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Butterfly Kisses Towels ~ Why We Love 8/4 Cotton!

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Butterfly Kisses Towels ~ Why We Love 8/4 Cotton!

Butterfly Kisses Towels Why We Love 8/4 Cotton! This month in our Yarn Exploration, we celebrate the versatility of 8/4 Cotton and its ability to elevate weaving projects to new heights of creativity. Choosing 8/4 cotton offers weavers a canvas brimming with potential! Join us as we explore the boundless possibilities of weaving with 8/4 cotton, a beloved staple at Cotton Clouds. Because we love 8/4 cotton so much, we have three different types to choose from! Each with distinct qualities and characteristics, but all wonderful to weave with. 8/4 Cotton Rug Warp is the quintessential workhorse of 8/4 cottons. It has remained a...

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Weaving With Chenille ~ One Thick & Cuddly Scarf

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Weaving With Chenille ~ One Thick & Cuddly Scarf

Experience the joy of chenille weaving!  Soft, luxurious rayon chenille….Have you been afraid to weave with it?  There's no need to be worried when using Cotton Cloud’s high quality, 100% rayon Chenille. By following our suggestions, you can weave a scarf or shawl to be proud of! You may have heard of chenille’s tendency to “worm” or of the difficulty in warping chenille. Not all chenille is the same so be sure you are weaving with a quality chenille you can count on. I'm going to give you the peace of mind with some tips for success. Let's start with warping chenille......

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Crammed Warp Structure

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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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Combining Thick, Thin, and Textured Yarns

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Combining Thick, Thin, and Textured Yarns

"Fiber Fiesta Napkins" With this project we are going to experiment with thick, thin and textured 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 skirt? Knowing...

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Structure Variations: Combining Warp and Weft Floats

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Structure Variations: Combining Warp and Weft Floats

~ Structure Variations ~ Combining Warp and Weft Floats Are you ready for a special treat!  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 weft floats...

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