The week in review, phew!

The week started out well and then WOOSH, I turned around and it was almost over already. A lot of weeks are like that these days. But it doesn't trouble me, as long as the week is well spent.

Autumn is well and truly upon us and the cold has crept in. This does not trouble me either, I am quite fond of cool weather and it inspires me to surround myself with fibre.

We celebrated our son's 18th birthday with much cheer and delightful dishes. I was reminded of the great blessing he is to our family, and what a fine young man he is. It is certainly bittersweet having your children grow up.

I finally launched my newest class, Rigid Heddle Garment Making! I was so thrilled to finish what had become a lengthly undertaking and I was so happy with the end project.

The response has been enthusiastic, as many students have been asking me to put this class together.

In other weaving news, this is what I have on the floor loom. The warp is plain white cottolin and hemp and I'm changing up the cotton weft colours as I go. The draft is an 8 shaft from Carol Strickler's 8 shaft pattern book. It took me ages to get going with this and I had to re-sley the reed THREE times due to silly mistakes. I'm happy to say that the weaving is all going smoothly! I'm making a set of towels.

The threading is rose path and the weaving is very much like an overshot - one pattern pick (red)...

followed by a tabby pick (white). Rather lovely!

I almost forgot, I also have a new Youtube video! The topic is a very popular one - weaver neater edges. 

So yes, a very busy week indeed with lots happening.

I have two new projects in the planning stages. One will be my next Etsy pattern (speaking of Etsy - my sales passed 400 this week and continue to climb!), the other will be a new online class with a difference. You will have to wait and see what the "difference" is, I have a lot of work to do before I reveal more details!

I hope you have had a great week, rich with blessings, family, good health and of course, a good dose of weaving!

Which loom to buy, part 3 - the Floor Loom

It's hard to know where to start the discussion on floor looms for a few reasons. There are many, many types of floor looms available from many different loom companies. Out of the three types of looms I have discussed in this series, a floor loom is the one that requires the most research on the part of the buyer to ensure the right loom is purchased.

There are 3 main types of floor loom available -
* Countermarch

I'm not going to go into the specifics of each loom here, (my Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving course does that) but there are obvious differences between each one that should affect your decision making. 

Lets have a look firstly at the benefits of a floor loom in general:
*Complex patterns can be achieved
*There are many choices for how many shafts, with many looms having upgrades to more shafts later.
*They are large and sturdy pieces of equipment
*They can take long warps and most looms have the ability to install a second warp beam for even longer warps.
*You can weave fast because your feet are operating the treadles, which in turn operate the shafts and there is no need to set the shuttle down in between picks.
*There are many resources available for floor loom weaving, in the form of books, online classes and face to face classes.
*Materials and parts and generally readily available.
*There are so many choices, from a basic 4 shaft to a computerised loom (depends on your budget!)

And, the negatives:
*Many floor looms are large and heavy, so not portable
*Depending on the loom, it can take up a lot of space - so you need to have room to house the loom as well as clearance space so that you can move around the loom for warping etc.
*A floor loom can be very expensive.
*The warping/threading process can be hard on your back.
*Warping is a long process, it takes a while to get used to this fact!

Would I recommend buying a secondhand floor loom? 
Yes and no! If you already have a working knowledge of floor looms so that you can make an educated decision, then absolutely look for a secondhand loom, which can literally save you thousands of dollars.
If you are completely new to floor loom weaving, have never used one and are not familiar with the parts and what they do, I would be very cautious about buying secondhand. Many people sell looms from a deceased estate or similar and they really know nothing about weaving or looms - even whether it is in working order. This can actually work in your favour if you are educated because the vendor may sell cheaply, not understanding the value of what they are selling!

When looking at a second hand loom ask yourself - 
*Does it have all the necessary parts? If not, what is the make of the loom? Are these still made? Am I going to be able to get replacement parts? If the loom is in pieces - when was it last put together? Am I able to put it together? If the reed is rusty, am I confident that I can return it to it's former glory? Am I going to regret this purchase because I have not researched enough? And, so on!

