This blog was written by Sue Willingham. Each year, about this time, I’m preparing the looms in my studio for a three day class that Janet and I call “Towelapalooza”. All ten looms in my studio are pre-warped with ten different drafts, checked, and ready to weave on when folks arrive. Since we have up […]
I’m not a fan of floating selvedges. Moving their weights, separating them from the threaded ends they’re next to, lifting them up to go under or pushing them down to go over – that all detracts from my weaving experience. Anything that slows me down and interrupts my weaving zen irritates me every single time. […]
There are lots of denting charts online (often called reed or sett substitution charts) but in my opinion a chart just doesn’t cut it. For one thing, there are often entries missing. Want to know how to get 22 EPI in a 10 dent reed, or 17 EPI in an 9 dent reed? Good luck […]
There are a lot of fabulous twill drafts out there, but how do you create something that is truly your own? In the past, a weaver would sit down with some graph paper and start sketching. It takes significant time to fill in the threading, tie up and treadling, then fill in a repeat or […]
If your stripes are wide, it makes sense to wind them one color at a time, holding however many ends you prefer to wind at once. But what if you’re mixing colors together thread by thread or very nearly, as in color and weave? You could wind the warp one thread at a time, starting […]
Often, when you weave something, it comes out in reverse: pick by pick, it appears reversed from what you expect. Why does this happen, and how do you fix it?
Namedrafting is a technique for coming up with original designs that’s been around for ages. Learn how it works and meet Janet’s online Namedraft Generator.
Ever wanted to know whether one yarn is bigger than another, or find out if two yarns are the same size?
Learn to judge relative yarn sizes with this quick test.
Are rigid heddle weavers welcome at the Academy? YES!! We have classes specifically for rigid heddle weaving, and many of our other classes work for rigid heddles.
Read on to find out more about our rigid heddle curriculum.