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The Meaning of a Prayer Shawl

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The Meaning of a Prayer Shawl

Peace of My Heart™ Prayer Shawl “The passion you have for weaving is a gift: Treasure it, and honor the gift by exploring it, developing it, expressing it, and sharing it with those around you. Do that, and your love of weaving will be a joy forever.” Sarah Jackson, Sarah Jackson Design Sarah Jackson  Sarah Jackson knew she was a weaver from the first time she saw the beautiful colors of yarn on a loom.  She was a young girl on a camping trip to secluded Northern New Mexico where she happened on Craft House (a weaving cooperative founded by Rachel Brown and...

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Weave a V-shawl by guest blogger Robin Lynde

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Weave a V-shawl by guest blogger Robin Lynde

My tips & hints for weaving a V-Shawl I’m always excited once my V-shawl is  finished, off the loom and unfolded to get my first view of how warp and weft converge to create a unique plaid design, created by this double weave technique. My newest design was just published in the March/April 2012 Handwoven magazine and is available as the Parallel Fushion V-shawl kit woven in Bambu Lace from Cotton Clouds. Once you experience weaving this V-shawl, you’ll be ready to design your own.  Let me share some tips on weaving and then designing your own V-shawl. What is a V-Shawl?  It’s a double weave shawl with a V-shaped...

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Waffle Weave Towels on my Rigid Heddle Loom

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Waffle Weave Towels on my Rigid Heddle Loom

I love weaving on my Rigid Heddle Loom and I love making towels! Stripes, plaid, checkered and now waffle weave! You can’t imagine how excited I was when I realized that waffle weave can be achieved on a 2 shaft loom, using plain weave and just one pick-up stick. Aurora Earth 8/2 cotton is the basic yarn used in these towels.  Two strands are held together to warp 400 ends in a 10 dent reed. I used for the warp Aurora Earth Solid  and Aurora Earth Variegated for the weft. It was amazing to see the textured squares form with an easy pick up stick sequence. Here...

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A Year of Towels Kit-of-Month Club

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A Year of Towels Kit-of-Month Club

A Dream Come True Several years ago  I had the idea of designing twelve towel projects to share with my fellow rigid heddle weavers. I wanted to give them towels that were easy to weave, yet looked professional.  I started with basic plain weave, adding simple stripes to jazz up my towels, then as the ball got rolling, or should I say the shuttles flying, I expanded on simple plain weave with some of the many weave structures that our rigid heddle looms allow. Towels so easy to weave! Weaving towels on my Schacht FLIP Rigid Heddle Loom has always been the most rewarding weaving for...

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