Category Archives: Weaving

Weaving in Another Language: Vocabulary

I had a Norwegian speaking family where knitting was commonplace and, in fact, never even looked at an knitting pattern in English until I was almost 30 years old.  Now while my wrist heals, weaving has again captured my attention.  … Continue reading

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Weaving for The Cricket

Because of an overindulgence in crocheting granny squares (something I haven’t done since the early 1970s) for this year’s Christmas present for Granddaughter F, I can’t knit right now.  My daughter tried to forbid me to finish the blanket but … Continue reading

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The Cricket

After Granddaughter F completes her second weaving project on the Harrisville Designs Lap Loom A (see previous post), I am moving her to the Cricket (the 15 inch version), a rigid heddle loom by Schacht Spindle Co. As noted on Schacht’s … Continue reading

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Teaching a Child to Weave

A few years ago, I bought the Harrisville Designs 7″ potholder loom and a big bag of cotton loops.  I helped the grandchildren make potholders as holiday gifts for their parents. Recently, Granddaughter F and I found a complete and only gently used Harrisville … Continue reading

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Felting vs. Fulling

What are felting and fulling, and how do they compare? Felting: As Bette Hochberg explains in Fibre Facts, felting “is the traditional method of making non-woven fabric” using unspun sheep wool (e.g., from batts or rovings). Other protein fibers can … Continue reading

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The Importance of Yarn Weight

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a large, well-known yarn store in California. As Thor parked the car, my eyes hungrily drank in the yarns and knit goods hanging in the windows. Stepping into the store, I was impressed … Continue reading

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Holiday Angsts

I have already started knitting and weaving Christmas gifts; birthday gifts I make all through the year. I don’t really even celebrate Christmas, but my daughter and her family as well as many of my dearest friends do. As I’ve … Continue reading

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Quotations for Lovers of Literature & Fiber Arts

For those of us who long ago lost the battle against fiber craft obsession 🙂 , some phrases and words will always speak to us more loudly than they will to others.  It could range from watching the old movie and … Continue reading

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Phrases and Acronyms Appropos for Fiber Craft Lovers

Today my friend Summer and I visited two yarn stores in Elk Grove, California:  Anna’s Yarn Shoppe and Knitique. Both stores had friendly owners who, if needed, were ready to answer questions, make suggestions, or help.  Both stores carried excellent yarns, … Continue reading

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Wimples & Haps

Head coverings of any kind had obvious uses throughout time: protection from the weather – whether it be sun, rain, snow, sleet, or wind. But they also had other significance. For instance, in Europe in the early Middle Ages, it … Continue reading

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