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Stitches South Coupon

Monday, April 8th, 2013
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Are you heading to Stitches South this weekend at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel &
Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA?

If you are, print out this coupon and present it when you purchase your ticket to save! (Only valid in-person. Will not work online.)

Make sure you stop by to see us while you’re there. We’ll be in booths 211,213,215,310,312,and 314. We’ll have some great yarns from Madelinetosh, Valley Yarns, great savings on closeouts, and more. You don’t want to miss it! See you there!

I-91 Shop Hop is Coming Soon!

Sunday, April 7th, 2013
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If you’re looking for a fantastic, yarn-filled way to spend a weekend, hop in the car with your fiber-loving friends and take part in this year’s I-91 Shop Hop. June 27-30 (Thursday-Sunday), we are joining 10 other yarn shops in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut for a weekend of fun.

The theme of this year’s Shop Hop is “A Kaleidoscope of Color.” Each shop will showcase a particular color and will develop an interesting display around it, so you want to make sure you hit every shop to see what they display.

All of the participating shops will have goodies and special giveaways. Two lucky grand prize winners will receive $550 in gift certificates as well as yarns, books, tools, and more from our favorite suppliers. How do you win? Simply have your passport stamped at each shop. At the last shop, leave your completed, stamped entry form. The winners will be chosen on July 1, 2013.

Passports are $5 and are available at participating shops and on our website. Grab them now so you’re ready to go on Thursday morning!

Click on the poster to view all of the shops.

Are you planning on joining us?

June Hemmons Hiatt Visits WEBS

Friday, March 29th, 2013
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Store associate, J, was here the day that June Hemmons Hiatt visited the store. He had a wonderful time at the event and shares his experience with us below.

We were so lucky to have June Hemmons Hiatt, author of The Principles of Knitting, visit the store on March 19th. The snowy and icy weather worked against us. (Isn’t it March that goes in like a lion and out like a lamb?) Not only was she here to sign her book, but she also made herself available to us. She gave some excellent background on both the original writing and the revision that this knitting textbook undertook.

To offer an anecdote of The Principles of Knitting’s importance among the knitting community: The first edition was selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars just months prior to the recent re-release.  A knitter’s version of The Joy of Cooking, June Hemmons Hiatt’s book should be at every knitter’s side, marked up, highlighted, dog-ears on the pages you return to again and again. While the internet has broadened the availability of knitting technique instruction, blogs, videos, etc., The Principles of Knitting is truly the definitive source for knitting techniques. It is a valuable work for beginners and advanced knitters alike that works without need for power or internet connection, with clear illustrations (over 900 illustrations, she told us) to compliment the text.

June Hemmons Hiatt spent nearly two hours at WEBS, taking the time to speak with the group, as well as with each of us individually while she signed our copies. I was able to get a picture to capture the moment, which was the icing on the cake for me. I blame the weather for my hair, but as you can see I was overjoyed to have time with June Hemmons Hiatt.

Look Who’s Stopping By

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
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There are so many exciting people visiting us at WEBS in the next few months!

Our first guest in February is Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ‘n Bitch series of books. She’ll be joining us for a workshop and book signing on February 18th. 

She’ll be in the area because of a fabulous sounding retreat she is teaching in Rowe, MA.  So if you are looking for a quick, relaxing getaway, this month, you should check that out too!

In March we are welcoming Norah Gaughan and the Berroco Design Team who will share the Berroco Spring 2013 collection, the Comfort Baby & Toddler Book, and a few favorites from Fall 2012. Hear all about the new garments, the design process and get a chance to try on some new favorite pieces.

Beth Brown-Reinsel will be here to teach three classes exploring traditional folk knitting techniques. Learn colorful knitting methods of Latvia, Maine and Norway.

In April we welcome Judith Durant and Dorothy Ratigan, a dynamic duo who will share their Knitting Know-How and help you out with your knitting woes.

  

Also in April, Melissa Morgan-Oakes will have you knitting two socks at a time, (top-down, or toe-up!) in no time.

For more details about all of these events and workshops visit our website! And keep an eye on that page – you never know who will visit us next and that link is the place you’ll always find the latest information.

Hot Chocolate Run 2012

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
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WEBS is a yearly sponsor of Safe Passage’s Hot Chocolate Run and last year, we put together a team of walkers and runners. This year, we’re walking and running again!

Last year, WEBS was able to raise $6,000 for Safe Passage thanks to the generosity of our customers, family, and friends. This year, we want to do even better! Please consider donating in support of the WEBS team. Visit pledgereg.com and search for “WEBS” in the team search. You can donate to any of the staff members listed. WEBS will match all donations received by our employees, so your donation will be doubled!

