Weaving

Homestead Cotton Gamp Detail

Temporarily Sold Out! (Wow, that was fast!)

We’re so glad you like the project and apologize that we ran out of these kits faster than expected. If you would like to place a back order for this item we are glad to put you on the list and ship or contact you as soon as they are back in stock. We do not yet have an ETA, but we’re working on restocking as quickly as possible and will keep you updated! Please call or email with any questions or to place a back order.

NEW! Homestead Cotton Gamp Kits – special introductory price for a limited time!

Color Gamps give weavers a wonderful opportunity to better understand the interactions that happen when you blend colors. They’re both playful (yay rainbows!) and practical, plus you’ll create a set of functional items to provide both a color study reference and a pop of fresh hues in your home or studio.

Our newest color gamp project uses a simple 8/2 unmercerized cotton and the colors are more muted than many traditional primary color gamps. We love the softer palette and we’re eager to wind up our bobbins and roll out a picnic with these cheerful and instructive pieces.

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We’re finding plenty of quiet ways to enjoy the new year (despite the challenges), I hope you are too! With the new year has come a renewed sense of creativity, and I hope it brings you some time for making projects that you’ve been looking forward to. Now that we’ve given our holiday gifts it’s a perfect opportunity to make a little time for ourselves. We’re here to help you start something new and beautiful, find a treat to spend your Gift Certificate on, or pick up a little inspiration from the bookshelf…

As always, please call or email if we can assist you with planning a project or selecting just the right materials – we’re here to help!

Here’s a little inspiration…

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New on the loom…

 

Deciding what to make…? Look what’s new on the loom!

Classic Buffalo Plaid Kitchen Towels

Buffalo Plaid Woven Cotton Towels, for three shafts or two heddles on your rigid heddle loom. Available in classic color kits or buy the pattern and select your own!

Looking for more… check out these great projects to weave or knit!

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For your safety and in accordance with current public health guidance all classes and groups are currently suspended. We’re reaching out to anyone who’s registered for a class, however if you were registered and did not receive our email please contact us to confirm your cancellation, refund or credit. We hope to see you again here at Halcyon Yarn when we can welcome you safely! (05/25/20)

Ready to learn a new fiber art, improve your skills, or just spend a day or two doing something you love? Register now for fiber art classes at Halcyon Yarn. Our spring and summer classes are already starting to fill up so check them out and sign up soon!

Is there a skill you want to learn but don’t see here? Know of a great instructor you’d love to learn from here? Please let us know here: Contact Halcyon Yarn

We’re adding more classes all the time – stay tuned! Here’s what’s coming up…

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Color Gamp Weaving Kits

 
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Back in stock! Designed by Michael Patterson and Halcyon Blake, our Color Gamp Kits are a wonderful way for weavers to explore color interactions. Available in 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn or 10/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn, each kit contains the yarn and instructions to create your own vibrant projects.

 

 

 

Weaving offers a truly special kind of color magic in which the relationship between hues can be controlled and manipulated to create an amazing array of effects. Explore how adjusting hues and values within a piece can transform a few basic shades to create fantastic iridescent or gradient effects. Trick the eye by mastering how combining one color with another will create the impression of a different color entirely, as happens in the Popular Science article below describing the Munker-White illusion.

The Munker-White Illusion

Munker White: These skulls look purple and orange. They are both red. (Popular Science)

So cool – this is just what happens when you mix colors in your weaving! Try experimenting with similar tones in different hues and you’ll find you can produce the illusion of more colors than you’re actually using by taking advantage of the “Munker-White” illusion. (And now I know it’s called that!) Let us know here if you make or find some good woven examples of this, won’t you?

Gamp projects are a terrific way for weavers to become skilled at creating an enormous spectrum from just a few basics. Discover the many ways of blending color in our easy to follow kits in two weights, for either four or eight harnesses – a great value. Have a stash of colorful yarns already? Pick up the pattern and use it as a basis for experimenting. Have fun and let us know if we can help!

3/2 Gamp Kits

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Our revised 3/2 Color Gamp Kit includes yarn and instructions to weave a sampler gamp utilizing 12 colors, plus white, grey, and black.

Project makes a baby blanket and wall hanging, or a set of six placemats plus a runner.
The pattern includes directions for both the 36 x 48″ blanket and the set of 6 placemats and a runner as well as 15 full mini-cones of our beautiful 3/2 Pearl Cotton and 150 yds of 20/2 Pearl Cotton in black for hems.

