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September Weaving Challenge: Weaving in Plaid

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September Weaving Challenge:  Weaving in Plaid

Weaving plaid is so much fun and it’s a great way to make interesting color effect in your handwoven project.  Let's talk about what plaid patterns can be woven on our rigid heddle looms.  The answer to this is.... all the plaids! Quite simply, it is stripes of colors in the warp that are then repeated in the same sequence in the weft. This is also referred to as “tromp as writ” and is a balanced weave. Plaid can be achieved with any number of colors and can also be woven in any sequence. A good way to plan out your warp order is to make a wrap...

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August Weaving Challenge: Weaving Texture on Your Rigid Heddle Loom

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August Weaving Challenge:  Weaving Texture on Your Rigid Heddle Loom

Are you ready for another weaving challenge?!  Sweet as Pie Towel Kit Through the month of August, we challenge you to weave texture on your rigid heddle looms! Our log cabin weaving challenge was so much fun that we are thrilled to announce another way to explore more possibilities for your rigid heddle loom! We all agree that plain weave can be an exciting weave structure in itself, but wouldn't it be fun to weave texture like we see being accomplished on shaft looms? With this challenge we are going to go a step further, increasing our skill and our loom’s capabilities. Let's start by thinking...

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Weaving for the Holidays

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Weaving for the Holidays

 Stress-Free Weaving for the Holidays  We all love weaving, but making handmade gifts for all of our family, friends and co-workers can get a little stressful around the holidays! Giving handmade gifts bring so much joy to the giver and receiver and is always worth the extra time put into creating something from your passion for weaving.   Isn't it exciting just thinking about a loved one opening a gift that you spent so many hours on, and then to see their smile when their gift is revealed?  I'm a true believer that giving a hand-made gift can truly express how much you care,...

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July Weaving Challenge: Log Cabin

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July Weaving Challenge: Log Cabin

July Weaving Challenge: Log Cabin This challenge is the perfect way to beat the summer heat.  If you're like me and enjoy summer but get to the point where it's just too darn hot out there to survive, then we have a fun weaving challenge to share! We guarantee that this challenge will get you excited about weaving on your rigid heddle loom! What is log cabin?  Log cabin is a specific kind of color-and-weave effect that involves two or more colors.  The horizontal (warp yarns) and vertical (weft yarns) are what produce this weave structure.   There seems to be so much more going...

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Weaving Log Cabin ~ It's Easier Than It Looks!

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Weaving Log Cabin ~ It's Easier Than It Looks!

Let's Weave Log Cabin! I love weaving log cabin on my rigid heddle loom because it's so easy and rewarding to see such an intricate pattern appear right before my eyes.   Log-cabin is a color and weave technique; the pattern looks complicated, but it is not!  It is just a two-shaft plain weave that produces areas of smart vertical and horizontal pinstripes. You can think of weaving log cabin in two blocks.  "Block A" will be warped light, dark, light, dark while "Block B" will be warped dark, light, dark, light. Then once you have your loom warped by repeating these two blocks,...

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