SOMETIMES IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING TO FIND MATERIALS. HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITES!
LEARN TO WEAVE
I teach an online class on how to weave a necklace, a versatile workshop for weavers of all skill levels. The techniques covered in this class are demonstrated on a small scale, but can easily be implemented on a larger scale, making it accessible and informative for many different projects! Supplies for the class are discussed before we begin, but to make it easier on you, I have a kit for the workshop listed in my shop!
The class is hosted on a website called Skillshare, which is a subscription-based platform with thousands of tutorial videos on topics of all genres. It normally costs around $12/month but they have allowed me to offer my customers a free 30 day trial. You can cancel at any time, but it's a pretty sweet resource, so feel free take full advantage of it for as long as you'd like! Visit www.skl.sh/ebruxvoort and click the blue bar at the top of the screen to start your trial today.
Meghan Shimek - I get a lot of questions about my wooden rotating heddle frame loom. I got it from Meghan's shop a few years ago, but I think she is forever sold out. I know that's a total teaser, but I have some other suggestions below for something comparable!
Lost Pond - The coolest thing about these looms is that many of them are adjustable. So you have your basic wooden frame loom with a fixed width, but a handful of the models they make can be extended to up to twice their width in height! Very affordable and easy to assemble/disassemble for travel. I have the 48" Kingfisher and it's great for ginormous projects!
Jim Hokett - Get them while you can, this man is officially retired out of business! After decades of providing tools for fiber artists both new, and experienced, the time has finally come for Jim and his wife to relax. These looms are a minimal, sturdy design handmade for Navajo style tapestry weaving. I personally have the smallest (4x7 in) 6 dent for mini projects, the original (8x7 inch) 8 dent and the intermediate (9x12 in) 8 dent- all perfect sizes for travel. Find the small and original looms and some of his other tools available in my shop, while supplies last!
FIBRESHARE - If you're not familiar with this rad organization already, FibreShare is an international yarn and fiber swap open to all crafts with a focus on fostering connections beyond the screen while contributing to the growth of the Fibre-community. I've been a member each round since it started and it has been such a treat every time. You sign up and get assigned two partners: one who sends a package to you and the other who receives a package from you! It's a great way to connect with other fiber artists and get your hands on fibers hand-picked from all over the globe!
De-Stash - After partners are assigned for every round of Fibreshare, I list a bunch of yarn packs in my shop that are pulled from my personal stash in an attempt to downsize. Each pack is anywhere from 100-300g of various quality yarns at an affordable price. All packs are priced equally by weight so the more you pay, the more you get! It's a fun and affordable way to score some goodies for both you and your partner :)
Spin Yarn Weave Tales - This Etsy shop sells a delightful selection of fibers, but my favorite are the lace weight merino skeins that come in dozens of colors and varying skein weights. For those like myself who can never decide on just one, they also offer assorted colors packs in sets of three! Jo ships from Australia and helps you figure out the cheapest shipping option before you checkout. Overall great customer service!
Hill Country Weavers - As my go-to local yarn shop, this little gem is where I find many of my yarns. If you're ever in the Austin area, I encourage you to visit them down on Manchaca Rd! They also have various sales on every first Thursday of the month AND an incredible sale room with tons of steals inside! This place has almost everything you could imagine, and even some fibers you never knew existed.
Serene Fiber Arts - As if Amanda's shop doesn't speak for itself, her hand spun "Antler Wool" is hands down the dreamiest hand spun wool I've ever used. A must-have for any lover of all things spun thick & thin! She also uses natural dyes on many of her hand spun yarns, which I always admire.
String Harvest - When I have some money to splurge on some incredible fibers, I can't wait to pour through Cassie's never-ending stash of rare, vintage, plant-based, and natural yarns. She sure has an eye for all the neutrals that make my heart sing in weights of all different sizes. The AU currency conversion usually works in the USD favor, but we sure make up for it in shipping. Nonetheless, it's a package well worth the dime.
1AZCOLORWORKS - Funny name, serious fiber. These ladies sell hand spun, hand dyed wool of all weights and styles. Every skein I've received from them has been exactly as pictured and full of squish. They're also really stellar at sending out occasional coupon codes to all of their customers so keep an eye on your inbox after your first purchase!
SHOP LOCAL! If you can, look into what yarn shops are in your community. Oftentimes there might be a low-advertised mom and pop shop selling plenty of name brand yarns and/or local fibers unique to your area! This is especially cool because it means you're not only supporting the shop, but the farms where the fiber was raised! It's worth checking out to see if you can give back to your local community AND score some unique fiber.
Shuttles - The Woolery has an incredible selection of shuttles for all different types of weaving. I have the Kromski 12 inch and 16 inch, which both work wonderfully. The wood is smooth and doesn't snag on warp strings. Annerys Alba of The Woven Craft also makes all kinds of wooden tools- find them in her shop!
Swift + Ball Winder - If you're feeling crafty, you can make your own tabletop swift via this DIY tutorial. But if you're looking to buy, I have the Stanwood Needlecraft medium sized umbrella swift + winder combo and it works like a dream. Both items come in various sizes and the shop sells them separately or as a pair. Note: if you order the pair on Etsy, you get free shipping!