A great way to buy second hand can be through a weaving guild. The loom will generally have been well cared for and in use. The seller may be willing to give you a lesson on setting up. You can try it out before you buy in many cases. They will know the history of the loom. 

Try not to be impatient, wait for the right loom at the right price.

The best advice I can give to someone who is in the market for a new or used loom is DO YOUR RESEARCH! Talk to people, read articles, get advice.

I hope this series has helped you to understand more about different types of looms.

For more on floor loom weaving, check out my free Youtube videos:

Until next time, Happy Weaving!

Anzac biscuit recipe

This recipe was passed down from my husband's Grandmother. There are many Anzac biscuit recipes but I really like this one, and I love to think of my husband's Gran baking these in a warm kitchen on a wood stove.

Yield: About 30 medium sized biscuits

Gran's Anzac biscuits

Golden and crunch, easy to make and delicious to munch on!
prep time: 12 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 27 mins


  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 170 grams (6oz) butter
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water


  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and syrup together.
  3. In a cup, pour the boiling water over the bicarb soda and mix.
  4. Pour water and soda mix into butter mixture.
  5. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Use a dessertspoon to portion out the dough onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave room for spreading in between biscuits.
  7. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes at 160 degrees (C) or 320 (F) 
  8. Allow to cool on tray until firm enough to move to a baking rack.
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Which loom to buy, part 2, The Table Loom

The table loom is often purchased by either rigid heddle weavers on brand new weavers who want to experience working with multi shafts but don't wish to commit to a floor loom.

My second loom purchase was an Ashford 8 shaft table loom. My back issues at the time were very troublesome and I didn't want to invest in a floor loom only to find I couldn't use it. It was a great decision for me at that time.

The table loom is a perfect loom to progress into floor loom weaving - I am grateful for my time on the table loom for this reason, I picked up the floor loom very quickly because I gained a good understanding of multi shaft weaving first. 

Lets look first at the benefits of a table loom:
* Portability. A lot of teachers use them for teaching, as they can fold up the loom (with the weaving still on it!), pack it into a bag and pop it in the car.
*Versatility. Table looms are available from 4 shafts right up to 16 shafts (Ashford make a 16 shaft), making your pattern possibilities huge!
*The levers are easy to learn. You operate the levers (which operate the shafts), throw your pick, place the shuttle down, then beat. Your brain and body don't have to cope with co-ordinating too much.
*My table loom had a swinging beater, which was really easy to use and I liked the action of it.
*The perfect learning tool. I already mentioned this, but it's a stand out feature for me. If I had moved straight to a floor loom I may have found it overwhelming, but the table loom was an excellent preparation.
*They are affordable. Some may not agree with me on this point, but when you compare the price of a floor loom you will see what I mean. My table loom cost approximately a third of the price of my floor loom!
*They are upgradable. You can buy a stand and you can also add treadles, making it more like a floor loom. Many table looms can be bought as a 4 shaft with the ability to upgrade to 8 shafts later on.

Now for a few of the not so positives (just my opinion!):
*It can be difficult to get a good, tight tension for throwing the shuttle. My boat shuttle took a lot of dives through the warp when I had my table loom.
*Moving heddles around can be a bit of a pain. For my loom, I had to collapse the castle and take each individual shaft out to arrange or move heddles. I found this time consuming and a little annoying.
*A table loom doesn't have the strength of a floor loom. It's excellent for scarves, towels, blankets etc but maybe not the best for say, a floor rug.
*When warping, it can be a little tricky to get around. Because my loom didn't have a stand, I had to warp at the kitchen table. The loom was quite big (it was an 80cm) and I found it challenging to find the right positions for both the loom and me so that my back wasn't compromised.
*It can be hard to find information on getting started on a table loom - when I started there was very little help available so there was a lot of figuring out to do. However, a lot of floor loom weaving information is very helpful for a table loom as well.
*The weaving is slower. Because the levers are hand operated, you have to put the shuttle down in between beats.

I have a number of free videos relevant to the table loom, it sure is a popular topic! 

