Installing the Automatic Cloth Advance on my AVL Dobby Loom

Ever since purchasing my new to me production dobby loom I’ve been wanting to install the automatic cloth advance system. This is an add on feature for the AVL dobby loom which allows you to weave consistent picks per inch (ppi) AND it automatically advances your warp. This means that…

What’s the Difference Between Mercerized and Unmercerized Cotton?

When I first started my weaving it seemed as if I needed to learn a whole new vocabulary. Simply ordering yarn to begin a project was a major undertaking. I started weaving dishtowels and was super confused not only by how the yarn was sized, but by the description of…

Weaving Baby Blankets Part 1

I’m on a mission. I’m wanting to create beautiful handwoven baby blankets and, at the same time, find a designing style for my weaving. I’m going to be weaving baby blankets with different types of yarn and trying out different weaving structures to see which is the best match. So…

What is Twill?

When I started my weaving journey, I wove many dishtowels. For a beginning weaver, dishtowels are the perfect projects. You are able to explore different weaving patterns and experiment with color combinations and, to top it all off, you can use your creation right away. For my few first projects,…

Can I Weave with Knitting Yarn?

The Difference Between Knitting and Weaving Yarn There are only a few things I can think of that’s more satisfying than strolling through the yarn aisles in a craft store. The colors and the texture of the yarn are just so tempting. It’s like they’re all calling out, “pick me!…

Let’s Weave Strickler 728

Oh the ever popular Strickler 728. I’ve seen so many very cool projects using this pattern in the Facebook group Strickler In Color that I just couldn’t wait to give it a try. A Weaver’s Book of 8 Shaft Patterns edited by Carol Strickler contains patterns specifically for 8 shaft…

Weaving Samples

Full transparency here – weaving samples is not my favorite thing to do. Despite the advice of several of my more experienced weaving friends, I’ve avoided weaving samples for quite some time now. Some of my projects turned out great- some not so great, but I was willing to throw…