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ART OF FIBER DYEING 53 minutes $31.00 (Sandy Sitzman) Learn an uncomplicated approach to creating your own wonderful array of color on fiber. Three dye procedures for protein fibers are presented, using both union and acid dyes. You will create a rainbow dye bath and learn injection dyeing. The dyes & methods work equally well with yarn, although the video focuses on unspun fiber dyeing. Written outline and source list included. VHS

ASHFORD SPINNING & WEAVING VIDEO 46 minutes $13.50 This video demonstrates the variety and use of Ashford spinning and weaving equipment, Wheels, looms and accessories are assembled and shown with clear how-to and tips on use. You'll see drum carding, spinning and weaving in process. If you are wondering what spinning and weaving are all about, or would like to see a run-through of the whole process, you'll want this video. The lovely finished products will spur you on to make your own! VHS

BEGINNING FOUR HARNESS WEAVING 86 minutes $22.50 (Deborah Chandler) You begin by measuring the warp on a warping board and warping the loom from front to back. You will learn how to read a weaving draft (pattern), how to tie-up the loom (direct tie-up), and how to weave a number of different weave structures from the pattern draft that is provided. You will explore plain weave, basket weave, rib weave with one and two colors, several twill combinations and the basics of doubleweave. (Note: If you have not woven before, Introduction to Weaving is a prerequisite.) You might also want to obtain a copy of Deborah's book, Learning to Weave VHS or DVD


DROP SPINDLE SPINNING 39 minutes $21.50 (Melda Montgomery) A quick and easy way to spin your own yarn. Spindle spinning is an inexpensive way to learn spinning skills. I remember getting my first wheel and how wonderful it was to just sit down and spin - I knew how because I'd been spinning on my spindle! In this video, you'll learn how to spin on a spindle, wind the yarn onto your hand for plying, and how to ply on the spindle. Melda will even give you some ideas on how to ply your handspun wool with other commercial yarns to make beautiful and unusual novelty yarns. A great craft gift for children too! VHS or DVD

FEATHERWEIGHT FELT 163 minutes $41.50 (Sharon Costello) This program focuses on traditional wet felting techniques, but with a whole new twist. Sharon uses traditional felting to produce lightweight and shimmering featherweight scarves. You will make six projects: A wensleydale lace scarf, a lattice merino wool scarf, a tencel/merino scarf, a bonded silk and merino scarf, a Nuno (wool felted into fabric) scarf, and another scarf using a variation of the Nuno technique. 163 minutes VHS or DVD

FELTMAKING BY HAND - The Basic Process 51 minutes $31.50 (Anne Einset Vickrey) Feltmaking is a simple technique requiring very little equipment, which produces warm woolen wearables like hats, slippers and mittens that are fun to wear and make great gifts. You will learn how to choose the best felting wool, how to prepare it, and how to make your own patterns. You will be given complete instructions for making a felt hat and ideas for lots of other projects. A great craft for all ages! VHS or DVD

FIBER DYEING - Immersion & Painting of Protein Fibers 73 minutes $22.50 (Deb Menz) Beginning with a full fleece, you will learn proper skirting, sorting and scouring techniques as you prepare the fiber for dyeing. The applying of color to protein fibers before the fibers are spun is easy and fun. First, learn step-by-step how to use the dyes and dye your fibers in a dyepot. (Deb will be working with Lanaset Dyes.) A color wheel is used as a reference to figure out how to mix your own colors and create your own dye formulas. A second approach to applying color on fibers is to directly paint dye onto unspun roving. You will also learn how to use the painted fibers to create complex, repeatable multicolored yarns. VHS or DVD

FIBER PREPARATION & MULTI-COLOR BLENDING TECHNIQUES 87 minutes $22.50 (Deb Menz) This video includes many wonderful ways to prepare fiber for spinning, using both drum carder and combs. The focus is on how to use fibers that have already been dyed to create multicolored yarns. It starts with drum carding "101" - how to effectively choose and use a drum carder. Then it's on to blending colors to create new colors. You'll learn how to get predictable results, how to blend luxury fibers, and how to create multicolored drum carded batts so the colors stay clear and bright. Multicolored yarns can also be created using combs. By using already combed and dyed solid wool top, the multi-colors will be created by using a multistep process of arrangement of colors and wide combs or hackles. Designing plied yarns with color effects in mind concludes this video workshop. VHS or DVD

