Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

It’s the Journey Not the Destination

Somewhere in the middle of sewing labels onto silk squares, drudge transforms into art and I discover the joy in doing the best I can—not thinking about “this is going to take me forever!”

By the way, the black “thing” in the picture below is the black sewing thread I … Continue Reading…

Also posted in In the Studio, Recycled Cashmere, Weaving Philosophy

How I Fix a Broken Warp Thread


I take one of my handy dandy film cans left over from my kumihimo days, add coins to equal about 80 g., wrap a warp end around can, anchor with slip knot.


I pull one half of the broken end towards the woven part (below) and the other half towards … Continue Reading…

The Power of Weaving


When I ask weavers what they don’t like about weaving, most tell me the thing they like the least is making a mistake. (actually many say they don’t like dressing the loom, but that is another story) When I accidentally cut one of my warp ends while weaving today, I … Continue Reading…

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Woundrous Blanky Wash and Block

I held my breath and tossed it into the washing machine (after the tub had filled with water). I learned a bitter lesson having the water spill directly onto the fabric. I did one gentle cycle on cold and two rinse cycles (gentle cold) for a 25% shrinkage.

And here … Continue Reading…

Also posted in Color Horoscope Weaving, Photo Archives, Turned Weft Ikat

Woundrous Blanky Comes Together

No, that is not a tiny harpoon, it is actually a needle. The reflection of the metal from the camera flash distorted the needle shape.

Joining Tips: With most fibers, I find it best to join before washing. The big exception is chenille, but that is a story for another … Continue Reading…

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Woundrous Blanky on the Loom Five Times

Panel #1
Panel #2
Panel #3
Panel #4
Panel #5

My biggest concern was that the ikat would overwhelm the horoscope panels.

And, yes, I hand wind all of my shuttles. I always have. Since I weave with multiple strands of weft, I find it easy to control the tensions … Continue Reading…

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Out of the Washer and into the Dryer


Above: before laundering—Below: after laundering


I don’t usually measure, so this was interesting for me. The Many Shades of Hope
just off the loom measured 28″ wide x 146″ long. After washing in cold water on gentle, it measured 27″ wide x 138″ long. Just out of the dryer (delicate, … Continue Reading…

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