the earth and melting away the gloom of winter. Spring is so full of hope and the promise of things to come!  What shall we weave to bring spring into our lives? Pictured […]

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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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Cotton and Silk…Wow! Wrap yourself in luxury!

July 1, 2021

Soft, light, airy and with a beautiful luster.  And enough fabric to be a soft, elegant cowl.  Just what Lunadette needed for a night out on the town! We have been weaving samples for Tien Chiu’s Discover Gradients Weave Along that will be coming up in August 2021, using 10/2 Tubular Spectrum™ Yarn.  After one set of […]

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Weaving from the Heart

January 29, 2021

Hearts are a wonderful, universal symbol.  They have special significance in our lives as the heart shape is a representation of love and romance.  There are few symbols in our world that have as much universal appeal as the heart. As we zoom toward Valentines day, we were drawn to create a heart using 3/8 […]

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Weave a Shawlette in a Weekend

November 10, 2020

It got cold here in Idaho this past week, and we turned once again to our rigid heddle looms and the 3/8 GreenLine wool yarn.  GreenLine wool is a 100% organic wool yarn dyed with GOTS certified dyes.  The 3/8 size makes for a quick weekend project, and it was just what we needed. Last […]

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What is the Difference Between Worsted and Woolen Spun Yarns?

August 14, 2020

As we start to think about Fall, we are gazing at our lovely wool yarn selection from Jagger Spun.   We received this information from our friends at Jagger Spun, and we wanted to share! What’s the difference between worsted and woolen spun yarns? It’s all in the preparation of the fiber. All Jagger Spun yarns […]

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