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These are a few of my favorite things: #22 – Free ebooks from Handwoven magazine

Hello weaving friends!  Happy holidays and everything that goes along with the cheer of the season.  We are now approaching my favorite holiday . . . New Year’s Day!  However, today is December 26th . . . a day called Boxing Day.  Regardless of how you chose to celebrate Boxing Day . . . if you do at all . . . I decided this may be an appropriate time to re-gift one of my favorite things . . . free ebooks from Handwoven magazine!

At the present time, Handwoven magazine has 11 ebooks available for free download from the Weaving Today website .  These are not the same as the ebooks they have for purchase and download . . . but, they’re FREE!  So if you’re gearing up for 2013 and are interested in learning new things or seeking inspiration, check these out at http://www.weavingtoday.com/content/Free-eBooks.aspx.  Yes, you will need to create an account on Weaving Today to access these ebooks . . . but, that’s free too.

Here’s a very brief preview to the 11 ebooks:

Learn How to Weave – Whether you’re interested in learning about warping techniques, becoming acquainted with weaving terms, would like a weaver’s guide to yarn . . . or are an experienced weaving veteran and want to validate how much you know . . . this resource can be a great place to start.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/How-to-weave/

Learn to weave sample

All About Weaving Looms – Have you always owned a rising shed jack loom, but wondered about counterbalance and/or countermarche looms . . . and how these looms differ and their strengths and weaknesses?  I highly recommend this resource.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/Weaving-Looms/

About Looms

Hand Weaving Supplies – Weavers needs tools and gadgets (I’m a self-confessed gadget junkie).  This resource presents the fundamentals on a wide variety of weaving tools and supplies, such as a yarn swift, using McMorran yarn balance (and how to make a yarn balance), choosing the appropriate shuttle, and even improving the ergonomics of using a warping board.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/weaving-supplies/

Weaving tools

Weaving Patterns – There may be only four weaving patterns in this ebook . . . but one of them, Four-shaft Huck Towels by Lynn Tedder, is one of my my all-time favorite weaves . . . huck lace!  Plus, Lynn even shows different hem treats to add that little something extra.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/weaving-patterns/

Weaving Patterns

Weaving Projects – There are a modest number of weaving projects in this ebook, but they’re simple, beautiful, and versatile.  The huck lace placemats by Suzie Liles were especially intriguing to me.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/weaving-projects/

Weaving projects

Handwoven Scarves – I don’t weave scarves very often . . . mostly because I don’t tend to wear scarves . . . but, there are six in this ebook that could easily inspire me to change my mind.  The scarf below was woven by Madelyn van der Hoogt and I know I want to give it a try in 2013.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/handwoven-scarves/

How to weave a scarf sample

Table Runners – Table runners are a wonderful thing to weave because they often require less materials than many other projects.  Plus, they make great gifts.  There are four table runners in this ebook that my be fun to consider to weave as gifts for the holidays in 2013.  Oops!  Sorry!  I should probably hold off mentioning weaving things for 2013 for while, right?  http://www.weavingtoday.com/table-runner-patterns/

Table runners

Woven Throws – Cold months make me want to weave throws . . . some thing to cuddle up in with a cup of tea or hot chocolate sounds pretty good, huh?  I have an especial fondness for this ebook since one of the projects was woven by yours truly.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/woven-throws/


Woven Bags – From a bag made from felted squares woven on a pin loom to a yoga mat carrier to go along with the New Year’s resolution to get fit, there are four fun projects in this ebook.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/woven-bags/


Woven Rugs – Weaving a rug can be an ominous undertaking, but the three projects in this ebook could give you a great start.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/woven-rugs/


Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Weavers – Yeah, I know.  Copyright may not be the most exciting thing when we talk about weaving . . . however, it can be helpful to know your rights with your designs and images . . . and how to properly use information and images that inspired you for your own work.  http://www.weavingtoday.com/media/p/7626.aspx


Again, happy everything to everyone . . . There are a number of gifts waiting for you at http://www.weavingtoday.com/content/Free-eBooks.aspx!

