Saturday, December 21, 2019

Weaving info

Weaving info

If you have a small loom similar to one of the looms I sell or a Hokett loom or other small loom, here's a page with some info links and youtube videos for weaving, mostly tapestry:

Rebecca Mezoff's online classes: Rebecca's online classes
A good one to start with is her Little Looms course, but they're all good.

Here's a youtube of how to warp a Hokett loom

There's a tapestry weaving group on Ravelry and there are other groups that may discuss tapestry weaving, 
and several on Facebook... any other groups/links, please let me know in comments.

Book list:

Kathe Todd-Hooker, Tapestry 101.
 to see a sampler I wove by following Kathe's book, go here: 
   to follow progress, go to the October page and start at the bottom and work up... 
   the finished photo is here:
Kirsten Glasbrook, Tapestry Weaving

Nancy Harvey, Tapestry Weaving

Carol Russell, Tapestry Handbook
A quick tutorial can be found in Threads Magazine #41. You can find them on eBay, or you can join for $5.99/month (as of December 2019), to see and download the archived article.. there's a 14 day trial and you can find it here.

There may be other tapestry weaving articles, but the one in Threads #41 is what got me started. I even made the loom in that article several years ago! I no longer have it, so no photos of mine exist.

Rebecca Mezoff has a book on Tapestry basics, you can find it here. From her website: "It is not a comprehensive technique book (that is coming later). It is an adorable and fun look at a few tapestry tips.  The illustrations are so great, you might want one for the children in your life."

There's a book list on the Tapestry Weaving forum on Ravelry as well, but the above are my favorites.

If you have any suggestions for anything I should add (or change) from the able, let me know!

Friday, November 15, 2019

New Looms are HERE!! Knitting socks... and figuring out which heel I like!

For those who are waiting: new looms are here. I will start shipping Monday.

Sock Heel Issues

I've got 2 pairs of socks on the needles. I'm ready to do the heels on one pair, but before following the instructions for the Sherman heel written in the pattern "Tintern Abbey", I wanted to try the heel out first, and a couple of other heels... I've got one Sherman heel on the needles & since the instructions in the pattern are set up for DPNs, I'm having to convert the instructions to use with Magic Loop...

This turquoise piece is a trial of the Sherman heel. So far only the gusset is done and ready for the heel turn, but I'm having trouble with the instructions...I think I need to do the heel turn on half the stitches, but will watch some YouTube videos first.

A Neat Fix for Loose Warps:

The other day, I was weaving in one of my bookmark Arch looms, and the warp got loose, so I threaded some Seine twine through the loops in the back and that fixed the problem! I'm pleased as punch with this solution!

This size is not yet on the website, but if there's any interest, let me know and I'll get you one or more. They come in 5 and 8 dent like the other arches. Weaving width is about 2", length is 7-8".. the postcard loom is 4" by 6-7".

Thursday, May 30, 2019


I've been playing with my arched looms:

The piece on the left is experimenting to see if my 2 ply wool warp yarn would work with Waverly yarn using all 3 strands. It works alright, but I think 2 strands might be better. I'm playing with weaving from the back...that's why there are so many strands sticking out.

The piece on the left is yarn that I handpainted YEARS ago... tapestry doesn't need to be done on any specific colored yarn because the weft is supposed to totally cover the warp. I decided I wanted to try using the same yarn for warp & weft thinking I would try doing wedge weave as a plain weave,but it didn't want to work. I'll just press on until I run out of warp & then I may try doing the same thing again with proper warp yarn with this weft.

I'd love to find a wedge weave class so I can learn more about this technique. I was really hoping to be able to take a class in Rio Grande tapestry weaving at Estes Park next week, but that didn't work out.

I have some new products that will be on the website sometime in June: new forks, some straight handled, some curved handled, an arch loom that would make a nice sized bookmark.They're around
3-1/2" by 7". It might be fun to weave words on it!

Monday, February 4, 2019

A recipe for baked oatmeal

here ya go!
What I like may be different from what you like, so please don’t look at this as a “be all end all must follow exactly” kinda recipe, it’s not. I did what I always do, started with something for a base, then experimented and made changes until it was what I wanted - for example, the original recipe I got had a TON of sugar in it, so I experimented with healthier ingredients until I found what worked for me.

Mix and match your spicing – mine is drastically different from what the original called for.
I added the apples in addition to the craisins called for because I like them – take them out or add a different fruit – make it your own! You can just eat it warm, or with a bit of milk drizzled on it. A certain man in my house likes to eat it cold from the refrigerator – cuts a square, and heads out the door for work. (I confess to having tried it that way too - not bad, but I prefer it warm.)

Dani Arnold’s Baked Oatmeal

Minutes to Prepare: 10 Minutes to Cook: 40

3 cups rolled oats - NOT instant or quick oats!
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Freshly ground nutmeg to taste (I'm a huge fan of nutmeg so I use quite a bit)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk of choice (plant for vegans!)
½ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
2 pink lady or granny smith apples, peeled and chopped (or pears! or both! whatever you want)
nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350

Mix dry ingredients, and then mix in the wet ones.
Stir until blended, and then stir in the craisins, apples, and nuts (if desired)
Put mixture into a 9 x 13 baking pan, and bake for 40 minutes.
Refrigerate to store when cool (if it lasts that long)
Number of Servings: 8