Projects require a 4-shaft loom with a weaving width of 40″ and a reed capable of 12 EPI.

10/2 Gamp Kits

A study for color and weave in 8 shafts or 4 shafts.

Halcyon’s 10/2 Gamp Kit comes with 15 – 10/2 Pearl Cotton mini cones plus 20/2 Pearl Cotton for hems, and the pattern.
Directions include five different color study exercises including one utilizing yarns from your own stash for weft, and how to create a clever and colorful shuttle holder for your studio.

The 4-shaft study is done in plain weave. The 8-shaft is in either plain or a twill combination. Approximately 20.5″ wide finished.

Kit includes 15 cones of 10/2 Pearl Cotton and 150 yards of 20/2.
Requires 4 or 8 shaft loom 22.5″ or wider and an 8 or 12 dent reed for 24 EPI.

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Giving Thanks!

 
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Thank you for being a part of the wonderfully creative and caring Halcyon Yarn fiber community! This fall you have inspired us by donating numerous batches of handmade goods for us to distribute at local shelters. You’ve also inspired us with your creativity as you learn, make, and give beautiful one-of-a-kind items. We hope you’re enjoying the start of the season and are looking forward to making and giving something handmade for the holidays this year. As always, we are incredibly thankful to have such wonderful customers, and we’re always glad to help with your creative pursuits. Thank you for trusting us with your time, your creativity, and your continued business. We wish you all the best this Thanksgiving!

Halcyon Yarn’s retail shop is closed for Thanksgiving this Thursday and Friday so that we can all enjoy time with our friends and families.

We hope you have a peaceful holiday and enjoy the opportunity to give thanks for all that brings love and beauty to your life. You can always shop online 24/7 at halcyonyarn.com and we look forward to seeing you shopping local in Downtown Bath (or in your closest downtown) on Small Business Saturday!

Knitting Kits by Blue Sky

We love the luxurious and all-natural yarns of Blue Sky Fibers. But how to choose…? Scoop up these simple to make kits and you’ll have a great gift on its own, or something that stitches up quickly so you can you give (or wear!) a great assortment of stylish handmade accessories this winter. The patterns are very approachable and the designs are timeless, plus they come in gift-worthy little packages and resuable bags.

 

 

 

Please note some of these kits are exclusively online right now, but will be available in the Maine retail store soon!

Flight of Stitches

The new Flight of Stitch Markers by Cocoknits is flying right off the shelf! At only $24 these whimsical stitch marker collections are the perfect gift for any knitter or crocheter. As adorable as they are practical!
Each delicious style includes 24 markers – 4 each of 6 colors.

 

Brass Hook & Sett Tool

A necessity in ever weaver’s bench… Our favorite brass threading and sleying hook, on its own or with the handy wooden sett tool. (You may want to get more than one!)

 

Marvelous Magazines

Magazines make a perfect stocking-stuffer, and a great retreat from the hustle and bustle. Pick up a few of these coffee-table worthy editions and keep the inspiration flowing all winter…

 

 

 

 

 

Knitty Gritty Project Bags

Knitty Gritty Project Bags are thoughtfully handcrafted in the USA by Magner. Made with the adventurous knitter (or weaver) in mind, they will last a lifetime. The sturdy waxed canvas has a unique feel and look that will age and patina similar to leather. The wax provides a bit of weather resistance as well.

 

Gift Certificates

GIFT CERTIFICATES
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*Free shipping code Thanks19 automatically applies to online orders from now until Monday, December 2nd, midnight (EST). Free shipping offer applies only for standard ground shipping to the contiguous 48 United States and excludes drop shipped, special order, and special handling items.

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Ready to try new tapestry techniques? Barbara Burns is a masterful teacher and and we invite you to join her in a new workshop at Halcyon Yarn!

Mini Corset, Pulled Warp Workshop: A New Twist On Tight Lacing

There’s still a few spaces left in our other spring weaving classes too – please register soon though as they’re filling up fast!

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You loved the Both Sides Now - Woven Cowl Pattern Download so we chose some of our favorite color combos and we’re giving you a great deal on these new rigid heddle kits!

 

The shimmering surprise of the Both Sides Now Cowl is now available in a kit – at a great sale price! Chose your favorite from four beautiful color combos. In whimsical Bamboo Bloom and Gemstone Soft Twist Silk.

 

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