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Easy Weaving with Little Looms a Special Issue of Handwoven 2016, has just arrived! It’s a terrific compilation of instructions, advice, projects and profiles all dedicated to working on small looms. With 28 projects for rigid heddle, pin looms and tapestry looms, there’s a little something for everyone in this big world of little looms. The benefits of weaving are numerous and little looms are perfect for getting started with weaving. Little looms also have great potential for creative and intricate designs to keep the more advanced weaver intrigued.

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Within the pages of this special issue you’ll find basic instructions on how to get started, rigid heddle projects for plain weave, and more advanced techniques like Theo Moorman inlay, weaving with 2 heddles, and pick up. The pin loom section is also inspiring! Who knew pin loom shapes could be converted into bags, home decor and wearable accessories. Creative expression abounds with wall hangings woven on the tapestry loom. Step by step instructions are included to help you make your own masterpiece.

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This special issue showcases why little looms are ever more popular. So whether you’re a budding new weaver, or a more experienced weaver relishing the portability of little looms, pick up a copy today.

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Multiple yarn lines have been reduced by 40% during Spring Clearance Sale!  We’re making room for new yarns so these have got to go.  As with all closeout items there are no returns, backorders or additional discounts.  We recommend calling in your order (1-800-341-0282) as quantities are limited and these items will go FAST!

Louisa Harding Noema:

 

Romney Ridge Farm Blend:

 

Noro Obi:

 

Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn:

 

Ella Rae Lace:

 

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Gatsby from Katia:

 

Noro Kibou:

 

Super Bulky Wool Yarn:

 

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Scanning the news this week, couldn’t help but notice the juxtaposition of two weaving adventures: First, there was the high tech color-changing threads (watch the awesome video here) that are part of a research project at UC Berkely in conjunction with the Google funded Jacquard Project. (We should mention that the Jaquard Project is interesting in it’s own right!) Then, the simple but imagination-inspiring story of one Nepalese journalist who spent days venturing far, far afield in Nepal, via creaking buses, to help a visiting friend to find authentic dhaka weaving.

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What ties these articles? From ancient to modern, weaving of course – it’s fascinating, has been for millennia, and will be for millennia to come. We certainly haven’t gotten bored yet!

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Mayfair Celebration in Bath this Saturday!
Bath’s Annual Mayfair Celebration is this Saturday and we’re joining in with a great sale! The downtown will be bustling with activities, including live music, face painting, a huge city-wide yard sale, and of course great deals in many of Bath’s downtown stores. Enjoy the celebration of spring and stop in to Halcyon Yarn for savings of 10% – 40% off select items, in store only. You’ll find great deals on some favorite summer yarns and books, plus great ideas for fun summer projects. Save big and stock up now!
More Mayfair Bath details and schedule here: https://visitbath.com/events/mayfair/

Spring is the time for new things to grow – why not a new fiber art skill! In May and June we’ve got some great basic classes coming up.
Socks are the perfect summer knitting project. Even better, skip the double points and learn to make them on two circular needles! They’re quick and easy to bring with you as you head outside in warmer weather. With so many fun yarns to play with, you’ll want to make a new pair every weekend. Deb’s two session class meets Saturday June 4th and 18th. Deb will show you how to cast on and get your socks started on June 4th, then give you a little time to practice and work some length on your socks before meeting back up on June 18th to complete the heel and gusset, or troubleshoot any tricky spots. You’ll be cruising on two circular needles before picnic season is underway!
If you already have a little spinning experience, now is the time to hone your plying skills with Linda Clutterbuck in her Why Ply? class on June 11th. Linda is a terrific teacher and she’ll cover 2-ply, 3-ply, Navajo ply, and cabling. She’ll guide you through the fundamentals of creating a balanced skein, and explore when to over-ply or under-ply depending on what yarns you want to create. You’ll leave ready to take your handspun yarns to the next level!
More and more people are discovering (or rediscovering) how much fun it is to weave! If you love yarn (and who doesn’t?) you’ll be thrilled by what you can create on a loom. It’s easier than you think and our step by step classes offer plenty of personalized attention and hands on practice so you’ll leave ready to keep weaving on your own!
Intro to Rigid Heddle meets Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th. All materials are provided and you can bring your own rigid heddle loom or rent one when you register. Sherry will teach you how to elect yarns, warp your loom and get started weaving, as well as how to finish your piece. You’ll leave ready to try more projects on your own. You can make beautiful scarves, towels, and yardage for small projects like a bag or pillow cover all on a loom small enough to carry under your arm.
Weaving on a Floor Loom opens up a world of fiber arts possibilities! You’ll learn all the fundamentals of weaving on a loom with four or more harnesses. Instructor Sybil Shiland will cover planning your project, reading a pattern draft, selecting the right yarns, warping your loom, and lots of tips for successful weaving. Plus you’ll learn finishing techniques and troubleshoot common challenges. Our “round robin” style weaving class moves students through several different techniques on an array of looms and materials so everyone gets a chance to see what they like and try out a wide range of styles. A great class for anyone who has ever bee intrigued by weaving, or by the beautiful textiles you’ll learn to create.
Feel free to email with questions, and register early, as weaving classes often fill up fast!

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Hector Jaeger’s handmade contemporary rugs will be on display in Rockland this May. Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole Gallery are co-hosting a Spring Exhibition featuring works by Maine artists. Jaeger is a midcoast based rug weaver and one of the original founders of Halcyon Yarn. His hand-dyed and woven wool rugs are skillfully crafted and completely unique. Jaeger’s rugs feature striking interplays of color and his work blurs the line between functional craft and fine art.
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The Spring Exhibition opens this Friday May 6th and runs through May 27th, located at 403 and 405 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, a collaboration of Black Hole Gallery and Asymmetrick Arts

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Don’t miss the newest printed handwoven ebook, Best of Handwoven: More Terrific Towels on Four Shafts. Dish towels, they’re the ultimate super satisfying project in which you can choose almost any weave structure. The color choices are seemingly endless and the go to fibers of cotton, linen and cottolin have long been favorites in the weaving world. In this newest collection of patterns you’ll find many twills offering a variety of treadling orders for different designs on one threading. Updated overshot and huck lace round out the designs.

Can’t get enough towel patterns? Make sure you have the earlier printed ebooks on towel projects:   

 

Just a reminder, Halcyon Yarn is your exclusive source for “printed” versions of  all the popular Handwoven eBooks. They are printed in full color on acid-free coated stock, saddle-stitched and ready for immediate browsing and convenient posting next to your loom. Booklets focus on a specific yarn, weaving technique or type of project, providing several patterns from previously published Handwoven magazines, each with detailed instructions and illustrations. They’re a great resource for all weavers.

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Interweave Knits Summer 2016 will inspire your summer knitting with beachy tops & tanks and beautiful lace shawls. You’ll be ready for cool cabin nights with patterns for rustic sweaters and vests for him and her and a Hudson Bay color-themed blanket.  This issue will transition your knitting into summer and beyond.


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Vogue Knitting Spring / Summer 2016 features ultra-feminine, pristine lace knits in crisp white, rosy hues and hand painted palettes. A conversation with designer Rosemary (Romi) Hill, an informative article on hand-dyeing history and a fictional piece by best selling author Rachel Herring round out the issue and make it a great summer read.

 

 
 
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