Tip of the Week: Splitting Threads

Cottage Chick Knits

This week’s post is anything but philosophical, but before I get into it, I would like to give credit where credit is due. The clever Meredith, of These Hands of Mine, first introduced me to the technique I’m about to show you.

Of course, we all hate it when we accidentally split our yarn while knitting, and this should be avoided as much as possible. There is one specific situation, however, in which splitting yarn is actually useful and desirable, and that involves weaving in ends.

I must admit, I was a bit smug in the end-weaving department (I usually use a duplicate stitch to weave), until I realized that none of my creations to date had been made for children or heavy laundering. Clearly, something sturdy is needed to withstand the rigors of life with certain recipients, but what might that something be? Enter the split thread.

The split…

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Happy Scarf Part 2

Colouring With Yarn

As I looked at the Happy Scarf, I was thinking that I should make another one, but this time wider and longer.  And since there was no pressure to finish the scarf within the allotted class time, I could take my time to practise weaving.

So I took out all the colours, and added in the others that I didn’t use before, and started to warp the loom.  I yarndidn’t really have a pattern in mind, just to warp randomly with a vague idea on the colour repetitions and checkered boxes.  Soon after I started, I realized that if I wanted to use all colours, I would need to use only a few repetitions of the same colour, or I would run out of space.  Satisfied with my final warp, I continued on and tied the ends to the apron rods.  I used the same yarn and colours for…

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Exciting Times!!

So, after six and a half years, R Ewe Spinning is moving to a new location!  Our excitement is overflowing!  While we love our little “starter shop” and all the people who have been SO VERY supportive, we need more space for products and the ability to offer classes and events on our own schedule. 

Look forward to continuing news of the move, the promos, and the RIBBON CUTTING — tentatively scheduled for mid-July!
Meanwhile, happy spinning and weaving!

Please do your part in keeping the arts alive!



A New Spinner is Born!

Having a yarn and fiber shop is always fun and exciting, but, sometimes, I just can’t contain the thrill of a new fiber artist!

Christy is our newest spinner — born just a couple of months ago! She first came into the Shop to check it out. The lure of the spinning wheel was just too much — you know how those fiber gods work!

She fell in love with spinning, ordered her own wheel, and WOW! Christy was made to spin!!



2015 – Day 12: My Passion for Weaving, and The One of the Best Resources I’ve Yet Encountered

New Rigid Heddle Weaving Book for 2015

Creative Weaving

Book FRONTcoverfor blog

Here at last is our third book on rigid heddle weaving which we hope you are all going to love as much as we do.  We certainly have had a great deal of fun writing the book, weaving the fabrics, making up the garments and getting our family to model them.

CLICK on the PICTURE to see more of the garments inside

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Weaving Hooks and Eyes

Fort Pelham Farm

150113 Hooks and Eyes(2)

The last time I posted about this particular project I had left it wondering what the heck I was doing wrong because the pattern wasn’t looking quite like the draft.  My weaving instructor looked at it (under the cloak of darkness) and emailed me that I had been treadling it wrong.  I was close but not quite right.

The structure for this project comes from a back issue of Weaver’s Craft – Issue 11 Vol. 3, No. 1 Spring 2002.  I’ve added a link for my weaving friends because so many people asked me to explain it.  Honestly, I’m not deep enough into the project to do so.  I had an aha moment while I was weaving the other day (and doing it properly).  I realized when throwing the white shuttle that I was weaving the same pattern on the back side.  How cool is that?

150113 Hooks and Eyes(3)

I love the…

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