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Get started now with great deals on tapestry and tablet weaving essentials, 10% – 25% through Memorial Day!

Start with a favorite kit…

Try our new Triple Play Wall Hanging Kits in three modern colorways. (loom not included)

 

And grab either of Harrisville’s Lap Loom Kits. Plus, the larger lap loom is great for the Triple Play Wall Hanging too – so plan ahead and get both!

 

Take on Tablet Weaving with the Halcyon's Deluxe Card Weaving Kit Sale!, which contains everything you need to make amazing patterned bands and straps, using the included 3/2 Pearl Cotton.

While you’re at it, grab more of the tapestry and tablet worthy yarns in our kits!

Pearl Cotton is a mercerized 100% cotton that is strong, easy to work with and comes in over 65 colors. We highly recommend it for tablet (card) weaving and inkle weaving. Plus Pearl Cotton comes in economical mini cones so you can create a broad palette. 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn also works as warp thread for smaller tapestries. Mini Cones only are on sale now!

For a fast weaving, beautifully rustic wool in a range of heathered hues, try our exclusive Halcyon Geo Rug Wool Yarn. Love the Triple Play design, but want to go bigger, or make more in your own colors? Stock up with extra savings on single skeins of Geo!

(volume discounts are at regular prices)

Learn more with these great reads…

 

 

Stock up on terrific looms and tools…

 

 

Sale ends Memorial Day – so take advantage now and get ready for fun and portable summer weaving!

If you’re really in the mood to save, shop these great spring clearance yarns – while supplies last!

Sale on tapestry and tablet weaving ends Monday May 30th, midnight EST.

 

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Tablet Weaving with Rose

eMail Share • By: Sierra Roberts
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What’s old is new again…

Tablet weaving, also known as card weaving, has been around for thousands of years. This surprisingly easy to do craft can be used on as large, or as small a scale as desired. The patterns you can create are seemingly infinite, and it uses minimal equipment. That means it’s portable as well as useful – and a great way to introduce yourself to how weaving works. Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of talking to my friend and coworker Rose, who recently took up card weaving herself. For those of you who haven’t met Rose yet, there’s nothing she can’t craft, fix, or make (more about that soon!), and she can help you learn too. Her enthusiasm for the craft was so infectious, I asked her to write a little about her experience. Here’s what she had to say:

As far as I know, there is no 12 step program for craft addiction. I’ve managed to keep my love of crafts in check so far, but stepping into Halcyon Yarn for the first time, I knew I was in trouble. The possibilities are endlessly enticing. My first foray into weaving gave me a taste of the rigid heddle loom. I had a blast in that class! Most folks would probably dive headfirst at that point into loom weaving, however I went in the opposite direction when I became entranced by the beautiful book, Card Weaving Sale! by Candace Crockett. The history of the technique dates back to 4,000 B.C.E. and spreads over the globe.

I couldn’t help myself…. I purchased the Halcyon's Deluxe Card Weaving Kit Sale! and got cracking. This wonderful kit includes the book, the cards, a shuttle that doubles as a beater and enough yarn to get you started on your first project (and then some). Following a beautifully outlined history of tablet weaving, the book takes you on a brief, but clear, portrait of the craft itself. The tools are simple and the results can be lovely and surprisingly intricate. Turning to Chapter 3, I felt I could dive fearlessly into my first project.  I grabbed my yarn and cards and followed the instructions to set up my warp.

Card weaving produces a warp faced fabric that is created by threading the warp thread through the holes in the cards.  The most typical cards are square with 4 holes in the corners. These holes are where your warp threads through. I had no difficulty following the directions for creating my warp and threading it through the cards. A simple knot at each end, secure the end, line up the cards and I was ready to weave, lickety-split.

Turning the cards lifts your warp threads to create a new shed. Cards can be rotated forward or back, together or individually to produce a seemingly infinite combination of patterns. Tablet weaving clearly demonstrates how looms were the first computers! I was easily able to follow along with the pattern as instructed. Your first project is a narrow strap in three tones, woven into a simple pattern. I loved seeing it build so quickly before my eyes. Before I’ve even completed my first project, I’m already planning my next one.

This type of weaving doesn’t require a loom or any expensive equipment. And I can take it anywhere I go. All I need is a place to anchor the end of my warp threads. I can clamp it to a table or chair. A doorknob works great too, and I’ve even used my toe! The other end gets tied to my belt. So simple.

This type of weaving can be done with lots of different yarns, too. 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn is excellent, because it’s nice and slippery as well as strong. As you become more experienced with this technique, you can try other fibers, or even wire. The holes are big enough to accommodate a wide range of yarn weights. The comes with a beautiful Northwest Looms Belt Shuttle with Handle, which is used for weaving your weft as well as beating the thread down. You can card weave without a fancy shuttle if you want, but the Northwest Loom shuttles are much too lovely for me to resist.