HANDSPINNING - ADVANCED TECHNIQUES 112 minutes $41.50 (Mable Ross) Mabel said that when we first learn to spin, we take what we get and try to do something with it. In this video, Mabel will change all that for you as she teaches you how to spin yarn to a predetermined size that will fit the needs of your project. You will learn how to prepare and spin different lengths of fibers to make worsted and woolen yarns for weaving or knitting, using shortdraw and traditional longdraw techniques. You will learn how to make a plied yarn of any exact thickness with just the right amount of twist, for various purposes, and how to repeat it exactly. You will learn to spin yarns of average thickness, very thick yarn, soft knitting yarn, and extremely fine gossamer yarn for knitting lace. If you're just beginning to learn to spin, we recommend you start with Spinning Wool - Basics & Beyond. VHS or DVD

HOOKING & BRAIDING 240 minutes $41.50 (Joan Moshimer & Verna Cox)   This comprehensive video teaches the basic techniques of making a traditional hand-hooked rug from planning to completion. The hooked rugs are made from strips of wool fabric pulled as a loop up through burlap or monk's cloth with a hook to make the rug surface. This is different from the more contemporary "punch needle" approach. You will learn ways to dye fabrics, finishing and backing techniques, and color tips. And, you will learn rug braiding techniques by attaching braiding around a hooked center. VHS (discontinuing - Sale price $22.50)

HOW TO KNIT SOCKS - 60 minutes   $36.25 (Leslye Solomon) Larger than life closeups and expert instruction will make all your sock knitting successful, even if you've never knitted a pair of socks before. You'll learn about yarn sources, planning, designing and measuring for an accurate fit. Basic knitting is covered, plus a unique way to cast on in rib pattern. You'll learn how to knit in the round using 5 double pointed needles, how to weave in a marker stitch, work the heel flap, shape the heel with short rows and work the gusset. Leslye shows you how to use the kitchner stitch to close the toe and also offers instructions for a round toe variation. Everything you need to knit beautiful socks that fit! VHS


INTRODUCTION TO NEEDLE FELTING - SCULPTING A DOLL 131 minutes $41.50 (Sharon Costello) What a wonderfully fun video to learn this popular craft by! The dolls that Sharon makes are fabulously detailed; watching her make the face is downright cheerful! She works you through making the face, body, and fine clothing, hand, feet, hair, and accessory details for a doll, allowing you to give your doll it's own personality. This technique is a non-water technique. You will use felting needles to felt your wool fibers together. Sharon reviews the type of fiber needed to work with when doing needle felting. VHS or DVD

INTRODUCTION TO WEAVING 57 minutes   $31.50 (Deborah Chandler) This video is designed for the new weaver. It introduces you to the tools, yarns, vocabulary, projects, and types of weaving and equipment that will help you choose a direction that is just right for you. You learn how to calculate and measure yarn quantities needed and to wind up your warp using a warping board, an essential ingredient to all weaving and one you will refer back to often as you continue to explore weaving. This video serves as a prerequisite to all other weaving courses for those of you who are new to weaving. VHS or DVD

MAKING OF A KILIM: Spinning, Weaving & Dyeing in Anatolia 56 minutes  $31.50  (Janet Willoughby) Kilims (slit tapestry rugs) have been woven in Turkey for thousands of years. In the villages of Anatolia, the tradition survives with women weaving the traditional motifs using local wools for spinning, natural dyes for coloring, and  traditional upright tapestry looms for weaving. Once completed, the rugs are finished with singeing and intense washing to remove excess wool fuzz and brighten the colors. The motifs used have been handed down over the years with some individual interpretations put in by the weaver. These tapestries are woven the same today as in the past. VHS

