Rigid Heddle Weaving is #1 with Cotton Clouds Customers!
- TEST THE WATERS. For many of us that have been knitting and crocheting for years, and are searching to explore something new, rigid heddle weaving is the perfect way to test the waters in weaving.
- CHEAP THRILL. It doesn’t involve an expensive loom or the space required to house it! If it’s not for you, you can always pass it on to your grandchild, who too is yearning to learn to weave!
- BUSY LIFESTYLE. For others, like myself, who have been weaving for years, the convenience and portability of a smaller rigid heddle loom fits into our busy lives.
- QUICK & EASY. The direct method of warping a rigid heddle loom means you can have a scarf on the loom in an afternoon and start weaving right away.
- FABRIC MAGIC. Plus there is just something intriguing about watching the fabric develop right before your eyes and so quickly and easily.
Weave creative, classic, and fun scarves!
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|Our most popular rigid heddle kit club has been A Year of Towels designed by our own Jodi Ybarra. It’s an ideal club for beginner and experienced weaver to learn new techniques while filling your cupboards with gorgeous cotton towels!|
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Does February feel slower to you? We’re not running around for the holiday season anymore and depending on the weather in your area you might be experiencing a touch of cabin fever, having to stay inside to avoid the bitter cold and snow. What can you do to keep those creative juices flowing? We’ll turn to the Winter Olympics for a bit of inspiration!
- The Ravellenic Games are a virtual “competition” to work on projects that are a personal challenge for you!
- Work from the comfort of your own home – connect with others on Ravelry.
- During the Olympic Games (Feb.7 – Feb. 23., 2014) Spin, Weave, Knit or Crochet!
- Continue the momentum after the Games end: make your own challenge to follow March Madness or practice for this year’s Spinzilla event!
Have you woven lace yet? The Atwater Bronson Lace Scarves uses our best selling Bambu 12 yarn, in 4 seasonal color combinations. The interesting texture and warp floats are created by using 8-shaft weaving. When we look at this we are reminded of Pantone’s 2014 colors, so trendy!
We’re here to cheer you on! You can spin cotton, weave cotton, knit and crochet with cotton and have fabulous results! If you have a project you’re proud of let us know – share a link to your blog in the comments here or post to our Facebook page!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to own a yarn business and to go shopping at industry trade shows? Well wonder no more! I recently returned from San Diego and The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)’s trade show. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes and find out what I saw, what trends are hot, and what new items we’ll be carrying.
These shows are a great opportunity do in-person all the things that are difficult to do from the office – I get to fondle gorgeous yarns, connect face-to-face with suppliers, find out what’s new in the market, and reconnect with friends I’ve made along this 35-year journey in the business. And you know what they say about all work and no play – we had to fit a few zany photo opportunities into the mix!
So what’s looking hot for 2014?
Lace continues to be a big crowd-pleaser – quick and easy lace shawls, gorgeous sweaters, and airy wraps dominated the show floor.
There are some wonderful new fiber combinations from Berroco, Classic Elite and Tahki Stacy Charles on the way that are perfect for baby projects. Some are of my favorites:
- silk/cotton/rayon blend
- cotton/alpaca yarn (an experiment for us adding an animal fiber)
- A 100% USA-made organic cotton yarn from Appalachian Baby Designs. This was my absolute favorite yarn of the whole show – the softest cotton I’ve seen in a long time!
Get ready for bold! Clear and intense pastels are mixing with ethnic-inspired curry tones. Pairing soft shades with vivid brights in the same project creates unexpected and exciting color possibilities! Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women (that’s us!), designers are using color to refresh, revive, and defy conventional color wisdom.
COMING SOON AT COTTON CLOUDS
You’ll be seeing these trends in full force as we put together the new 2014 items in the Cotton Clouds shop. New yarns, new knit and crochet kits, and of course our continued emphasis on weaving and spinning. We’ll be keeping out social media channels updated as we add new things, so check in with us on Facebook and Ravelry for all the latest news.
Looking forward to a happy spring 2014 – thanks for making us your place for all that’s warm and good in the natural fiber world!
What’s the perfect way to stay motivated in your weaving all year long while making a great group of projects? A weaving club! Cotton Clouds offers many 6 and 12 month clubs for weavers of all skill levels. Check out these great club options for every weaver’s favorite project: towels.
