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A Taste of the Sprang Technique with Carol James

Sprang is probably something you never heard of. Here is your chance to learn about this ancient, under-appreciated technique of interlacement, that’s faster than knitting and gives two rows of cloth for every row of work! This video shows how to make two friendship bracelets at the same time and all you need is yarn and tape on the tabletop.

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Andean Pebble Weave by Laverne Waddington

Andean pebble weave, perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in the highlands of South America, is not only beautiful to behold but also a pleasure to weave. Being partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up weaving techniques to execute. Weavers who already have band-weaving and pick-up patterning experience will enjoy adding this fascinating and versatile technique to their repertoire.

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Andean Pebble Weave on Inkle Looms by Laverne Waddington

This book on Andean Pebble Weave is aimed specifically at weavers who use inkle looms and particularly at those who are beginners in pick-up weaving!

Although there are unlimited possibilities for weaving beautiful bands in plain weave on inkle looms, perhaps you are now ready to add some motifs to your bands….geometric patterns and little animal figures sitting on an attractive pebbly background. With the experience of warping your inkle loom and weaving plain-weave bands behind you, you can now venture into the world of pick-up patterns with methods that have been designed specifically for your kind of loom and your level of experience.

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Baumschmuck: ‘Tree Jewelry’ from Bavaria with Marilyn Romatka

In picturesque Bavaria, Advent season has a heart-warming, hand-made feel. During this time, the 4 weeks before Christmas, everyone has decorations hanging about that were made years ago by the family’s young ones. Start that tradition in your own home with this free mini-lesson in how to make the spice-and-seeds mosaic ornaments called Baumschmuck!

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Beginning Temari Balls with Marilyn Romatka

Temari balls are exquisitely wound and embroidered gems that are given in Japan as a very special gift to a loved one on an auspicious occasion. Easy to learn at a beginner’s level, the intrigued student can follow the craft up many layers of complexity, and never become bored with this technique. It has chieved the proud level of an art form.

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Bow Loom Weaving with Marilyn Romatka

This delightful technique originates in SE Asia, and uses a simple loom construct; a piece of bamboo… or for non-tropical climes a dowel from the local hardware store. The woven band sports beaded selvages in the student’s favorite colors, and can be used for bracelets, hatbands, headbands, choker necklaces, cell phone case handles… the possibilities are endless!

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Braiding with Backbone with Marilyn Romatka

This technique is a relatively new invention, that melds ideas from time-honored and proven traditions: the Japanese art of Kumihimo braiding contributes the stand on which the braid is formed. However, the hollow braid that results resembles more closely the English tradition of straw plating. By using wire instead of fiber or straw, the result is a stunning 3D braid that can be used for a variety of jewlery, especially necklaces!

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Complementary–Warp Pick-Up by Laverne Waddington

The complementary-warp pick-up technique produces beautiful double-faced woven bands.

One face of the band shows a light motif on a dark background while the other shows the reverse. It is one of the most common patterning techniques used by weavers in the Bolivian and Peruvian highlands. By using the instructions in this ebook, beautiful patterns can be created by weavers who are competently weaving plain-weave warp-faced bands.

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Cotton Spinning Made Easy with Joan Ruane

Cotton Spinning Made Easy, by Joan Ruane, a renowned cotton spinning teacher, is a classic film that will never grow old. This video takes you step-by-step through the process of spinning cotton on our wheel and shows you how to store and use your lovely handspun cotton yarns.

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Cotton Spinning with the Takli with Joan Ruane

In Cotton Spinning With The Takli, Joan Ruane, a renowned cotton spinner and teacher, not only teaches you how to use the little metal takli support spindle, but she includes instruction on the Indian book charkha. “Take to spinning to find peace of mind. The music of the wheel will be as balm to our soul. I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. The charkha is the symbol for nonviolence on which all life, if it is to be real life, must be based.” –– Mahatma Gandhi.

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