AVL DIY : Making a Second Back Beam

A couple years ago, pre-pandemic, we bought a 24 Harness 40″ AVL A-Series loom from its previous owner on Long Island. It came with 2 x 1/2 yard sectional warp beams. After we got home and assembled it that we realized that it was missing the bottom back beam. We didn’t worry too much about it because we were spending most of our time repairing water damage and getting it up and running. Then, just about the time we were ready to start warping it, everything shut down. At that point it wasn’t vital that we had a second back beam because there wasn’t much to do...

A Quick Update

As many of you know, we make the bulk of our living at fine craft shows, along with some wholesale work for farms, and the fashion, accessory, and home good industries. Since the Stay at home order hit here in New York State we have been radio silent while we try to figure out what to do next, as you can imagine it is a giant pivot for us, but luckily we are young, scrappy, and persistent.

Master Your Craft Book Review

Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work by Tien Chiu does exactly what the title states, it gives you strategies. I am the kind of student who likes loose guidelines to work within. Give me a general idea of what I should work towards, and I will work very hard to get there. I even stated in my Instagram post about this book that I wished I had this when I was in college.

8 Harness Profile Drafting & Tie Up

I recently received an email from a weaver named Cindy, in regards to profile drafting and tie ups. She was curious about the ability to use 8 harnesses with a 4 block profile draft. And furthermore, how do weavers know which harnesses to assign for the tie up from a profile draft? Her questions were geared towards the particular structure M's and O's- so that is the structure I will be using to explain.


On the Loom

Sometimes, life gets a little too busy. When this happens, I like to take a step back and look at what I have been working on. Often I am so focused on what is happening right in front of me that I forget all of the work I have done. So today I'm going to share some work I have been making, designing, and sending out to the world. If you follow my Instagram account @comfortcloth you can also see some other behind the scenes footage of my work on the loom.

Malabrigo Rios Yarn Review

I wove a winter kerchief for my husband. Together we looked at many types of yarns and patterns and finally decided on using Malabrigo Rios a superwash merino yarn. This Malabrigo yarn was so neat to work with that we decided to make a little video to share our excitement about this new yarn we found.


What do you want to hear?

I'm a talker. I like to share what I know and ask questions about what I don't know. I love to share things that I have made and also to share things that I find inspiring. So with that in mind, what do you want to hear?! We are looking forward to creating some cool little videos on things that we are excited about. Are you curious about a certain historical textile? Do you want to know how to do a certain technique? Are there certain yarns that you were afraid to try? Or do you just want to learn cool stuff?!


Weaving Literature

I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile. I love being surrounded by books and the information they provide. Weaving literature in particular are very inspiring to have mixed in with my cones of yarn on my bookshelves. Before my husband built me these amazing bookshelves I have, I thought I had quite the extensive library of textile books. Upon collecting all of these books in one place, I came to the realization that I have a pretty small, but varied collection in regards to the different information they contain.

Rhinebeck 2015

This is the fourth year that I have attended the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York. I used to scour fiber festivals for that perfect fleece for felting, or those new knitting yarns- but now I go to see what colors are trending, what people are knitting and creating, and also what finished goods are selling.

Sectional Warping

Moment of truth: Sectional Warping scares the living daylights out of me. It is not because it isn't a great method of warping- it is! It is because it is totally mystifying to me at this point in my career. I have a great little pamphlet called "Sectional Warping Made Easy" and it is a lovely little step by step about how to wind on a sectional beam. There are some key things that it misses, like how to treat the ends when they are cut to make it easier to thread. It is also a little dated so some new technologies that have been developed since this book was printed are missing.


The Balancing Act

I have two jobs. One is my dream job, creating handwoven products for others and for my loved ones. I love to be at my loom creating, designing, and being the one who creates. My other job? I am a store manager at a lifestyle and clothing retail store. It is demanding and challenging. I like it a lot because it makes me think critically everyday on how to talk to potential customers, employees and how to grow within a company. I love this job, because I get to be myself, and I also have the opportunity to learn.