Book Launch: Welcome to Weaving

I’m so excited to share with you something that I’ve been working on for over a year - I wrote a book!  My first physical book is called ‘Welcome to Weaving: The Modern Guide’ and is now available for pre-order on my website.  

This book was born to multi-task - a hardcover instructional craft book all about weaving, it is designed to lay flat so you can open it near your loom and refer to the projects and techniques again and again.

As always, thank you all for your support. This has been a labor of love for almost two years, spent writing, photographing (I did it all myself 😅) and editing. My editor and design team did an amazing job capturing my vision, and it feels SO GOOD to finally share it with you all! I could go on and on about how this book was designed with my students in mind, how I worked on it every day for months during nap time, and how writing a book has been a dream of mine long before I began weaving, but head to the pre order link and read more about it. I will be sharing more soon!

‘Welcome to Weaving: The Modern Guide’ includes over 30 techniques plus many how to instructions for many complete projects and tapestries. The book was inspired by my online weaving classes.  It covers many of the techniques from my online video weaving classes, plus some that I haven’t shared before. This book is for all weavers, no matter your skill level.

BONUS:  pre-order  from hellohydrangea.com and your copy will be signed by the author (me!).

For US Customers, Purchase through my website.

For International Customers, purchase through my Etsy shop.

The books will ship during November, so it is a perfect idea for holiday gifts!

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This is the first book in a 2-part series. Book 2 will be launching Spring 2019 and will cover techniques and projects for intermediate to advanced skill level! The two books are meant to work together, so make sure to snag this one first!

If you want to learn how to weave in the meantime, you can purchase one of my online weaving video classes at hellohydrangea.com/weaving-classes.  Make sure to tag your finished work with #welcometoweaving - I can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Weaving How To: Keep Your Sides Straight

How to Weave Straight Edges Like a Pro

Hi friends!

I often get students who are frustrated by this, and even though I cover it in my beginning weaving video class, I decided to publish a public tutorial as well. Do you have issues keeping your weaving sides straight? Do you find that the sides of your weavings keep pulling in?

I get these questions from fellow weavers all the time and I have found that everyone, no matter what your skill level, struggles with this problem from time to time. I have found that when most people start out weaving, they pull the weft thread through too tight than previous rows. Doing this tends to pull on the warp threads on the ends of your weavings and pulls your rows which makes your sides not straight.  I have been weaving for awhile, but I still have to stay conscious about how much tension I have when I weave.

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Below is an example of what your weaving would look like when you weave too tight and example of how your weaving edges should look.

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If you follow the three steps below, you will be able to create clean, straight edges in every one of  your weavings. Repeat to yourself ‘bubble, strum and beat’ until it becomes second nature!

STEP 1. When threading the warp threads, create a slight dome shape with the yarn, making sure that your yarn stays loose.It is important to make sure the yarn is not pulled too tight.

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STEP 2. Use your finger to push down the center of the dome onto the rest of the weaving. Your yarn should look like it has “bubbles, rainbows, hills or mounds” (however you want to think of them.

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STEP 3. Pull down the other two mini domes that are left. Make sure not to pull on the end of the warp thread at all during this process. Before you beat down this row, strum the back of your fingers across the warp strings like a guitar to help the weft settle into them. Then use a fork or a weaving comb to beat down the row.

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Completing these steps with each row will give your weaving the perfect tension and stop the edges being too tight and creeping inwards.  If you would like to learn more, take a look at my weaving classes. I offer classes at all skill levels and would love to help you grow as a weaver.

Happy weaving, everyone!

Weaving Within Reach

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A talented artist recently reached out to review her new book, Weaving Within Reach. Anne Weil from Flax and Twine created a beautiful book about weaving - and one of the things I love most is that most of the projects don't even require a loom! 

She gets creative with different ways to carefully weave sans loom, or with a makeshift loom to hold the warp in place. Her projects are a wonderful way to add texture to any home. One of my favorite projects is the circular trivet, as shown above. She goes through, step by step so that readers understand how to try weaving in a unique way to create beautiful, functional pieces.

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Thanks, Anne! You can find an autographed copy of her book in her shop, or from most online book sellers.

Reprinted from Weaving Within Reach. Copyright © 2018 by Anne Weil. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Rebecca Stumpf. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.