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. According to The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, by Anne Dixon, M’s and O’s have two distinct block types: tabby and texture. The texture is a loose weft Continue Reading…

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 of the 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. In the spring I had been Continue Reading…

Chunky Yarn Obsession

Back in 2015, I did a yarn review on the Rios line of yarn for Malabrigo, you can check out the video here. What I did not mention is that Malabrigo has an incredible selection of all different sizes and colors. I became mildly obsessed with their Rasta yarn. The description from the Malabrigo website describes the yarn as “a lightly-fulled single-ply yarn of magnum proportions!” And they were not kidding. This yarn is crazy squishy, beautiful, and very bold. I decided that it would best be used in some chunky throws. I was only going to do a few, Continue Reading…

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 bit dated so Continue Reading…

Projects Designed to Learn Your Loom

My previous post I updated everyone on what I was accomplishing during my time of silence. I briefly touched on my latest project off of my new AVL loom. Today, I wanted to explain a little bit more in-depth in regards to the type of project that I made and why I decided on this particular project. One of my primary products to weave are blankets. On my Kyra loom I was able to produce throw sized blankets (48″ x 72″) without having to create panels or utilize a double weave. I also primarily use wool as my fiber medium. Continue Reading…

Why Craft?

When I explain to new people in my life what I am passionate about, I get two different reactions: “That is so amazing! What a wonderful thing you are doing.” or “Why? Couldn’t you just buy that stuff?” The drive to create is so strong, that it physically pains me to think of a day when I couldn’t make objects with my own two hands. I recently listened to a lecture that was given at the Art Institute of Chicago (it was posted as a podcast in iTunes). The speaker, Jackson Lears, touched upon the division of the craft ideal Continue Reading…

Saori Weaving

In the newest issue of Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot which is distributed by the Handweavers Guild of America there is an article called “Try Some Saori Free-Style Weaving” by Marcy Petrini. I have never quite understood what this type of weaving was. It looked to me like some form of tapestry weaving. But upon reading this article I learned more about the technique and found that there are a wide range of execution for Saori free-style weaving. Saori is a free-style weaving program that was founded by Misao Jo. The first syllable, “sa” is a derivative of the zen word “SAI” which Continue Reading…