Here’s where I go to shop:
Webs Located in Massachusetts, they have an enormous stock on hand. I’ve been using them since the days when we’d get samples every month. I like they way they allow customers to rate the yarn and give feedback on how to use it. I mostly use Webs when I’m ready to order a lot and can take advantage of their large-order discounts. (Ummm.. I don’t eat out, don’t buy Starbucks, I save all my money for yarn!)
Yarn Barn of Kansas They are a lot like Webs, but not quite as big. I like how they explain how the yarns, and give excellent advice.
Cotton Clouds Irene Schmoller is one of the sweetest people I know, and she’s been selling cotton yarns for over 30 years. Her yarns are exquisite, and you’ll find a lot of information on organic cotton, dying cotton, and even how to spin it.
Halcyon Yarns A little more expensive, but you know it will be quality.
Craftsy They’re known for their online classes, and they also have beautiful yarns. I pretty much get what’s on special clearance. You can get very nice yarns when you buy the colors that are out of season.
Hillcreek Fiber Studio Another source run by a really nice person. Carol Leigh is best known for her triangular loom. You might want to check it out!
My Favorite Yarns
Size 4 worsted
I like it because it’s not too expensive, comes in lots of colors, and it’s easy to find!
Books for Beginners
by Rachel Denbow, and published by Interweave Press.
Written by Maryanne Moodie, this book is a treat for the eyes and a great inspiration for new weavers. Maryanne Moodie is a well known weaver who has taught worldwide. If you want the most modern approach to weaving, this is a good book for you.
I referred to this little gem of a book all the time.
It’s simply a book of lists and explanations of yarn terms, measurements, and guides for planning your weaving projects. Nothing fancy, just a great reference.
It might be small, but worth every penny. I’ve had my copy since 1985, and the reference tables are timeless. It explains all types of yarns and fibers and how to plan them into your weaving projects. The last update was 2013, so it’s just as relevant now as ever.
If you’re serious about weaving, sooner or later you’ll need this magazine! I’ve subscribed ever since I first learned to weave in college, I have every edition since 1980. I was even in one of the issues! I have every one on my bookshelf and refer to the old issues often. Weaving is an ancient art, we can think of new ways to have fun with it, but everything we make is timeless.
It features three kinds of small looms:
Pin looms have tiny little pins around all four edges, and have a unique way of weaving simple block of cloth.