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The wait is over! Ply - The Magazine for Handspinners - Fine Summer 2015 Issue 9 is hot off the press, here at the shop and ready to ship to you. If you’ve read our previous posts about Ply – The Magazine for Handspinners you know we’re big fans and it’s obvious our customers are too. It is such a quality magazine, in all ways. If you’re a hand spinner and you’ve not seen an issue, you’re missing out.

As many of you know, each issue has a theme and the Summer 2015 theme is “fine”. It is packed full of tips, tricks and techniques to help you achieve beautifully spun thin yarn. Learn how to adjust your wheel for the finest thread and different drafting techniques to help you produce just the yarn you envision. How do different fibers and different fiber preparations influence your handspun yarn? The experienced spinners and writers of PLY are a wealth of information, so pick up a copy and start learning today.

Whether you’re a passionate spinner, new to the craft or simply intrigued by this age old craft, you’ll love PLY – The Magazine for Handspinners. Don’t forget we stock back issues too!

 

 

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They’re back! Bamboo fabric hangers are back and they are better than ever! We are restocked in both the K and D styles and all three sizes of each-small, medium and large. The best part is these new hangers actually open up so you can change out your beautiful pieces with ease. So worth the wait!

 

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new-hand-felter

The beautifully handcrafted Solid Wood Palm Washboard is an innovative tool that simplifies the felting process. You’ll felt quicker and with less effort… double bonus! The 5″ circular base has a grooved surface resembling a waffle with an easy to grasp raised circular handle. The design allows you to apply just the right amount of pressure without the stress on your fingers or wrists. Use in circular motion to make the fibers bond.

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Having tested it out I can attest to the ease of use. The large rounded handle is easy to grasp and so much gentler on my wrist when compared to the alternative of applying pressure to bubble wrap with only my hands (such an awkward angle). I highly recommend it, especially to those of you who battle with arthritis in your hands. Demos I’ve viewed show a fairly aggressive approach right from the start. I prefer a slower process in which the pressure and vigor with which I rub is gradually increased. Experiment and see what works best for you. Use it instead of rolling, at certain stages or target a specific area. It’s also so effective in the fulling stage. Regardless of how you use it, it’s a fantastic tool you’ll love having in your felting supplies.

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Alpaca Prima yarn is marked down to just $10.80 per skein!  That’s 363 yards of 100% alpaca and endless possibilities.  Order early as quantities are limited, even better, call in your order at 1-800-341-0282.  Clearance items are not returnable.

 

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Here are a few suggested patterns:  Shawlette (requires 2 skeins), Alpaca Prima Shawl (requires 3 skeins) and Alpaca Prima Lace Poncho (requires 3 skeins).

 

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Well, there is much to envy in this news report. First, we’d missed international “yarn bomb day”. Then, Redcar, a city in the UK, has TWO knitting groups that participated, and they both have awesome names and do awesome work: Kudos to the Redcar Yarn Ninjas and the Redcar Yarn Fairies. Finally, there was mystery disappearance, theft if you will, of one knit lifeboatman.  In friendly UK fashion, the lifeboatman was returned unharmed! Be sure to check out the gallery of images – the knit sea creatures (jellies!) are delightful.

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Have you tried the luxurious 100% mink fiber of [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] ?  There’s no time like the present with some of the colors on clearance!  This yarn is a shop (and customer) favorite and we’re making room for new colors.  Discontinued colors are marked down 30% to $16.80 while they last! 

 

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Two skeins is all it takes for this beautiful cowl: Swans Island Cirrus Cowl or download Swans Island Cirrus Cowl - Pattern Download. Three skeins is all it takes for the Heirloom Wrap: Heirloom Lace Cashmere Wrap or download Heirloom Lace Cashmere Wrap - Pattern Download

 

As always, quantities on closeouts are limited – we recommend phoning in your order at 1-800-341-0282, 9am – 6pm EST. No back orders or returns.

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playing with blocks waffle-weave towels

Ready to take your rigid heddle loom to the next level? The Handwoven May/June 2015 - Issue 175 has just the pattern to get you there. Playing with Blocks Waffle Weave Towels by Jodi Ybarra will have you looking at your rigid heddle in a whole new light and have you totally energized as you explore color and texture. With the simple aid of a pick-up stick your light weight, portable rigid heddle will become a powerhouse piece of equipment capable of creating textured weaves. Just think of the possibilities.

We love the 3 colors of similar value Jodi chose for the towels Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn color 051 (3MintGreen), Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn color 053 (68Duck) and Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn color 052 (48EmpireBlue) but with the vast number of color choices in Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn we couldn’t resist coming up with some of our own color combinations. With just 2 mini cones of each color you’ll be able to efficiently and economically weave these beautiful towels. So go ahead and click through on the color combination you like best, you can “one click” add the whole project (including magazine) to your cart, or add individual colors as needed:

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Because the pattern requires you to have two working warp threads in each slot and hole you might find Sapele Double Wool Tree with Guide Arm SALE! - Walnut Double Wool Tree with Guide Arm or  Leclerc Doubling Stand a useful tool when warping.

 

For anyone in the area – or passing through – we have a number of rigid heddle classes planned, with the next one in August (a great time to visit Maine!). Equipment you’ll need: rigid heddle loom with 22″ weaving width, 12 dent reed, 3 shuttles and 1 pick-up stick.

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Needle felting photos

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So, perhaps others have seen this before – but it popped up on our radar and seemed like an easy, fun, whimsical way to spend a rainy afternoon (we’ve had our fair share of rain in Maine this spring!). Might need a set of 2 ea - 3 and 8 barb 32 gauge felting needles., and perhaps take a gander at a ton of great felting fibers.


Tapestry weaving is so hot right now!

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Well, apparently it is in Toronto according to this thoughtful article…  and Brooklyn where Maryanne Moodie is based, she has 60,000 Instagram followers… And in the UK and Scandanavia as well, according to the Telegraph. Which is very very cool. While holding steady, we haven’t really seen a surge in tapestry interest locally, but are hoping this trend will spread – because tapestry is so wonderfully flexible and creative! It sometimes takes a few years for Maine to catch up with the “latest trends” anyway, hehe! Share with us if you’re having fun with tapestries. Hmmm… thinking I might need a tapestry loom or frame loom?

 

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