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Let’s Talk About Weaving and Our Garden in Late Summer!

It’s been 25 years since I did some weaving and I’d forgotten how much fun it is! l got this loom for 635 NOK (approx. $70) in an Arts and Crafts store in Oslo in the end of August, and I have been working on this scarf sporadically since then.

The loom was pretty easy to set up and there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to work with Rowan’s Felted Tweed for my first scarf. I really think that this yarn is perfect for weaving, and is making my scarf look so beautiful, with all these sumptuous colours and luxurious feel! It really looks like a fabric that would be fit for one of those legendary and incredibly expensive Chanel tweed jackets!

I still have no idea of the loom’s name in English, but I am sure that now that I’ve asked about it, someone will help me out with this. If you know the name in English, please leave a comment. By the way, in case you are wondering, in Norwegian it’s called a “grindvev”.

Edit September 16th: Thanks to everyone who pitched in with your two cents! We now have found out that this is a back strap loom using a Rigid Heddle.

And in case you are wondering which colours I am using in Felted Tweed, here they are:

00200 Barbara

0167 Maritime

145 Treacle

0197 Alabaster

We are hoping to get lots of positive feedback on this project, as we really want to do a few tutorials on this. We’d love to show you how to set this up and how easy it is to create something with this loom! So, if you really like the idea of seeing a few tutorials on weaving on our YouTube channel next year, make sure to comment here, as well as on Instagram and on Facebook and hopefully, we will get something recorded when we return from our autumn / winter tour.

This week, on our YouTube Channel, we take you back to our garden to show you what it looks like in the end of summer / beginning of autumn. At this time of the year, we have a great number of lilies and phloxes in bloom, as well as lots of berries. People who visit us right now, in the middle of september, are very surprised to see that our garden is still very much in bloom. Since everything bloms later here and lasts longer, we expect to till have a beautiful carpet of flowers when the first frost start arriving, in the end of October.


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NEW!! COME JOIN US IN FREEPORT, MAINE! November 23rd – 24th, 2019. We are delighted to announce that we will be spending two days at the award winning hotel, the  Harraseeket Inn in downtown Freeport, to teach 4 classes that will leave inspired with new knitting techniques and design ideas. This event is organised by Grace Robinson & Co. Click here for more information.

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IN OUR WEBSHOP THIS WEEK: Lot’s of people have been delighted that we posted our new Christmas Stocking pattern early this year and we are beginning to understand that timing is crucial for projects like this to be completed before Christmas. Therefore, we have decided to bundle up our 2 Christmas Stocking patterns and give you a nice little discount if you purchase this bundle consisting of both Tomte and Nisse Stockings. This offer will be valid until the end of September. Click here for more.

If you are interested in purchasing patterns for the jumper and jacket that we are wearing on this week’s video, just click on the photos below:


Wishing you all a lovely week ahead,

Arne (and Carlos)

    • Sheri Nylund on September 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm


    Please do a tutorial on weaving. It looks like a lot of fun and I have a lot of Rowan felted tweed yarn!

    • Susan on September 14, 2019 at 10:23 pm


    I would love some tutorials on weaving!

    • Pamela Brooks on September 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm


    Oh yes, please do some weaving! I’ve always been curious and would love to learn a new craft!

    • Mary on September 16, 2019 at 2:00 am


    At me is using a rigid heddle to do back strap weaving in your photo, not a rigid heddle loom, that’s a solid 4 sided structure.

    • Joanna on September 16, 2019 at 2:44 am


    I would love to see some veawing , new ideas with some patterns.
    Always so great to watch you on youtube.

    • Maureen Costello on September 16, 2019 at 4:08 am


    Definitely a weaving tutorial. I’m already excited about it!!!

    • Kate Fauller on September 16, 2019 at 4:08 am


    Yes, please do the weaving tutorials. I’ve been sitting here thinking, I need to destash in a HUGE way and weaving would solve that dilemma faster than knitting would. Thank you.

    • C. Mattei on September 16, 2019 at 4:16 am


    Yes, Day Lily…and the green spilling over the water is Lady’s Mantle.

    • Kathleen on September 16, 2019 at 4:40 am


    Yes, do some weaving tutorials. I’m a beginning weaver. as well as a spinner and knitter.

    • Janet Cross on September 16, 2019 at 4:44 am


    Yes, please do a weaving tutorial

    • Pamela on September 16, 2019 at 4:50 am


    Thank you Arne and Carlos for sharing your beautiful garden with us, and looking forward to the loom weaving tutorial.

    • Susan on September 16, 2019 at 4:52 am


    I would very much enjoy hearing more in a tutorial about your weaving,

    • cheryl on September 16, 2019 at 5:00 am


    yes please, I can’t believe the timing, I’ve been researching all the “how to’s” of weaving and would be so excited to see your process!