NAVAJO WEAVING - Sharing the Technique & Tradition 3 hours $42.50 This comprehensive video workshop begins with an introduction of your instructors and personal remarks by Navajo weaver, Angie Walker Maloney. It includes info on tools, yarn and equipment, and a look at several different styles of Navajo looms. You will learn how to spin and ply edging cord, prepare the warp, apply the edging cord and make the heddles. Tips on how to use the loom, create the sheds, and use the tools get you started. As you begin weaving, you will learn the secret of laying in the first row. You will learn how to weave stripes, vertical lines (by interlocking wefts on the same row), squares or blocks, diagonal and diamonds. You can follow along by weaving the design provided, or create one of your own based upon the discussion in "Planning a Rug Design," which includes specific information on weaving a design that reverses at the center of the rug. You will learn many tips and solutions to potential problems throughout the video. And, Angie's method of finished a rug the Navajo way is magic! All this, plus stories, traditions and rugs that will inspire. VHS or DVD

RECTANGULAR RUG BRAIDING 180 minutes $31.50 (Verna Cox)  Includes braiding techniques unique to square/rectangular rugs, how to maintain square corners, tips on butting, ric rac and arrowhead techniques. VHS

RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING - Level 1   93 minutes $22.50 (Betty Davenport) If you've always wanted to weave but don't have space for a large floor loom, this is a great way to get started. Betty will amaze you with what this small, inexpensive, and very portable rigid heddle loom can do. She guides you through two warping processes and offers tips and techniques as you weave a beautiful wool scarf. Finishing techniques, including washing and fringe treatment, are also presented. You'll weave a set of cotton placemat, using pickup sticks to create different weave structures. Pickup pattern instructions are included on the written insert. Introduction to Weaving is a prerequisite to this course unless you know how to calculate and measure the warp. VHS or DVD

SILK FUSION 120 minutes  $41.50 (Karen Selk) Silk fusion is a unique process that bonds silk fibres into a lustrous kind of "felt" which can be gossamer and transparent or thick and opaaue as leather. Fused silk is perfect for stitching, beading, stamping, quilting, jewelery, origami, book covers, stenciling, nature printing and much more. Eight projects are presented in this DVD, each one demonstrating a different technique. Easy solutions for anticipated problems are provided. DVD

SPINDLES AROUND THE WORLD 60 minutes  $36.50 (Barbara Clorite-Ventura) This DVD is an overview of techniques for using ethnic spindles such as Navajo, Russion, Turkish, Takli, Akha, and Balkan. The program also has segments on Andean Plying, using Nostepindes, low and high whorl spindle designs, hook tweaking, whorl notching, making distaffs, ways of managing fiber, winding cops, doffing (removing) yarn, and plying. Barbara also shares some of her methods of making spinning tools from household items. DVD

SPINNING COTTON ON THE CHARKHA 84 minutes  $36.50 (Eileen Hallman) This comprehensive video is presented in 2 sections: Basic Techniques and Charkha Proficiency. Part 1 covers assembling the charkha, safety tips, basic spinning techniques, potential problems and their solutions, techniques for winding on, storing spindles in the middle of a project, setting up and using the charkha and skeiner. In section 2 you will learn how to start a new spindle without a leader, a veriety of speed spinning techniques, ways to achieve consistency which include tools and techniques to measure yarn diameter, twist angle and yarn count. Beginners to instructors will find useful info in this video. Additionally, spinners who weave with their handspun singles will find the discussion of yarn energy helpful in creating resilient fabrics. VHS

SPINNING COTTON, SILK & FLAX 111 minutes $41.50 (Patsy Zawistoski) Each of these fibers has its own unique history, each is available in its own unique form, and each requires various modifications of spinning technique. You will learn all about these in this video. You will learn about the various fiber preparations that can be purchased, plus appropriate drafting, plying and finishing techniques for each fiber. You will learn how the choice of original preparation affects the finished yarn. Each fiber will be addressed separately, allowing you to study one fiber at a time. It will be helpful if you are familiar with wool spinning and comfortable with your spinning wheel. VHS or DVD

