Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weaving Primer



For the past few years, one of the guys at the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat has been leading a workshop introducing guys to the joy of weaving on a rigid heddle loom.  Here are the guys with their completed scarves from a couple years back.



Perfect Publication Follow-Up


I just had the opportunity to review a copy of a new Interweave publication, call Handwoven Home by Liz Gibson.


This book would be a perfect follow-up to a class or workshop on weaving on a rigid heddle loom.  It would be an awesome resource for for reminding a new weaver about how to warp a loom or creating special set-ups for different weaves.  It's also an amazing resource for reminding new weavers on weighting selvedge, or tying off the end of a woven piece or any number of other techniques that may have slid back into the depths of their memory.  It is also an excellent  guide for what types of yarns to use, how to interpret yarn gauges and most of all, it's a treasury of ideas on actual objects to weave.

The rigid heddle weaving workshop at the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat is very popular with the guys, and always fills up quickly, so I've never had the opportunity to participate in that workshop, although I have played around with my rigid heddle loom a little bit in the past.  Reading through this book, weaving is one of those few topics I'd like to learn with a teacher or workshop leader before I tried to self-teach and explore.

One of these years, I'll take a rigid heddle weaving course or workshop and I will buy this book, but for now, I'll give the book away to a random winner who contacts me with interest in owning the book.

If you'd like your own free copy of Handwoven Home, just e-mail or leave a blog comment and I'll select a winner of the book on Friday, June 30th.

Good luck to all those folks interested!

Current Knitting
I finished the last couple of stripes on the latest Color Block Baby Blanket.



I do have a few ends left to weave in, but fortunately, I kept up on weaving in ends throughout the making of the blanket, so I should be able to get this finished in no time.

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