This has been a year full of weaving. Well, not entirely all weaving, but enough to be happy about how the last 12 months went (though we always wish for more time to weave). Like so many others this time of year, we love to look back and reflect on the year’s many highlights.
This year brought the launch of our sister site LittleLooms.com, five issues of Handwoven, and over 100 articles on our website. Many of these web articles were brand-new, while others were older gems we rediscovered and freshened up. Out of all those articles, some favorites rose to the top. Though they are all worth a second look, we’ll let you decide which of these top 10 posts are your favorites.
10. Fun with Finnweave
Finnweave is a variation of doubleweave pick-up that uses pairs rather than single threads in the warp and weft. Once you get the hang of it, finnweave is quicker to weave than doubleweave pick-up. Give it a try!
9. Better Ways of Twisting Fringe
This article covers all things fringe, including how to use a fringe twister. While twisting by hand is also possible, a fringe twister will save you time and produce more evenly twisted fringe. Read the article.
8. A Shawl to Dye For!
Why not give dyeing your own warps a try? Dyeing warps can be a little messy, and it takes some time to learn the process, but by the end of this article, you will see it isn’t quite as overwhelming as you might think. Read the article.
7. Wavy Weaving
Interested in using a wave stick or wavy beater but don’t know where to start? Liz Evans breaks down her wavy weaving strategies and discusses the four types of patterns she tends to use. Read the article.
6. Tensioning “Lazy” Warp Ends
Even the best of weavers have the occasional slack warp end. No matter how disciplined you might be in winding your warp, dressing your loom, and tying on, one of those sneaky warp ends can sneak out of tension when you least expect it. Here are some tips on fixing them. Read the article.
5. What Is Indigo and Why Is It in the Color Wheel?
This informative post goes into the history of indigo dye and why its inclusion in the color wheel is so controversial. Originally posted years ago, the updated version of the post includes some great images of indigo-dyed fabric. Read the article.
4. How to Wind a Bobbin for Smoother Weaving
Rather than winding your weft so that it lines up on your bobbin, crisscross the weft so it won’t catch on itself as your shuttle goes through the shed.
As soon as Susan came up with the idea for this video, we knew we had to do it. Winding a bobbin can seem like a fairly obvious task, but there are nuances about how you do it that will make your weaving go more smoothly. Watch the video for Susan’s tips.
3. Black Cat Towels
Animals have been a favorite muse for many years, and these towels were an instant favorite. This 12-shaft project is fun in the original Halloween colors, but you could swap for just about any other combination and make these fit in any house year-round. Learn more.
2. Five Free Handwoven Towels and Placemats
Towels and placemats are always a favorite, so it’s no surprise that this free collection of projects was in the top 10. From huck lace to stripes, these 4-shaft designs are great for weavers at any level. Get easy access to this free eBook in the library, or read more about it.
1. Types of Weaving Looms
We revisited this long-time favorite and gave it a full review and refresh, including new images to accompany each loom. The article aims to showcase a variety of loom types and also offers some advice on shopping for a loom. Read the article.