Towels are a perennial favorite among weavers, and for good reason. With such a simple shape and relatively small size, there are endless ways to experiment! Cotton Clouds Kit of the Month clubs are a great way to try your hand at a lot of projects while reaping plenty of handy benefits:
- You’ll save time because shipments arrived regularly and include everything you need to get started right away.
- You’ll stay motivated with a steady delivery of inspiring projects – join any club for 6 months to receive a kit every other month, or choose the 12-month option for a new project each month.
- And you’ll save money with free shipping and never having to purchase more yarn than you need.
Drop a hint to Santa that a membership in one of our towel clubs is the perfect thing to leave under the tree. Also, for a limited time, the first 25 members in each 12-month club will get our exclusive 2014 Year of Towels calendar!
Discover and delight in these projects to weave using any two-shaft loom. Weave structures include plain weave, waffle weave, houndstooth plaid, log cabin and pick up stick technique. Click here to learn more.
Choose from 6 or 12 projects that are perfect for kitchen, sauna, or bath. Click below to watch a video tour of all the great projects in this club. Click Here to watch Treasury of Towels video.
These designs from Handwoven’s 21st Century Towel Contest are perfect for four shafts and will keep you weaving all year long. Choose the basic club to receive enough materials to make 2-3 of each towel, or the deluxe club if you’d like to make 4-6 towels from each kit. A personal favorite from this club are the Designing With Color waffle weave kitchen towels. This is the perfect project for anyone who wants to experiment with color. You will receive four colors to work with; one color for the border and three colors for the waffle weave squares. Click here to learn more.
Not all towels in this club require eight shafts; some use five or six. All, however, show the advantages in design and use of weave structure provided by more than four shafts. Weave towels in M’s and O’s, in variations of lace, undulating twill, and more! Click here to learn more.
Discover and delight in these projects from our newest Best of Handwoven: Top 10 Towels on 4-shafts e-book from Interweave Press. Each of these towel projects (except one which can be adjusted) can be woven on your 18″-20″ four-shaft loom. Click here to learn more.
Enjoy one of these clubs and keep yourself weaving all through the year! Or, if the Santa in your family isn’t quite sure which club to choose, there are always gift certificates, which you can spend on joining the club of your choice.
Happy holidays – here’s to a warm and handwoven 2014!
About a year ago I had the idea of designing twelve towel projects to share with my fellow rigid heddle weavers.
I started with basic plain weave, adding simple stripes to jazz up my towels, then as the ball got rolling, or should I say the shuttles were flying, I expanded on simple plain weave with some of the many weave structures that our rigid heddle looms allow.
Weaving towels on my Schacht FLIP Rigid Heddle Loom has always been the most rewarding weaving for me, with the need for minimal finishing and the many design possibilities.
As each towel was evolving, the next project idea was beginning to form. I couldn’t wait to start the next project and I almost felt like I was on a production line! My shuttles were definitely flying!
Another great thing about weaving towels is that they can be woven in any size depending on the width of your loom, from small-sized tea towels to generously sized kitchen towels.
There is always a need for kitchen towels.
They make great gifts too! My friends and family love receiving my hand woven towels and almost expect them for their birthday and holiday gifts. Most of these towels are woven in our soft, super-absorbent, all-natural, unmercerized Aurora Earth 8/2 cotton.
Each kit comes with all the yarns, instructions and pattern resources you’ll need to weave two to four towels depending on kit.
Much of my inspiration came from The Weaver’s Idea Book. It’s a great reference for many of the pick up techniques and designs I used in these towels. It’s a must for any rigid heddle weaver’s library!
When all twelve projects were complete, I loaded them into two huge shopping bags and drove to my mom’s house for a photo shoot.
My mom’s collection of kitchen props is amazing! I was even able to use one of my grandma’s antique cookie jars and we actually ate the pie in one of the photos for Thanksgiving!
Once we had twelve great weaving projects and twelve great photos, it was time to design the calendar for our “Year of Towels: Rigid Heddle Weaving”.
Designing the calendar fell into place and presto, A Year of Towels Kit-of-the-Month Club for Rigid Heddle was born.
Order any of these kits individually or join our
FREE SHIPPING all year when you join the club!
Come join the fun! And remember I’m here to answer any of your questions whether it’s about ordering or when you start warping and weaving!
Jodi Ybarra, your fellow rigid heddle weaver at Cotton Clouds,
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