We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy checking out some of the pictures of our team from last year.

About Safe Passage:

Safe Passage relies on support from people like us to fund their programming–including an emergency shelter program, individual counseling and support groups, legal services, a 24-hour hotline and more. Here are some examples of what these services cost:

$20: Emergency funds for a woman to purchase groceries or diapers
$45: A one-hour counseling session for a woman seeking help for the first time
$80: One weekly drop-in group session for survivors of domestic violence
$100: An hour of ASL interpreting for a deaf survivor’s counseling session
$135: Three sessions for children who have witnessed domestic violence
$500: A month of on-call advocacy for victims of domestic violence police calls

Halloween at WEBS

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
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Some of our staffers had a little fun today with Halloween and dressed up!

 
 Our group and Miss Swatchie 2012 (Leslie Ann)

 

 A princess (Mary) and “retro office lady” (Kendra)

 

A pair of fancy bears (Tina and Jamie)

 

A pirate (Sara) and Wonder Woman (Ashley)

We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! Are you dressing up today?

 

Spinning and Weaving Week – Wrap Up

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
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We had such a great time this year with National Spinning and Weaving week, we wanted to share some of the fun with you! Spinners and weavers came out for great demonstrations and to enjoy each others company while crafting away.

Barbara demonstrates weaving on the Spriggs Triangle and Square loom.

During an Inkle Loom workshop, students got an up close look at how to make heddles, dress the loom, start and end weaving, and, of course, how to actually weave!

Drop spindle spinning on handmade drop spindles! These two used a wooden dowel and CD to create their spindle.

What did you do to celebrate National Spinning and Weaving week?

 

Getting Creative with my Floor Loom

Friday, October 5th, 2012
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In celebration of National Spinning and Weaving week, we’re highlighting four different WEBS staff members and their spinning or weaving tool of choice. Here, Amy tells us how weaving on her floor loom has lead to endless creative possibilities! 

I have been knitting for about 12 years and I love it.  It’s portable, versatile, and provides endless opportunities for creative expression. It’s what led me to Webs and now working at Webs has led me to weaving.  Last winter, I was straightening the weaving display and came across some dishtowels woven with cotton.  I fell in love.  I noticed that whenever customers would show any interest in weaving, I would take them right to the dishtowels.  My small obsession with these dishtowels happened to coincide with the start of Leslie Ann’s seven-week beginning weaving class.  As much as I loved those towels, I was hesitant to sign up.  I was a little intimidated by weaving, but I was curious, particularly about weaving on floor looms.   There was something about all the threads lined up, the clacking of the shafts going up and down, and the finished woven fabric (dishtowels) wound neatly onto the cloth beam.  So, I took the class. 

Luckily, our first project was dishtowels.  Thank goodness.  I ended up with three lovely dishtowels and the ability to make more!  We also learned how to weave twills.  Which I promptly made into zippered bags lined with fabric and gave to friends as gifts.  After that, I was in.

Now that I know enough about weaving to be dangerous, I have started to experiment with different ways to use the yarn that I have left over from other projects. (Ahh, the glory of stash busting)  I have also started over-dyeing finished objects and adding fabric/felt details.  I already have a long list of projects planned including rugs woven with our old jeans, and some fabric that I just happen to have lying around.  Of course, every time I go into the warehouse I come up with a new yarn to try and a new project.  The possibilities are endless.

I am a new weaver.  I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of what you can do with raw materials and a floor loom.  That’s the exciting part.  At the end of the day, weaving on my floor loom gives me another way of exploring what I can create with yarn, fabric and color.  Oh, and dishtowels, lots and lots of hand woven dishtowels!

Weaving on my Rigid Heddle

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
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In celebration of National Spinning and Weaving week, we’re highlighting four different WEBS staff members and their spinning or weaving tool of choice. Here, Heidi tells us how the rigid heddle brought her into the world of weaving.

I first started weaving when I took Leslie Ann’s rigid heddle class.  Weaving always intrigued me, but using a rigid heddle as opposed to a floor loom seemed more approachable.  Since then I have taken several rigid heddle classes.  I love using my rigid heddle loom, and it gave me an insight into and familiarity with weaving that encouraged me to try Beginning Weaving, where a floor loom is used.