    • Sarah on September 16, 2019 at 6:19 am


    Just like to say, i love reading your blogs, and all other interesting items. Just brought your knit and crochet garden, yahoo. Will keep me busy untill the kleinkinderen appear 😌.
    Thats to you my family have a good sok supply 😃.
    Dank u wel.💐

    • Marie on September 16, 2019 at 6:36 am


    Love the colors for your scarf. I have a question though. I’ve done a little rigid heddle weaving, not a lot, I’m a beginning beginner. I thought, though, that the weft needed to be a strong yarn, one that wouldn’t break when pulled on and it seems like Felted Tweed would pull apart easily. Thanks.

    1. Reply

      The Felted tweed is working beautifully for this project, we haven’t had any problems, so I suppose that one doesn’t necessarily need a strong yarn as our yarn hasn’t broken at all.

      • Patricia Fear on October 27, 2019 at 8:14 am


      It used to be said that you must always have a strong warp thread for weaving but that is not the case always. It depends on what you are making. For a rug you would need a good strong warp. My weaving instructor used to say “in a temper weave a rug” because you can beat the weft down on the warp, “feeling fragile weave a scarf” as you just shush the weft into place on the warp. If you have a good width across the loom then the strength balance is kept across the warp by the weft thread being the same weight as the warp thread. Take the wool you wish to use for your warp between two hands, wrap it around each of the hand gently and then take your hands apart and just give a pull between each finger and thumb see what happens.

    • Desnee on September 16, 2019 at 7:07 am


    Your scarf looks fantastic. Really love the colour combination. Would love tutorials on weaving. Best wishes from Sydney. As always a tour of your garden is a joy.

    • Michelle on September 16, 2019 at 7:24 am


    I would love to see you do a weaving tutorial. I had a lesson on a very big loom a couple of years ago but haven’t tried weaving since. The loom you are using looks much more manageable (and would take up a lot less room!). Love Rowan Felted Tweed, the colours you are using are gorgeous.

    • Jude on September 16, 2019 at 7:49 am


    You guys live in such a beautiful location and you seem so totally in tune with nature it’s lovely to watch. So inspiring thank you.

    • Aina inger Norris on September 16, 2019 at 8:06 am


    A ‘Grindvev’ is called a Handloom in English

    • Kitty on September 16, 2019 at 8:33 am


    Love the weaving and all your butterflies and bees in the garden. You have such a lovely home and you inspire me to plant some of these wiley plants that attract and nourish the insects.

    • Zen Knitter on September 16, 2019 at 8:36 am


    Love your color selection! Naturally we want you two to add weaving. You are such delightful mentors.

    • Debbie on September 16, 2019 at 8:47 am


    I love your garden – please keep showing it to us. The huge plant that you cut down to the ground each year – it looks very much like an Astilbe to me but I’ve never seen one that big! It’s amazing. The plant tumbling into the water I think is Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis).

    • Dorinda Contreras on September 16, 2019 at 10:22 am


    Beautiful Work Arne!!!! Wow! I’d really love to see a tutorial on weaving too. Those colors are spectacular. The scarf looks like it will be a very cozy scarf when you are done. Thanks so much for sharing with us! You guys are so positive and I appreciate your positive energy so much! Have a SUPER week and show us the finished product please!

    • Kathleen on September 16, 2019 at 11:57 am


    Would LOVE to have the rigid handle loom tutorial!

    • MeMe Fraser on September 16, 2019 at 12:37 pm


    I would love to a tutorial on weaving. I have never tried it but it looking very interesting. Love the colours you have chosen for your scarf.

    • Linda Deutscher on September 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm


    I would love to see videos for the weaving loom, for I have one and would love to learn from some one who has been doing this.

    • Lyn Z... on September 16, 2019 at 12:52 pm


    Your post about weaving and the possibility of tutorials is so timely!! I’v been looking at several looms and woven scarves recently but knew I’d need a visual demonstration before taking the plunge!!

    • Sue James on September 16, 2019 at 1:01 pm


    Delightful garden! Weaving is intriguing…scarf is coming a long and is so handsome! Would love a tutorial. Many thanks. Often wondered why so many knitters/quilters also have gardens…guess we are the people with patience …speaking in years and not wanting immediate gratification! Thank for sharing!

    • Peggy on September 16, 2019 at 1:02 pm


    Yes please! Loom weaving tutorials would be very much appreciated. The colors used for your weaving project are beautiful. And viewing your garden and beautiful Norway is always a pleasure.

    • Judy on September 16, 2019 at 1:05 pm


    Please do a tutorial on weaving. I am struggling with my rigid heddle and a scarf. I am not so brave as you and am using very cheap yarn for my first scarves. I would love to see a tutorial on direct warping. I struggle with this.

