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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Shape Loom Weaving
Shape Loom Weaving

by Rainie Owen July 22, 2022

The steps in this tutorial can be applied to use with any of the Shape Looms in my range. Shape Looms are designed to frame the finished weaving, so there's no need to cut and tie warp threads, simply finish the weaving and hang on the wall - easy as!

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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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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. 

Spontaneous, Abstract Weaving
Spontaneous, Abstract Weaving

by Clare Burton July 18, 2022

Come along for the ride as Clare from Jade and Frankie takes us on an adventure of fluid and spontaneous weaving. "I feel it’s important to point out that I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to do things when it comes to weaving. While there are basic techniques to learn, as you grow in confidence many people develop their own styles and methods of arriving at the same point. That’s one of the best things about this craft - the freedom to do things your own way."

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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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