And if you have already taken the leap and own a table loom, my Introduction to Floor Loom Weaving Course is very relevant to you.

I hope this post has helped you. Next time, we will discuss the floor loom.

*I did not receive sponsorship or payment from any companies for this post. Any mention of specific companies or brands are purely my opinion and my desire to share products I use and love.

Table loom, rigid heddle loom, floor loom?

It is so hard to choose a loom when you are brand new to weaving! Without a doubt, the "which loom?" question is the one I get the most. And while I can't tell you which loom is the perfect one for your individual circumstances, I can tell you a little about different types and their advantages/disadvantages.

Lets start with the humble hero that I recommend most often for absolute beginners:


The little champion of the weaving world! That is how I think of this humble loom anyway. I believe it's thanks to this loom we have seen such an enthusiastic resurgence in weaving. 

They come in a variety of sizes, are lightweight and portable, are much more affordable than table or floor looms, are customisable by adding a stand and extra heddles, plus they are simple enough for beginners to get up and weaving quickly. The ability to direct warp means you don't need a warping board to get started. Threading is straight forward and easy. There is very little yarn wastage. You can adapt the loom to weave tapestries.You can even weave 8 shaft patterns on this loom (I've seen it done, but I don't intend to do it myself - waaay too much work for me!)

That all sounds great right? Surely there must be some drawbacks to this loom? 
Well, there are limitations to the rigid heddle loom. The tension, for example, is not like a floor or table loom. Weaving is slower, as you need to put your shuttle down after each pick in order to beat. I mentioned that you can weave up to 8 shafts, but it would take a lot of patience and mucking around that would have me personally reaching for my floor loom in a jiffy (though I realise that not everyone has that luxury!) 
I don't really think of these things as negatives, the rigid heddle loom has too much going for it to warrant any real criticism. What I have listed above are more differences as opposed to negatives.

Want to know more about the rigid heddle loom? You may wish to watch my free Rigid Heddle Loom/Table Loom Comparison video. I also have a huge range of videos for rigid heddle weavers or those interested in starting out on my Youtube channel, so be sure to watch, like and subscribe to ensure you don't miss new videos.

I also have a big range of rigid heddle weaving classes available on my Online Weaving School, I recommend you taking a look!

I hope this article has been helpful to you, next time I will discuss table looms!

*I did not receive sponsorship or payment from any companies for this post. Any mention of specific companies or brands are purely my opinion and my desire to share products I use and love.

Zucchini Bread recipe

Many years ago, my sister in law used to make this bread. It was in the days when the zucchinis from the garden were plentiful and Autumn weather had set in. Baking this bread always brings back very fond memories of that time for me.

Yield: 2 loaves

Veronica's Zucchini Bread

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 15 mins
Moist and delicious loaf, wonderful eaten warm with butter.


  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (baking soda)
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350 Fahrenheit)
  2. Grease and line with baking paper 2 x 14cm x 22cm (5.5" x 8.5") bread loaf tins. 
  3.  Beat eggs until they become pale in colour and fluffy in consistency.
  4. Add the sugar, oil and vanilla. Beat until thick.
  5.  Stir in the grated zucchini
  6.  Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate soda, salt and cinnamon into the wet ingredients. Fold the ingredients together.
  7.  Fold in walnuts, if using.
  8. Pour equal amounts into the 2 tins. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to sit in tins for 5 minutes before turning out onto a baking rack to cool. Lovely to eat warm or cool.
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The sugar content is quite high (though, remember you are making two loaves, not one) and I can imagine that you can substitute or even just reduce the amount, as it is quite sweet anyway. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Towels just for moi!

 I recently completed a project that I undertook just for me. Most of my weaving is for classes, patterns or customers, so to set aside the time to weave something for myself was pretty special!

As you may already know, I make bread for my family. I use kitchen towels to cover the rising dough and to cover the finished loaves as they cool. Perfect! Bread towels were what I needed!

I warped with 22/2 cottolin in natural with a red cotton stripe to accent.

Then I decided on M & W threading and some 2/2 twill variations.

I changed up the colour for each new towel so that some have bold patterns and others subtle.

