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October 2020 Newsletter
Out West Shawl
Designed and woven by Sara Goldenberg
We love it when something looks complicated but turns out to be quite easy. Such is the case with the Out West Shawl, designed by Sara Goldenberg for Simple Woven Garments (Goldenberg and Patrick). This piece requires two warps, one for the body woven in mock waffle weave and a second, narrow warp woven in plainweave. It’s a breeze to weave and a delight to wear, especially as cool weather approaches.
We wove this variation in luscious Silk City yarns on a Flip rigid heddle loom. You can also weave on a Wolf Pup or Baby Wolf; for floor looms, add an extra 24″ to the length of both warps.
Silk City Fibers
Thank you to Silk City Fibers for collaborating with us on this project. We loved working with these yarns and are so delighted with the resulting shawl, luxurious in its look and feel . You might know Silk City Fibers for their collection of weaving yarns, such as their 100% rayon chenille, Nature’s Way 2/30 merino, 5/2 Perle cotton, Bambu and Cotton Bambu yarns. Find their yarns at your favorite LYS or order direct from the Silk City Fibers website at www.silkcityfibers.com
In January 2019, Silk City Fibers became a part of Orchard Yarn & Thread Company, Inc., known by consumers as Lion Brand Yarn Company. Lion Brand Yarn, a fifth-generation family-owned and -operated business, has been developing yarns for hand-knitting and crochet for over 140 years. Silk City Fibers has been producing and distributing high quality and luxury coned yarns for over 40 years.
By Rebecca Mezoff
Availale in November 2020! This book comes at the perfect time, as more and more weavers delve into tapestry weaving. Rebecca covers all those things you really want to know: choosing yarns, mastering different warping techniques, setting up a tapestry. Best of all, she explores a variety of techniques and explains why you want to choose one over another. The illustrations are plentiful and the instructions superb. You can really, truly learn to weave tapestry from this book or use it as a textbook for one of Rebecca’s excellent online tapestry courses.
Storey Publishing. $35.00 320 pages
By Mary Zicafoose
It’s about time the weaving world has a resource—and such an excellent one at that—on ikat weaving. Author Mary Zicafoose has been exploring the ancient technique of ikat for over 40 years. She brings her wealth of knowledge, artistry, and teaching experience to create a book that is both educational and inspirational. The book includes essays about ikat traditions around the globe; detailed notes on tools, equipment, and materials; and full instructions for tying and dyeing yarn for weaving ikat. The projects chapter provides a step-by-step study guide for ikat techniques. You may never have thought you wanted to be an ikat weaver, but once you delve into this volume, you’re bound to become one.
Interweave Press. $29.99 160 pages
Edited by Linda Ligon
This lovely volume, beautiful in word and design, explores a wide spectrum of textile techniques, materials, and the people who make them. All are united by sensitive storytelling and images that make you just want to pause and take a breath. While The Long Thread is informative, it also offers a respite that makes you feel thankful to have textiles in your life.
Long Thread Media. $19.99 88 pages
Spinning & Weaving Week
Thanks so much for joining us last week! We had an absolute blast celebrating our community.
In case you missed any of our events, here’s where to find them!
Pillow Sampler Weave-along
Beyond Your Default Spin-along
You can also watch the tour on Instagram!
Rock Star Interviews
Find them all on YouTube!