SPINNING EXOTIC FIBERS & NOVELTY YARNS 75 minutes $36.50 (Judith McKenzie) In this course, which includes live footage of many of the animals, you will learn how to spin exotic fibers such as camel, llama, alpaca, cashmere, mohair, angora, dog, and qiviut from the musk ox. You will learn how to spin various types of novelty yarn using a combination of fibers and spinning techniques. Tips on buying the fibers and the best end use of the yarn is included. VHS or DVD

SPINNING & PLYING TEXTURED YARNS  117 minutes (Patsy Zawistoski)  $41.50 This is an intermediate spinning video covering cabled, knotted, soft twist single, spiral, 3-pass boucle, corespun boucle, and mixed twist "illegal" spiral yarns. Using these basic yarn recipes with various design factors, you will be able to create an endless supply of unusual one-of-a-kind yarns. Over fifteen different yarns are spun in this video. There is also a segment on decoding and unraveling yarns so you can duplicate them in your spinning. VHS or DVD

SPINNING WOOL - BASICS & BEYOND Wheels, Fiber Preparation and Spinning Techniques 90 minutes $22.50 (Patsy Zawistoski) If you're ready to start spinning on a spinning wheel, or are already spinning but don't have the control you'd like, this is the video for you. In addition to a thorough explanation of single drive band, double drive band, and bobbin lead spinning wheels, you will learn about wheel setup, fiber preparations, spinning various fiber preparations, pre-drafting, the importance of understanding wraps per inch, how to use a control yarn, woolen and worsted spinning techniques including point of twist, fingered draft, double drafting and spinning a parallel preparation. Learn how to ply form two bobbins or from one ball, make a 3-ply from one source. All of this will make your handspinning beautiful and successful! "Easy to follow, great for the beginner... I found this video exceptionally informative with tips even a more advanced spinner may have forgotten or overlooked." FIBERFEST MAGAZINE VHS or DVD

TIPS, TRICKS & PROBLEM SOLVERS for the Handweaver 60 minutes  $31.50 (Sallie Guy) "Tips, Tricks & Problem Solvers for the Handweaver" includes a detailed presentation of tested, practical, and timesaving ideas which will facilitate the entire weaving process, from planning to finishing. In addition, constructive and imaginative approaches to correct problems encountered when warping and weaving will be demonstrated. Take the author's twenty-five years of experience at the loom, add ideas shared by other weavers, and the result is a video which contains a wealth of information. DVD

TRIANGLE FRAME LOOM WEAVING MAGIC for Shawls, Blankets, Jackets & More 89 minutes $36.50 (Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser)   The magical loom that dresses itself! Weaving is done with a continuous strand of yarn for both warp and weft, by weaving loops inside previous loops, to create beautiful, imaginative body drapes, ponchos, blankets, and more. No weaving experience is necessary, although advanced techniques offer the experienced weaver unique, creative ways to express oneself. No individual yarns are measured and threaded through heddles or reeds, as with traditional weaving. There are very few calculations needed, so you're ready to start immediately. (After you get a loom, that is!) This video takes you through the step-by-step process of weaving a sample six-foot triangle shawl, using basic tabby, twill and leno lace weave structures. Carol Leigh shows you how to make color changes, how to easily correct mistakes, two ways of finishing a collar edge, and three ways to put triangle pieces together - one for ponchos, one for blankets, and one for ruanas and jackets. She'll show you how to full and nap your weaving for a professional fabric finish. You will learn methods of planning a project, appropriate yarns, and how to determine yarn quantities needed. Let your imagination go! VHS or DVD

TRI-BABIES AND TRIANGULAR WEAVING - Frame Loom Techniques 60 minutes $31.50 (Barbara Borgerd) This clever handweaving technique requires a simple portable triangular frame loom which you can make following the written instructions. No loom warping, cutting, or measuring is required, and there is no waste since you weave with a continuous loop of yarn. As you make a small neckpiece, a "tri-baby," you'll learn about weaving, changing colors, correcting errors, fringe, neck edge finishes and blocking. Then you'll be ready to weave a beautiful scarf, shawl, or ruana on a larger frame using this same process. You'll be inspired by many beautiful pieces! A plus is the handwoven mohair flower pin you'll learn to make using a cardboard loom. VHS  
Detta's Spindle

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