Weaver's PlayBox #3 ~ Fine Blends

The Weaver's PlayBox is a collaboration with Liz Gipson of Yarnworker: a box filled with yarn, project inspiration, and helpful tips created especially for beginner and intermediate rigid heddle weavers.

This third box is appropriate for the advanced beginner who is ready to tackle new fibers. We assume you have woven a couple of projects, feel comfortable with basic weaving vocabulary, and are ready for a challenge.

The projects require a rigid heddle loom with at least 10" of weaving width, a 12 or 12.5 dent heddle and a stick shuttle or boat shuttle. The pattern is easily adaptable to wider fabrics. 

Weaver's PlayBox # 3 Includes:

  • Echoview Fiber Mill Lapidary in Smokey Quartz  ~ fingering weight, 3-ply 50% merino/50% tencel, 400 yd per 3.5 oz skein, 1813 yd/lb
  • Sweet Georgia Yarns Merino Silk Lace in Wisteria ~ lace weight, 2-ply 50% merino/50% silk, 765 yd per 3.5 oz skein, 3,497 yd/lb
  • Swans Island Sterling in Amethyst ~ lace weight, 3-ply, 85% merino/15% naturally black alpaca, 525 yd per 3.5 oz skein, 2,400 yd/lb

Including in the box is a pattern that explores a nifty cramming technique to create texture and colorwork with fingering and ultra lace yarns to light-as-air fabrics. The generous yardage of each 3.5 oz skein will allow you to make three scarves, one is an infinitely versatile “skinny scarf”; a scarf and a stole; or a shawl—all generous in length for wrapping up on chilly summer night or air-conditioned spaces. Narrower widths can be seamed together using an open lacy stitch to create wider fabrics. 

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      G.M.
      Beautiful yarns

      I have not started the project yet , but what I can say is the yarn is beautiful with an amazing depth of colors . Considering the expense of the yarn I don’t want to rush into using it .

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      S.M.

      Nice yarn, but no pattern(s) or indication as to how to get pattern(s). Major disappointment.

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      J.C.
      Not good value overall

      The yarn is beautiful, but I was disappointed in the lack of versatility of this product. You do not receive a printed pattern - rather a beautifully illustrated pdf with many photos that I had to pay Staples to print. Second, there were no options for alternate patterns in case the weaver decided the rigid heddle ones were not workable. Even basic guidelines for using the yarn on a 4 shaft loom would have been appreciated. (when I asked for such an option I did not receive a reply)

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      B.B.
      Made two lovely scarves and a cravat

      As a beginning weaver with no experience in fiber arts, I need a lot of instruction. This kit was perfect. I learned a lot from Liz Gipson’s excellent, clear instruction manual, and Christine at GIST answered my other questions. I’m proud enough of my scarves and cravat to give them as gifts to my family. The yarn is beautiful and I appreciated learning about the mills that produce it. Thanks, GIST and Yarnworker!

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      S.V.E.
      Absolutely huggable

      I have to confess that I haven’t actually started the project yet, as I have a couple in the queue ahead of it, but I love this yarn so much. I pick it up and squish it every time I look at it. Someone in my family is going to be very happy with the finished product