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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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January Weaving Challenge: Brook's Bouquet & Weaving with Beads

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January Weaving Challenge: Brook's Bouquet & Weaving with Beads

Weave Along with Deborah Jarchow: Brook's Bouquet Scarf  This month we are excited to team up with Deborah Jarchow to learn all about the hand manipulated technique, Brook's Bouquet!   Brook's Bouquet is a beautiful weave structure that adds dimension and interest to your weaving. This technique is also called lace-weave and is created by wrapping your weft yarn around the warp yarns. It is an open-shed technique, which means it's created when the shed is open.  All you need is yarn and a shuttle to achieve this lacy effect. By combining plain weave and Brook's Bouquet, elliptical shapes are created. You can create this hand manipulated...

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December Weaving Challenge: Weft Dominant Weaving

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December Weaving Challenge: Weft Dominant Weaving

This month we are going to learn about weaving a weft dominant weave structure.   Weft dominant weaving provides a solid, sturdy fabric which is great for weaving placemats, runners, bags and anything that needs to have body and structure. This is easily accomplished by choosing a thinner warp and combining it with a thicker weft. The weft threads will be dominant in the weaving, but we will still see the warp colors showing through. This technique can also be called weft rib-weave.   Our project this month will be using 8/2 cotton in the warp, while the weft consists of Mop Cotton and 8/2 cotton.  Mop Cotton...

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November Weaving Challenge: Houndstooth and More Color Play!

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November Weaving Challenge:  Houndstooth and More Color Play!

Houndstooth and More Color Play! This month we are going to focus on weaving houndstooth with a bit of color play! We had so much fun in October with our "Playing with Color Challenge" that I wasn't quite ready to move on to something completely new. I wanted to bring a new technique to the table, but still have lots of color in our project.  I also wanted to keep things easy, because that's how I like weaving to be.  Easy and quick so that you can relax, have fun, and fit all of your weaving projects into your schedule. With all...

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October Weaving Challenge: Playing with Color

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October Weaving Challenge: Playing with Color

*Trick or Treat Towel Kit* Creating a yarn color palette is exciting but the process can be daunting if you're not sure how to combine colors in weaving.   I have to say that there are no wrong answers when choosing your color palette.  Everyone has their own taste in color and if it looks pleasing to you then I say, go for it! So, with that said, I will continue with some suggestions for success.   Weaving for the season:  I like to call myself a seasonal weaver because I tend to choose colors for my projects by what season we are in.  For example, in...

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