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Little Looms Magazine – new!

Ready to try weaving? Little Looms is a great place to start!

[Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] introduces readers to a wide range of smaller weaving techniques, and suggests great tools and yarns to get you started. There’s so much you can do, even on the most petite and portable looms. Small looms are an easy and affordable way to learn the weaving process or to  prepare you for more complex weaving!

 

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Explore detailed designs for inkle loom belts, beautiful scarves on a rigid heddle, and dive into your stash to play around with pin looms, or woven wall tapestries. With 23 projects to choose from there’s something for everyone!

Here are a few of our favorite featured projects:

Geometric Waves Scarves, by Deborah Bagley.

A sophisticated study in contrast – from a simple pin loom! Grab your Schacht Zoom Loom 4" x 4" and two contrasting colors of a favorite yarn for either version of this simple and stunning scarf. You’ll need a 4″ x 4″ pin loom, a tapestry needle for stitching the squares and embellishing the lines, and about 320 yards (2 skeins) of each color. We recommend a worsted or aran weight 100% wool like Norumbega Yarn, or Bartlettyarns Maine Wool Yarn.

 

Schacht Zoom Loom 4" x 4"  Schacht Zoom Loom 4" x 4"
Norumbega Yarn Norumbega Yarn
Bartlettyarns Maine Wool Yarn Bartlettyarns Maine Wool Yarn

(See more about pin looms here.)

Stormy Seas Scarf, by Whitney Dorband.

A subtle log cabin pattern takes advantage of the natural color changes in a favorite variegated merino like Arroyo Yarn by Malabrigo. This soft superwash merino in kettle dyed colors, and a simple design, proves that some of your favorite knitting yarns are great on the loom too!

 

Arroyo Yarn by Malabrigo Arroyo Yarn by Malabrigo

Use just one skein (just over 200 yards) for both warp and weft to make a finished scarf 8.5″ wide by 60″ long, plus a 4″ fringe. You’ll need a rigid heddle with a weaving width of 10″ and a 10 dent reed. A Schacht Cricket 10" Rigid Heddle Loom or [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] are as portable as can be and will work beautifully for endless scarf weaving!

 

Schacht Cricket 10" Rigid Heddle Loom  Schacht Cricket 10" Rigid Heddle Loom
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No Assumptions Towels, by Susan E. Horton.

A cheerful and hard working kitchen towel in Block Island Blend Yarn and Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn. Woven on a rigid heddle with a 19″ weaving width, and 10 dent reed.

 

Block Island Blend Yarn Block Island Blend Yarn
Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn

You’ll use one mini cone each of Block Island Blend in [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] (red) and Block Island Blend Yarn (blue), and 2 mini cones of Block Island Blend Yarn (light blue).

 

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Block Island Blend Yarn  Block Island Blend Yarn
Block Island Blend Yarn  Block Island Blend Yarn

In 8/2 Homestead Cotton you’ll need 1 mini cone each of Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (silver), Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (magenta), and Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (dark red).

 

Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn  Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn
Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn  Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn
Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn  Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn

Nautical Towels, by Jodi Ybara.

Affordable and absorbent 8/2 unmercerized cotton makes these textured towels a great kitchen go-to. Project makes two 17″ by 29″ finished towels. Use a rigid heddle with a width of 24″ and a 10 dent reed.

Using Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn in three colors, you’ll need the following: 2,300 yards (one pound cone or 4 mini cones) of Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (bleach white), and one mini cone each of Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (light turk), and Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (nassau blue).

 

Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn
Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn  Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn
Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn  Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn
Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn  Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn

Calming Wave Yoga Bag, by Constance Hall.

For this rigid heddle project you’ll need a weaving width of at least 17″ and a 10 dent reed. The warp uses 256 yards of a sturdy cotton like 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn, and the colorful wool weft is Plymouth Gina Yarn. You’ll need a total of approximately 500 yards of Pearl Cotton, and 2 balls of Plymouth Gina wool.

 

3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn
Plymouth Gina Yarn Plymouth Gina Yarn

Nordic Notes Guitar Strap, by Connie Rubsamen.

Woven on an inkle loom, this project uses three colors of 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn: 205 yards of color A (warp and weft), 75 yards of color B, and 30 yards of color C. We sell 3/2 Pearl Cotton in 180 yard mini cones, so you can affordably mix and match colors, or you can buy this yarn by the pound.

 

3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn

Checkered Cardigan, by Benjamin Krudwig.

Weave? Knit? Crochet? How about a jacket that does it all! In two colors of a soft, DK wool, this jacket features a knitted sleeve, woven panels, and crochet edging. For the weaving you’ll need a 15″ width rigid heddle, and an 8 dent reed. You’ll also use a Size G-6 crochet hook, and  size 7 circular and double point needles.

We recommend colors [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] (Denim, 721-845 yards) and Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn (Heath, 392-502 yards), or pick your own colors in Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn!

 

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Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn  Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn
Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn

Enjoy weaving on the smaller side… and join us all of May for more great little loom adventures!

 

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