For this one I changed both the colours and the treadling for a feature border.

To finish off, a little embroidery.

I am very happy with my new set of towels. Being hand woven with quality yarn, I know these will last many years in my kitchen.

How about you? Do you find that you're always weaving or making for someone other than yourself? Perhaps you want to follow my lead and put aside some time to make something special just for you!

Hug Me Cardigan - new pattern!

My new pattern is inspired by the classic "hug me tight" shrugs I used to see some of my elderly clients knitting for their loved ones when I worked in nursing homes.

This cardigan was designed to be a simple but beautiful garment - perfect for those who are just starting out sewing with their weaving. It is also a “no cut” pattern for those who may be nervous about cutting their cloth for the first time. 

I love the way my hand dyed yarn turned out - quite different to what I expected but very much in the style I love. 

Woven with wool and designed to be a light fabric, it is a perfect garment for transitional weather because it's warm without being too warm.

Check out my Etsy shop to find out more about the pattern.

Happy Weaving!

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a most blessed and happy Easter! If you are travelling, keep safe on the roads. 

Christus resurrexit! Vere resurrexit!  

Enjoy the Easter break and I hope you get some time for weaving. I'll be working on this one, which is a new design for my next Etsy pattern. 

See you all soon!

Easy flat bread recipe

When I need bread in a hurry, I make flat bread! It is quick, cheap, easy, and means I can have fresh bread in under an hour. I often serve it as a wrap with salad, meat, dip, falafels - whatever, it's all good! And if you have leftovers, the next day you can toast it into healthy chips for dip or use it as a pizza base.

4 cups plain, unbleached flour
2.5 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
350 - 450ml warm water

Place dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix. Make a well in the middle and add the water, about half at first and increase as you need to. You may not need all the water - it depends on your climate and the dryness of your flour. You want a very moist, but not sloppy dough. Mix until the dough comes together and there are no dry spots remaining. 

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for a couple of minutes, until the dough is soft and supple. Flour or oil the bottom of the bowl and place the dough back in. Cover with a clean tea towel.
Allow to rise for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size. Once again, this time will vary according to your climate.

Once the dough has risen, cut off lumps of dough about as large as the palm of your hand.
On a well floured surface, flatten the dough first with the palm of your hand, turning it over the coat both sides with flour. 
Now roll the dough out until you have a round that will fit in your pan and is quite thin, but not too thin to pick up and transfer to the pan. (I just pick it up with my hands).
Place the round into a preheated, very hot non stick frypan. Do not add an oil - we want a dry fry.
When the surface of the round begins to bubble and puff, turn over to cook the other side. It only takes a minute or two on each side. You may have to adjust the heat as you go to ensure the bread cooks quickly but doesn't burn. Every few rounds, you may wish to  quickly wipe out the surface of the frypan with wet paper towel or a damp cloth as flour can accumulate and start to burn. 

Stack your bread rounds on a plate and cover with a clean towel until ready to use.

My kids love to eat them fresh out of the pan, smothered with butter! If I can keep them out of the kitchen for long enough, I often serve this bread with homemade hommus or labneh.

I would love to do a video to accompany this flat bread recipe sometime, would that interest you? Let me know!

Spring Table Runner Weave Along!

Recently, my Youtube subscriber count passed 12,000 (isn't that amazing?!) I decided that it was a milestone worth celebrating with a weave along. After consulting with my weaving friends, I came up with a design for a Spring Table Runner. I'm thrilled to bits with the ends result!

The weave along starts next week, but the introductory video can be viewed now, and the PDF pattern is available to download, giving you some time to collect your yarns. And if you miss the start, don't worry, you can join in when you're ready.

Make sure you're subscribed so that you don't miss the new videos as I post them, and I will also be sending out newsletter notifications, so be sure to sign up to my email list.

By the way, if you haven't entered the giveaway yet, there is still time!

I hope you can join me, this will be fun!

The week in review, phew!

The week started out well and then WOOSH, I turned around and it was almost over already. A lot of weeks are like that these days. But...