These are a few of my favorite things: #21 – More color resources

Every year about this time a magical and wondrous occasion comes upon us.  No, I’m not referring to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or the winter solstice.  I’m referring to Pantone’s announcement of the Color of the Year!  And . . . drum roll, please . . . 2013 Color of the Year for will be Emerald!

Pantone's color of the year for 2013

Now this is not the only color Pantone endorses . . . emerald is also part of an entire color palette for 2013.  (Personally, I’m pretty excited about these colors)  To learn more about Pantone and the Color of the Year, go to http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/index.aspx 

Pantone's color palette for 2013

Now, I’m not the only one that vacillates between thinking How dare anyone tell me what colors I should be using in my work! . . . and . . . Why am I stuck in a color rut and how do I get out?  After all, I often manage okay when it comes to color . . . well, some of the time.  Oh, heck!  Color is something I can always work on!   But, more importantly, color is something that can help sell.  It can also detract or make something look dated.  I remember back to the eighties when many of my friends were getting married and teal and fuchsia were popular color combinations.  By the way, I didn’t go there . . . but, I do confess to loving the color combination back then . . . along with my boxy jackets and really big shoulder pads (I never did the leg warmers or finger-less gloves).  Thank goodness we didn’t have digital cameras back then.  There’s no evidence of my 80’s fashion adventures . . . only word of mouth.

I have met only a few fiber artists that do not feel challenged in anyway by color.  My friend, Randy Darwall is one of them.  But, he will also be the first person to tell you the use of color requires practice.  So, how do you get practice?  Well, there are some resources on-line that can give you a boost.

My very first Favorite Thing was www.colourlovers.com . . . which I still think is a wonderful resource for playing around practicing with color.  If you missed this Favorite Thing, go to January 2012 of this blog to take a look at it or click on the link above.  In the meantime, perhaps you’ve decided color is something to explore in 2013 . . . so, here are a few resources to give you a boost.

Color Scheme Designerhttp://colorschemedesigner.com/

Below are a couple of examples of what you can do with Color Scheme Designer using Emerald, Pantone’s 2013 color of the year.  The first one is an monochromatic color scheme . . . the second one is using the same color and seeing what is produced when I choose the analogous color scheme.  I really like the blue and bright lime green!  My mind reels with the possibilities!

Color Scheme Designer - mono

Color Scheme Designer - analogous

Color Wizard at Color on the Web – http://www.colorsontheweb.com/colorwizard.asp

Like Color Scheme Designer, this resource allows a user to take one color . . . again, I used Pantone’s Emerald . . . and look at it in conjunction with other colors.  Below, this resource shows variations in hue, saturation, and tints/shade.  Plus, I included what I got when I chose a split complementary color scheme.  The brown and the fuchsia were a bit of a surprise . . . but, this also gave me ideas.

Color on the Web

Easy RGBhttp://www.easyrgb.com/index.php?X=HARM

This is pretty easy to use.  Enter the values for a color and it surrounds it with other colors as theme variations.


Color Blender – http://meyerweb.com/eric/tools/color-blend/

For anyone interested in creating ombre-like effects (ombre refers to a gradual change of color) in their work, Color Blender can give you the midpoints between two colors.  The tool allows you to set the number of  midpoints (10 is the maximum) . . . but, for those that dye their own yarns or have a stash of yarn with tremendous breadth of color, this may be a fun way to create new effects.

Color Blender

I hope you enjoy exploring color using one or more of these resources.  Getting good at color requires the same thing it takes to get to Carnegie Hall . . . Practice! Practice! Practice!

On a related note . . . This past January I started posting my favorite things and committed to posting a total of 50 of them here on my blog.  I had initially planned on posting one a week . . . but, life sometimes has other plans (especially since August) . . . but, I will continue to add my favorite things here until I have at least 50 . . . and hopefully a little more often!

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