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All about Heddles!

All about Heddles!

If you are curious about how heddles work in inkle weaving, we thought we would make a little movie to help out!  There is a sort of science all about how best to make nice heddles and how long and such that they should be.  We hope this little movie helps out!

 

 

Check out our Friend’s New Etsy Page!

Check out our Friend’s New Etsy Page!

You just have to go and take a look at our friend Jess’s new Etsy page!   She’s been making things for a while now, but her work is so very nice and clever as well!  I adore her grumpy little dolls…  you just have to go and read the descriptions of them!  This naughty little lady called 911 on her Dad!!!!  Hahaha….

 

She has a beautiful herd of Angora goats and makes the most delightful rugs and hand spun yarns from this beautiful mohair fibers!!!  Even sells some raw and ready for your own spinning.  And if you have never spun mohair…  you are in for a treat.  It’s like angel hair, so soft and amazing.  Takes to dying really well too!

And if that was not enough…  she and her clever hubby make these super fun dog toys!  Evee and Ratchet, our dogs, absolutely love them and offer their own testimony…  these are so fun to tug and fetch!

So please…  go and say hello, look around, like some of the items and maybe even make some your own!   She’s a wonderful friend and in fact, I bought my very first loom from her!  She got me back into weaving after YEARS AND YEARS away!!!!  (I won’t tell you how long ago it was that I had a little time weaving…  Let’s just say that I was living at home and starting my first year of college! Wow!)

Here’s her shop…  

Blackhorn Fiber Farm

Just click and visit!!!

Thanks everyone!!!  

Card Weaving Looms!

Card Weaving Looms!

I’m so behind with the blog and I’m so sorry…  we have just been so busy!

I wanted to share with you, this fun video of our newest small hand and lap looms!  The Lute!   It’s specifically for card weaving!   Enjoy!

 

Our beautiful new loom… the Harpsichord!

Our beautiful new loom… the Harpsichord!

Maggie has done it again, she went and designed a beautiful floor inkle loom and so far, the reports are marvelous!  Everyone loves the Harpsichord!

What is really neat and inovative is that it’s actually two looms at once!  There is our popular large loom, the Harp and then a base that when connected, makes the Harpsichord!

Here’s a nice little quite video about the loom and you can see it in action!

 

The Shuttle that Started it All…

The Shuttle that Started it All…

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Believe it or not, this little shuttle started off our fiber tool business.

You see, I have two lovely daughters.  They mean the world to me.  And on my birthday, my youngest, Maggie, she made me a sweet little shuttle for my inkle loom!  All on her own.  With very limited woodworking tools and even experience.  And it was beautiful.  I love it.

I asked her if she could make me another one, an idea that I had, for a inkle shuttle with a little pick on the end, a finger pick.  I gave her a rough idea and within a day she came back and made me this one… and another smaller one to give a try.  I was hooked!

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Well, the next thing you know, I took a picture of my inkle weaving loom and my finger pick shuttle on it, to share to an inkle weaving group I like on Facebook.  Instantly, someone wanted to know what that shuttle was and who made them.  The rest is history!

It’s now been almost 8 months and she has made so many lovely things in her shop, it’s stunning.  She has had over 1,000 orders now.    It has been a reason that my daughter has blossomed from the difficulties she has with being an autistic young adult.   She adores working in her shop out in a little garage on our farm.  A place that she cleaned out, re-did and finished for her needs.  She is most happy out there, putzing about, working with wood, by herself, and helping to generate funds for the family budget.  It has been the best thing ever for her self esteem and personal contentment.  And it’s been keeping me and her sister Jessy, very busy!  (We handle all her customer service needs and do all the packing and management of orders.)

So, you just never know what a little birthday gift might work into!