Swatching makes it easy to try out your ideas risk-free and unleash your creativity in new and wonderful ways. A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching by Liz Gipson will help you tap into your inner designer and make you a better, smarter, and more joyful weaver. If you are unsure what yarn to use or how your colors will work, this method will help you gain confidence.
This book outlines the purpose of making a swatch and how to create tiny weavings on a frame loom, specifically a Swatch Maker Loom, which comes in the setts weavers use. The information applies to any frame loom, or you can use the same method to make small weavings on the loom you already use, to test your ideas before you warp up a large project.
Softcover, Spiral-Bound, 49 pages, Yarnworker (2017), 8.5 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches.
Step-by-step instructions on how to set up and weave a swatch on a frame loom
Tips, techniques, and tools that help you get faster results
Complete finishing information
A method for creative decision making
Tips for designing your own projects
Ideas for organizing and using your swatches
A pattern for cute color wheel cupcake pincushions
Print version is 49 pages, full color, 8-½” by 5-½”, spiral bound with step-by-step photographs.
"A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching is bursting with tips, tricks, and shortcuts to help you get the cloth you want every time. If you want to be a better weaver, read this book!” —Jillian Moreno, author of Yarnitecture
“As a beginner weaver who has never swatched, I’m totally convinced! Not only has this book made me eager to play by swatching, it’s taught me so much about weaving in general. An invaluable reference book and source of inspiration!” —Kim Werker, author of Make It Mighty Ugly
We're particularly fond of this table-top yarn swift because it's made in the USA by Beka, a family-owned workshop in Minnesota, making wooden toys, furniture and looms for more than 40 years.
Beka's Natural Hard Maple Yarn Swift features durable metal bearings (also made in the USA) for a consistently smooth winding process. It accommodates a wide range of skein sizes (28" to 72") and yarn types (thin to bulky), sits conveniently on any table top, and eliminates table scratching caused by clamps used to secure other types of swifts.
Ideal for winding twist skeins into balls by hand or with hand-cranked mechanical winders. Electric winders should be used only at low speed.
Assembly is simple and takes just a few minutes; no tools required.
Weight (assembled): 3.4 lbs.
Dimensions (assembled): 19-5/8" high x 28" wide at the bottom base