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It all started a few years ago when my weaving friend Bhakti gave me a loom with a circular warp that she had been using to study with a group of Karen backstrap weavers. Her teachers had created the warp and set it up for her. It seems that they used the sticks that they […]
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Patternfish.com has been the home for my e-publications since 2010 when Syne Mitchell first introduced me to its dynamic owner, Julia Grunau. Sadly, after eleven successful years in business, the site closed its doors for sales on May 31, 2019. I would like to thank, Julia, Phil, Dale and all the team for the support […]
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Twice during my recent trip away I got to sit in the ”driver’s seat” to experience what a weaver from another culture sees as they sit at their backstrap loom gazing down the length of their warp. First, I got to spend the day with Yan Zhang, a woman from mainland China who went to […]
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################################################################ Patternfish .com, the home to the seven e-books plus five foreign language versions that I have published over the years, is closing for sales on MAY 31ST, 2019. Purchased files will continue to be available for download until JUNE 30, 2019. ################################################################ I have bought only a handful of e-products myself over the years […]
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It’s been a particularly busy time away on the road this spring! Hence no blog posts. Some people have noticed and commented with concern. Others know to expect a period of silence once I mention that I am about to travel. Some may even be relieved to perhaps have a chance to catch up on […]
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Backstrap Weaving by Lavernewaddington - 3M ago

The time to pack up and hit the road is approaching and so I decided to pack away the five months of creative chaos that has accumulated on my bedroom floor…pattern charts, sticks of various sizes and lengths, swords, shuttles, cable ties, metal rods, pick-up tools, heddle string, sewing thread, yarn, cardboard strips, needles, string. […]
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I always get a bit nervous when weavers at my workshops start picking up my samples, many of which have been sewn into bags and small  pouches. The samples are there to be touched and handled. That part is fine. It’s when they start un-zipping, looking inside and inspecting seams that I get all wriggly. […]
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I am taking a step away from the world of the backstrap loom in this post to tell you about my new e-book, Andean Pebble Weave on Inkle Looms. This is a book that I have designed specifically for those who use what I would call a “standard” inkle loom, whether it be a one-of-a-kind […]
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Since I last wrote, I had the luck to cross woven paths with a lady who lives on Hainan Island in southern China. She found her way into my inbox via my blog after she had spent time with some backstrap weavers on Hainan Island from the Li minority group. I imagine that it had […]
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  Happy 2019 to you all! New Year’s Day for me was more about celebrating finishing my latest e-book. And now that that project has been put aside , I am back at my loom and working on a large piece of fabric. This will be sewn into a shoulder bag. Don’t ask me what […]
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