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June Weaving Challenge - Crammed Warp Structure

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June Weaving Challenge - Crammed Warp Structure

Summer Celebration Placemats ~ Crammed Warp Structure~  This month we are going to learn about weaving with a crammed warp.   A crammed warp is simply adding more warp threads in certain areas in the reed.  The areas that are "crammed" with more threads will be raised or thicker and add a dynamic effect. This can be subtle or strong depending on the weight of the yarns and the number of threads warped. Crammed weaving is a technique that uses different ends per inch in the same weaving. This will create little ridges that are higher in some areas creating a touch of interest to your...

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May Weaving Challenge ~ Combining Thick, Thin, and Textured Yarns

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May Weaving Challenge ~ Combining Thick, Thin, and Textured Yarns

May Weaving Challenge "Fiber Fiesta Napkins" This month we are going to experiment with thick and thin yarns. By combining different thicknesses of yarn and textures you can create unique, textured fabrics without complicated stitch patterns.   There are a few things to consider when mixing yarns. Choosing colors that coordinate and fiber content are some factors that you should consider. I like to start by deciding on what I'll be making and what the items will be used for.  This helps with choosing the types of yarns to use. Will you be weaving towels, placemats, totes or maybe even a cute top or...

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April Weaving Challenge: Structure Variations ~ Combining Warp and Weft Floats

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April Weaving Challenge:  Structure Variations ~ Combining Warp and Weft Floats

~ Structure Variations ~ Combining Warp and Weft Floats Are you ready for a special treat this month!  We have a weaving project that will give you the opportunity to experience structure variations, creating waffle weave on our rigid heddle looms.  This project is featured in Deborah Jarchow's newest book, Rigid Heddle Weaving Basics & Beyond.  Be sure to order your very own copy if you aren't already enjoying this book. Waffle weave is a 3-dimensional weaving pattern that is usually woven on multi-shaft looms. We can also accomplish this same weave structure on our rigid heddle looms by using pick-up sticks.  With warp and...

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March Weaving Challenge: So Many Possibilities!

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March Weaving Challenge:  So Many Possibilities!

Amazing Colorways Fingertip Towels  Are you ready for a funtastic weaving adventure?  Get ready to be wowed as we explore color and weave at its finest!   Amazing Colorways Fingertip Towels in Black Cloud   We will start with a striped warp and then take off from there by weaving four different towels on this one warp.  There are so many color possibilities! From this one warp you can achieve so many different patterns that have a resemblance to each other but are also quite unique.  By using colors in different weft sequences, you can create many different color-and-weave effects.   This month's project is...

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February Weaving Challenge: Three Times the Fun!

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February Weaving Challenge:  Three Times the Fun!

Three Times the Fun! This month's challenge will be creating a Houndstooth weave structure with three colors in the warp and weft.  Our "Three Times the Fun" Towels are the perfect opportunity to expand your weaving skills and create a beautiful pattern that will not only be fun but will be easier than you might think. We touched base with houndstooth back in November with our Houndstooth & Color Play Towels where we created the Houndstooth design using two shuttles as we weave.  We learned how easy it is to achieve such an interesting design while still weaving in just plain...

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