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#19 Daisy Hill Weaving Studio

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Here's a blog with DEPTH!

Loaded with info about weaving... but don't miss the teddy bear stories. "Hamish" is a teddy bear in his own right, but there's more to the story.
Plan to spend some time on this site from Jenny Bellairs from near Charlevoix Michigan

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

#18 Sotis Cloth Revisited

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You'll remember a few posts back, that Dorothy is currently weaving Sotis cloth based on Kay Faulkner's adaptation of a West Timor backstrap-woven fabric.

As it turns out, Katie Swanson, who writes the Twisp of Fate blog, attended one of Kay Faulkner's 3 day workshops at the NW Weaver's conference in Bellingham WA.

Here's a link to Katie's experience at the 3 day workshop, plus her 3 half-day seminars with Kay Faulkner.

Now, in case Katie has added another post since we posted this link, you'll be able to find it at June 24 on her blog.

Enjoy! Thanks to Ryoko for this link!

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#17 Color Theory & Recycling link

We think you'll like today's issue of Interweave's Weaving Today

Here's the backstory by Rebecca Fox for her article "Shades, Tints and Tones." It's about color theory... linked to her recycling of partially filled bobbins from her "fellow fiberholics." ( Rebecca keeps a 22inch folding loom at the beach!)

Below is a teaser screenshot. When you to get to the page, you'll also find a list of FREE Ebooks. Such a deal!

The link is

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their blog.

#16 Sampling Anne Dixon's Book

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When Anne Dixon's The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory  came out, Dorothy decided to sample-weave as many of the patterns as possible. Here's her result!


Dixon's book is a thorough compilation of many kinds of pick-up weaves that can all be done on an inkle loom. Ours were all done on Ashford's  compact Inklette loom.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#15 Ryoko Fashions

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Yesterday was a local guild meeting, and Ryoko brought some beautiful items:

First, a felt brooch with Kumihimo braid at the center. 

We showed Ryoko in our May 17th post, making braid on a Maurodai stand… but this braid was made on a much simpler cardboard disc, popularized by the Braid, called a "Fill the Gap" braiding disc. Based on principles of straw plaiting from the 1700s on, Braid Society members have produced a simple method of braiding without a stand.

With careful selection of yarns and careful attention, Ryoko has shown that even  a spiral-patterned braid can be achieved with this simple Fill-the-Gap disc.

Her example is below…


Ryoko also made a lovely example of the Theo Moorman Technique with this scarf.

Her adaptation uses a novelty yarn she bought at a yarn shop "garage sale" which has tiny satin "flags." As Ryoko says, "This is EASY Theo Moorman!

Finally… Ryoko found another gem at the yarn shop sale. A little kit priced originally at 13 bucks, which went for 1 or 2 bucks. No indication of what the kit was for, but it had some spools of matching-dyed yarn, so for that price she couldn't let it languish un-loved. Here is the result, as a scarf!

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#14 Peggy Osterkamp in Japan

Many of you may recognize Peggy Osterkamp from her weaving books like Weaving for Beginers.
She and Yoshiko Wada went on a textile trip to Japan, beginning May 13, 2013. 

As Peggy says in the first post on her blog: "Just textiles! No shrines, gardens, just textiles and wonderful food and Japanese inns!"

She has devoted the blog link, below, to covering her whole experience. Here's just one tantalizing screenshot.
You'll be entranced!

We've started you at the first post, which is at the bottom of the series, so when you are on her blog, click on Next... to proceed to the next newer post of the series.

Here it is!

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

#13 Sotis Cloth

Dorothy has been experimenting with this 4-shaft adaptation of a backstrap structure, by weaver Kay Faulkner, featured in an article in Handwoven Mar/Apr 2013 pg 30-31.

The weave is called "Sotis"

It's very interesting. Unless you actually weave this adaptation you can't really analyze how clever it is!

The Handwoven article gives the draft and instructions. 

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And...For more of the background of Faulkner's trip to Indonesia and her many, many, great pics of the weaving she saw, and the culture she experienced, visit Faulkner's post from Jul.10.2010

GREAT Blog from Kay Faulkner!    Enjoy!

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#12 The Weavers of India

This photo-article from The Atlantic is subtitled: A new type of social venture allows rural artisans to make rugs at home for export to foreign markets.

We think you'll enjoy  it!  

Here's the link -

rugs of India

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from their website.

#11 The Spinning Wheel (and Loom) Sleuth

A neat source of information about the history of spinning wheels is the Spinning Wheel Sleuth. 

It also has a companion The Hand Looms Supplement.

If you have an old spinning wheel, or old loom, and are interested in their histories, (or are just interested in the many versions of spinning wheels and looms that peolple have devised over the years) this is the newsletter for you!

Click on the thumbnail below

Spin-loom sleuth

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her website.

#10 Surprise in an Old Girl Scout Handbook

While sorting thru some old books recently, we came across Dorothy's Girl Scout Handbook from 1947. Thumbing thru it we were amazed at all the complete, practical information it contained.

Then we turned to the "Proficiency Badges" section and found this on pg. 380:


"To earn this badge, do eight of these (21) activities. The three starred activities are required.

* Weave a piece of material on any type of loom available.

* Make and thread a simple loom.

* Know how to dye materials for weaving; how to make natural dyes; how to use commercial dyes."

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The remaining 18 activities from which the scout was to do, five included: follow  directions for pattern weaving on a four shaft loom, design and finger weave a piece, weave a piece of material in simple stripes.

Other choices included: spin some yarn, beam a warp, repair a warp thread, learn the meaning of loom, heddle, beater, treadle, reed, beam. warp, weft, pattern, rug, tapestry, and finger weaving.

The list goes on to include assembling an exhibit of hand weaving such as an early American bedspread, linen runners, tapestries, and more.

The girls using that handbook and earning that badge were probably 10-12 years old.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#09 Our Strap and Band Looms

Here are three of the several looms we use for making straps and bands. They each have their own advantages and drawbacks.

L-R: Ashford Inklette, Gilmore Miniwave and a homemade traditional Inkle loom

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

#08 Daryl's Blog

Here's a blog post we found very interesting. While it is based on the loss of a famous weaver, it  concludes with some good thoughts about passing on " what it means to (children) to make something with their hands."...

Click on the thumbnail, below


-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot-thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

© Dorothy & Ron Baker 2013