 

This is a fast project, so it is a great introduction to weaving with kids. I easily developed a rhythm and my strap grew quickly. I must confess that I’m a sucker for instant gratification and card weaving delivers. Plus, the possibilities for this type of weaving make my mind reel. I can see so many ways to use these bands…  Bag straps, cuff bracelets, hat trims and button plackets come to mind easily, but my next project is definitely going to be a dog leash. A customer stopped in the shop and when we got to talking about card weaving she showed me the custom leashes she wove. Wow!  Gorgeous!  I have got to get cracking on one for my girl. Now that i’ve got the technique down I can even use the cards to weave her name into the leash. A matching collar would be lovely too, don’t you think? And if all else fails, you’re guaranteed to have one awesome headband:

 

If you’re itching for a fresh new craft, tablet weaving is sure to please. Folks new to weaving will find it simple to pick up, and experienced weavers will be delighted with the intricate design possibilities. If you’d like to get into tablet weaving, but don’t want to invest too much up front, you should check out our 4-hole Card Weaving Cards (12/pkg) Sale!, and just grab some stash yarn. For those of you looking for the full package, our Halcyon's Deluxe Card Weaving Kit Sale! is highly recommended. Tablet weaving may have been around for ages, but it’s not too late to give it a try yourself!

 

 

Our favorites for tablet and tapestry weaving are on sale now for a limited time – check them out here!

 

 

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Masterful tapestries of tradition, color, and humor…

Beyond The Pale, Barbara Burns

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or hands on instruction, Barbara Burns delivers incredible tapestry experiences. Barbara has been weaving since 1994 and working in tapestry since 2003, having studied with master teachers and exhibited all over the world. Her pieces range from the subtle and sublime, to the satirical in content. All are marked by her impeccable craftsmanship and respect for technique.

Cowgirl, Barbara Burns

Lucky for us (and you!), Barbara lives and works in nearby Harpswell Maine, so we have the pleasure of regularly holding tapestry weaving workshops and guided studio times with Barbara here at Halcyon Yarn. Check out the video below of Barbara teaching one of her workshops at Halcyon Yarn’s spacious and well-equipped classroom.

Better yet, plan your visit to coastal Maine and spend some time learning tapestry weaving with a dynamic teacher. You can rent or purchase anything you’ll need to begin your tapestry journey here at the shop. Discover all of our upcoming Halcyon Yarn summer classes, with more dates for late summer/fall being added all the time. Learn more about visiting beautiful midcoast Maine at visitbath.com – we’d love to see you in “vacationland” soon!

Woman With Red Turban, Barbara Burns



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Play around with weaving color and texture…

Triple Play Kits are 25% off through Memorial Day – a perfect project for a long weekend!

Let me begin by saying that not a day goes by where I don’t think about weaving. Most of my friends and family (and several strangers…) have witnessed me babbling on about new yarns, or patterns, or projects that I’m working on, whether they wanted to hear about it or not.  I just love everything to do with weaving. So I jumped at the chance to design a simple beginner weaving kit to celebrate Little Looms May here at Halcyon. What could be better than introducing more people to the wonderful world of weaving!? And thus, the Triple Play Wall Hanging Kit was born.

I wanted the kit to be simple enough for beginners, yet visually interesting enough to display on the wall. The design employs three tapestry weaving techniques: plain weave, rya knots, and soumac stitch, all of which are explained and illustrated in the instructions. I chose to use Halcyon Geo Rug Wool Yarn because I’ve been admiring it since the day I started working here (the colors! the texture!). Geo is a rustic, slightly heathered wool, that weaves up quickly and evenly. This kit is available in three colorways; each kit comes with three colors of Geo for your weft, White Worsted Wool Warps Yarn for your warp, and a tapestry needle to weave with.

 

All you need to get started is a tapestry loom measuring at least 9″ x 6″. I wove my Triple Play on the Schacht School Loom Sale!, but if you’re feeling adventurous, consider building your own tapestry loom from scratch! Grab a wooden frame, some nails, and a DIY attitude and get to work! There are plenty of DIY tapestry loom tutorials out there, but Rachel Denbow’s DIY Woven Art Sale! not only has some great project ideas, but instructions on how to make three different types of tapestry loom to get you started. From making the loom to the finished piece this is a perfect project for a crafting weekend, on your own or with your kids.

 

 

Once you’ve completed the Triple Play wall hanging, you will be equipped with the skills to begin creating your own tapestries! Tapestry weaving is a great place for beginning weavers to start. There are no fancy calculations or time consuming set up like with harnessed looms. And no expensive tools or equipment, either (unless you choose to continue tapestry weaving with a more advanced loom). If you are intrigued by the more elaborate traditional tapestry weaving, this is a great start. We’d also recommend checking out the American Tapestry Alliance, and take a look at the work of our tapestry weaving instructor, Barbara Burns (featured here) as well.