WEBS sells the Schacht flip loom or rigid heddle in three sizes: 15,” 20,” and 25.”  The 20” and 25” are the most versatile in what you can make with them.  I own a 20” rigid heddle.  These numbers refer to the width of the loom and determine how big projects can be.  Rigid Heddle looms are so named, because the warp yarn is threaded through the heddles, which are rigid and part of the reed.  As a point of interest, the heddles on floor looms are mobile and separate from the reed.  In the floor loom weaving scenario, the threading of heddles determines the pattern, and the reed allows for consistent tension so your project isn’t wavy gravy in one area and wired tight in another (an extreme for illustration purposes).  On rigid heddles, however, the “heddle-reeds” determine pattern and tension since the reed contains the heddles.  These “heddle-reeds” eliminate some steps of warping since there are less parts!  Warping my rigid heddle, which is putting yarn on the loom in a longitudinal direction, takes me about an hour or so, and the weaving part can be done pretty quickly as well.  If I want to make a scarf that wraps around my neck twice, I can warp and weave in about 5-6 hours.  This means you could make a scarf for someone for Christmas or Hannukah in one afternoon!  I don’t know how fast you knit or crochet, but this beats my time for knitting a scarf with interesting detail.

It is so much fun to pick different yarns for the warp and weft.  On the rigid heddle, the reeds come with different dents.  The reed that comes with purchase of the rigid heddle is called a 10 dent reed, and this is good for yarns that are of DK or double knitting weight.  Since I wanted to experiment first before buying additional reeds, I spent a lot of time selecting from the lovely DK section at WEBS.  Some of my choices that worked really well included Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, Noro yarns, Madelinetosh Tosh DK, Abstract Fibers Alto, Rowan Felted Tweed, and even Valley Yarns Northampton, which is a worsted weight but fine enough to use.  Recently, I bought the 8 dent and 12 dent reeds, which are great for worsted weight yarns and fingering weight yarns, respectively.  My options have opened up, and I am very excited to experimenting with more yarns.

Weaving on the rigid heddle can be in plain weave or with a pattern, making use of a pattern stick.  One positive aspect of rigid heddle weaving is that plain weave, where there is no “pattern”, is very quick.  In contrast with floor looms where you must go through a longer warping process whether or not you have a complicated pattern, warping for and weaving plain weave on a rigid heddle is very efficient!  By plain weaving I do not mean your project will be boring.  In fact, plain weave can be very exciting, because not only can you pick from many yarns for warp and weft, you can introduce one weft pick (like a row in knitting) of fiber or yarn as well.  This means that you could have several weft picks then one of a different texture popping up every so often.

I have done a lot of exploration with scarf-making on my rigid heddle.  Scarves are always a good place to start.  There are a myriad of lovely projects to weave besides scarves, such as place mats, table runners, pillows, or fabric for clothing like a skirt!

Spinning on my Ladybug

Monday, October 1st, 2012
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In celebration of National Spinning and Weaving week, we’re highlighting four different WEBS staff members and their spinning or weaving tool of choice. Here, Sara tells us how the Ladybug changed her thoughts on spinning for the better.

I learned how to spin one night with my knitting group 9 years ago. One of our members brought in drop spindles made from dowels, rubber bands and old CDs. We spent a few hours laughing, growling,learning the basics of spinning and plying and we all went home with remarkably wonky mini skeins. At the time I was a busy working mom with 2 toddler girls and not a lot of time to sit still so I thought it would be perfect for me. Unfortunately, I was ignoring how much I detest stop/start progress on any project. I don’t sit down to work on anything unless I can dedicate some serious time and brain resources to it. After a few dismal tries I gave up on the spindle and decided that spinning just wasn’t for me. 

About a year later Schacht introduced the Ladybug. They are adorable and compact, the wheel is the same color as my VW Beetle, I instantly wanted one. A spinning wheel can be quite an investment when you are wholeheartedly interested in spinning and I had already abandoned the craft once so I waited. I would try the wheel out in the store occasionally and think how much I liked it and that I would totally use it but then I would remember the spindle and I’d go back to waiting. Two years ago a friend of mine got a Ladybug and made the mistake of telling me to take it for a spin, I was in love and a few short weeks later my Mathilde came home. (Yes, I named my new Ladybug!)

I spun my way through a pound of fiber the very first evening. I had no plans, no technique to speak of just a desire feel the fiber move through my fingers and become something new. I spun through 3 braids and 1 bat of fiber the next week and watched as the yarn I produced became markedly more consistent and even. I explored long-draw, worsted and spinning from the fold and I liked them all. I liked the WHOLE process because it was a whole process. With a little bit a prep work to the fiber I could sit and spin 1, 2, even 3 whole bobbins in one sitting and with the attached Lazy Kate I could swap a full one for an empty and just keep going! When I was ready to ply all my bobbins were right there ready to go.

I love the compact style and portability of my Ladybug but I love MORE that I can complete the whole process in one spot and almost all at one time.

Check out Sara’s review of the Ladybug in the video below!