I wrote a book!

I spent the whole of 2019 working on my first and only book baby and can I tell you, I didn't hold back. 

I wrote everything you need to know about weaving looms and tools, warp yarns and weft yarns. I wrote extensive guides on warping the loom, various weaving techniques and how to create perfect tension in your work.

What's more you ask? I also created 18 beautiful projects to adorn your home with, plus how to make a DIY weaving loom. 

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Lindsey has generously given me an exclusive discount for all my beautiful customers to use with her coveted online Foundations Weaving Class, which is a culmination of all the foundational techniques every tapestry weaver needs to know - no matter where you are on your weaving journey - to improve quickly, and be ready to take on advanced projects.

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Spinning - Thick and Low Twist Yarn
Spinning - Thick and Low Twist Yarn

by Rainie Owen June 14, 2022

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I have been spinning for a little over 5 years and have never once spun on a traditional spinning wheel with treadles. I’m sharing with you my favourite spinning methods on an e-spinner to create thick and low-twist yarns. These types of yarns are wonderful to incorporate into your fibre art as they are quick to weave up due to their thickness and they create beautiful texture as well.

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Spinning - Bamboo Fibre
Spinning - Bamboo Fibre

by Rainie Owen November 05, 2021

I had a lovely customer of mine named Jane ask about spinning bamboo and I thought I'd experiment and do a blog post for others who may be interested as well. 

Bamboo fibre compared to wool is much silkier, softer and lighter. I would consider this to be a more intermediate to advanced fibre to spin on it's own due to its slippery, silky nature. The staple length is approximately 10cm long. 

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Weaving - How to choose a frame loom
Weaving - How to choose a frame loom

by Rainie Owen September 21, 2020

I'm here to answer all the big questions. This of this blog post as an answer to all those frequently asked questions!

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Private Lessons & Workshops

I'm based in Newcastle, Australia and usually run workshops at least once a month locally. As you can imagine, that's a little hard right now with the current COVID-19 situation we have found ourselves in. So, I'm taking a bit of a break for the rest of 2020. My husband and I are about to start building a new studio in our backyard in Lambton where we will both be able to work from AND hold workshops and private lessons in the future. We are very much looking forward to sharing more on this with you soon. 

Three Dimensional Weaving
Three Dimensional Weaving

by Kate Noppert June 14, 2022 2 Comments

In this instalment of The Travelling Loom with Kate Dick, we are deep diving into three dimensional weaving to create organic pods. These pods are hand woven as flat shapes in soft colours, which Kate morphs into three dimensional pieces by hand stitching and shaping, before over-dyeing in deeper colours. The process is fascinating to follow as each pod changes and evolves in shape and colour.

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Visible Mending
Visible Mending

by Stacie Sims April 11, 2022

The Travelling Loom has just visited it’s 4th maker - the talented artist Stacie Sims. Stacie’s raw, honest, at times somber as well as hilarious blog post will resonate with so many makers out there. Like Stacie, being creative benefits my mental health and often puts my anxiety at ease. I’ve not felt so many emotions all at one time reading her article, “Visible Mending and Weaving with Stacie Sims” and I really can’t wait for you to have a read.

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Tapestry & Embroidery
Tapestry & Embroidery

by Kristin Carter February 28, 2022

Kristin Carter is certainly a master of creating intricate pictures in her cheerful woven artworks. She uses a mixture of techniques including tracing images, using a backing image behind her loom and using embroidery to really bring her woven pictures to life. I would consider her style to be a classic yet playful modern take on traditional tapestry weaving. In this blog post, Kristin takes you through her inspiration and skills used to create a tiny work of art.

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