I find tapestry weaving incredibly relaxing and meditative. It’s much more free-form than harness weaving and you can use almost any yarn. Incorporate thick yarns, thin yarns, scratchy yarn, roving, even found objects (think fabric scraps, plastic bags, beads and more)! Tapestry weaving is also great for stash busting. Imagine a weaving made from all your leftover yarn from previous projects! The possibilities are endless!

 

Our new Triple Play kits are 25% off for a limited time, plus many of our favorite tapestry weaving items are on sale here – through Memorial Day!

 

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Simple and stylish woven art for your home!

Although it’s been around for ages, the art of tapestry weaving has recently witnessed a spike in popularity – and now all of us can get in on it! Hip retailers, interior decorators, and modern fiber artists alike are all tapping into tapestry weaving, and this means there are all sorts of new, fun sources of inspiration. Just about anyone can do it, and you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to get started. Rachel Denbow’s DIY Woven Art Sale! inspired me to give tapestry weaving a try, and it gave me all the information I needed to make my very own piece of woven art.

After an easy to read introduction describing the different materials used in basic tapestry weaving, the second chapter of this book is all about making your own looms. These range from small cardboard looms to large frame looms – all of them approachable to make on your own with simple tools and materials from the hardware store or your recycling bin.

But then there are the projects! Beginning with easier pieces like the Both Ways wall hanging shown above, DIY Woven Art Sale! guides you through the basic techniques of tapestry weaving. The projects slowly introduce new tricks, working up to pieces like the Poesy wall hanging shown below:

One of the things I love most about tapestry weaving is the fact that you can use pretty much any kind of fiber you want.  Thin yarn takes a little longer to weave up, but it still totally works. Or you could go big and incorporate roving; there’s even a project in this book that uses a big piece of leather, so don’t be shy about incorporating new textures and found materials.

But remember, you aren’t just limited to wall hangings! In DIY Woven Art Sale!, Denbow shows you how to make pillows, rugs, and even the clutch shown above.

If you’re not feeling quite motivated enough to build your own loom like in this book, we have a few already built looms here that are fun and easy to learn on. The Schacht School Loom Sale! is always a favorite, as its size and simplicity make it very versatile. The Harrisville Peg Loom with Accessories Sale! is another great option for those of you just starting out. Whatever your equipment, I invite you to use this book as a guide and inspiration for your very own DIY woven art.

 

Plus, some of our favorite tapestry weaving tools are on sale this week, including DIY Woven Art Sale!. Check it out this week’s great deals here!

 

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Interweave Knits Summer 2017

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Ahh, summertime…

Puck’s Tunic, by Susanna IC

Who says knitting has to hibernate throughout the warmer months? Certainly not the folks at Interweave Knits. Their Interweave Knits Summer 2017 issue is all the proof we need. But all you wool lovers, don’t despair! This whimsical Shakespeare themed issue also has a healthy sprinkling of warm sweaters and accessories so everyone can have the best of both seasons. Whether it’s intricate lace or bold colorwork you go for, you won’t be disappointed.

The first project that caught my eye was the wonderfully wearable Puck’s Tunic, by Susanna IC. I think this would look lovely knit up in Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton Yarn – the stitch definition of that yarn would show off the lace panels beautifully.

Hippolyta’s Cover-Up, by Lena Zharichenko

Despite its being slightly less functional than what I generally make, I am super excited to knit the cover-up shown above. And this looks like a relatively easy knit, even though figuring out how to put it on properly might take a little while. I’m already picking out colors of Block Island Blend Yarn. I think I’d only need 5 mini cones for my size…

Malvolio’s Cowl, by Celia Cabodevilla

Remember me mentioning that this isn’t all linen and lace? The cowl above is soft and warm as can be, knit up in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed Yarn. You just need two skeins of each color! I love the colorwork of this cowl, and I especially love the yarn it’s made from – the Silkroad Aran Tweed has just a little cashmere in it so it’s soft enough to wear around your neck.

Sebastian’s Cardigan, by Irina Anikeeva

Then there’s this masculine, classic cardigan that looks as fun to knit as it would be to wear. The double breasted style gives you options for how you want to wear the collar – upturned, folded over, or anything in-between. This would also look awesome knit out of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed Yarn, with year round colors that look great on everyone. Not to mention, it’d be a luxury to wear.

Plus, with our standard volume pricing, a sweater’s worth automatically gets you 10% off the yarn!

It might be warming up outside, but that sure won’t keep me from making stuff! I’m with Interweave Knits on this one – regardless of what time of year it is, it’s always time to get your knit on.

 

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