Posts tagged tutorial
DIY handwoven zipper pouch tutorial

I love weaving and I love making usable products with my weaves. So this tutorial is all about sewing a handwoven pouch, but you can use my tips for sewing bags, pillows and even cloths. For this piece I worked on a frame loom. The final weaving was relatively small but big enough to make a pouch or two. Follow this tutorial to get to see me explaining my process and let me know if you tried it. I’d love to see what you make!

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How to warp a frame loom with a heddle bar

First thing you need to learn when you want to start your adventure with weaving is how to warp a loom. Warp are all vertical threads you stretch between top and bottom beams. You will use them to weave weft - horizontal threads - between them. It’s important that your warp is stretched properly and has a good tension. In this tutorial I will show you how to best warp a frame loom.

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Dyeing with indigo and fresh woad

The process of dyeing with woad is similar to dyeing with the indigo plant. The pigment contained in the leaves is not soluble in water, so to be dissolved, it must undergo a chemical change - reduction. First removed from the dye pot, it combines with oxygen in the air and reverts to the insoluble blue. This oxygen-free dye bath is called a vat. There are many recipes for making a vat (19 that I know of) and last weekend I tried out the most common ones.

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How to weave on a cardboard loom

If you think you need special equipment to learn how to weave, you're wrong! Use things you have at home to make your first loom, just like I did back in the summer of 2015. I taught myself how to weave on a DIY cardboard loom and I got hooked! I want to share some of my favourite techniques and tricks with you. 

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How to dye fabric with plants

I get many questions about my process, so I decided to write a blog post to make it accessible to everybody. My way of dyeing is by no means the ultimate right way, it’s just a process I developed over time, based on research and experience. I want to describe my process step by step, give some important advice and share an approach for beginner dyers, which is a simplified procedure for a first ever experiment with plant dyes.

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