    • Stephanie Haberman on September 16, 2019 at 1:45 pm


    Actually guys, your loom looks like a back strap loom using a rigid heddle.

    A Rigid heddle loom is a frame loom that uses a Rigid Heddle.

    They are two different kind of looms. But in this case, they both use a rigid heddle.

    I love weaving on my Rigid Heddle, I make fabric for project bags and clothing. Great fun.

    • sandra on September 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm


    Thank you! I hope that you had a nap on the bench, lovely…
    The red flower near the white tall Veronica is, I think, bee balm in america or bergamont. Some make tea from it.

    • Fiona on September 16, 2019 at 2:23 pm


    Your garden is beautiful! The green plants spilling into the water look like Alchemilla Mollis, also known as Lady’s Mantle, and the butterfly Arne was showing us more closely is a Red Admiral. I saw a Painted Lady too, nearby. It has been a ‘Painted Lady Year’ – hundreds of thousands of them in the UK.

    • Anne Louise Brandly on September 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm


    I have a loom, sitting unused for years. Your tutorials may help me get back into it!

    • Kiki on September 16, 2019 at 3:25 pm


    Weaving! That’s my new love. I use a floor loom. I have not yet tried a table loom, but I have seen the AMAZING things made on one. Very happy to see this news! Safe travels to you guys.

    • Ann on September 16, 2019 at 4:01 pm


    I would appreciate tutorials on the rigid heddle loom! Your scarf looks terrific!

    • Carolyn Sherman on September 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm


    Absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Kelle Merritt on September 16, 2019 at 6:56 pm


    I would love a weaving tutorial. I’ve wanted to learn to weave for awhile now and your scarf is lovely!

    • Vicky Beckwith on September 16, 2019 at 7:20 pm


    Enjoyed your tour of the garden, stunning!!!

    • Barbara Rechtfertig on September 16, 2019 at 8:07 pm


    I am doing some very small weavings- just playing around with a 4 inch loom. I would love to learn more!
    Then we could have a Weaving Cruise!

    • Kara on September 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm


    Yes, please! Please do a weaving tutorial, I am interested in seeing more on backstrap looms. PS: The scarf looks amazing!

    • Deborah Sievert on September 16, 2019 at 9:04 pm


    I have always been intrigued by weaving! I’d love to see a video done by you, Arne! Please feel free to make one for us.

    The scarf you’re weaving is beautiful! I’m quilting a friend’s quilt right now, thinking of weaving!!!
    Deborah Sievert
    Wisconsin, USA

    • Marina Novokshanoff on September 16, 2019 at 9:20 pm


    Your garden is a a tranquil and beautiful dream. Well done!!!!
    The plant with tiny yellow flowers overflowing into the lake in English is called Lady’s Mantle. I love it’s leaves…
    Hugs from Ladner BC, and see you at Knit City on the 10/04/19!

    • Stacia on September 17, 2019 at 10:23 pm


    I also would love a weaving tutorial on the rigid heddle backstrap loom. And your garden is divine! Fun to see familiar plants in bloom. And the butterflies.

    • Ann on September 18, 2019 at 10:48 am


    After weaving looped potholders, am definitely looking forward to your weaving tutorial. We appreciate y’all.💐

    • Carole Mayer on September 19, 2019 at 2:38 am


    You may have fun weaving tiny rugs for you doll house. If not I’m a weaver from Pennsylvania USA and I will weave rugs with fabric strips for you. I will need the sizes. Your area has history of weaving very beautiful rugs from wool yarn and rags. I love watching everything you do!

    • Lisa Moragne on September 19, 2019 at 9:45 pm


    This is a global comment…but since I’ve become a serious yarn worker (knitting, crochet, and needlepoint)…I’ve gained weight due to SO much time sitting down on my tushy. My local knit shop has started a “walk and knit group”…but as I haven’t quite mastered “sight free knitting”…how do you stay in shape, healthy when spending SO much time sitting. My next goal is to master “sight-free knitting”…for others who are interested… there are many videos on youtube…as with everything else, it takes practice:)

    • Annie B. on September 21, 2019 at 1:45 am


    hi guys, that plant at about 2:30 in your video – the flowers look familiar to me, and if the stalk looks similar to bamboo, it might be Japanese Knotweed. It can be very aggressive, and quite a project to eradicate. Just to save yourself some heartache, I’d strongly recommend you look online for some more identifying information.
    Annie B.
    St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

    • Kelly Novak on September 23, 2019 at 2:18 am


    Arne, Your woven scarf is absolutely stunning. Your talents are endless. I always look forward to new tutorials and podcasts from yourself and Carlos. I also enjoy gardening and have always wanted to live near a lake. Your garden is beautiful and the thing I love about it is that it is wild and wooly, not structured. You live in such a beautiful area. Please keep the videos coming and give your darling Freya a hug from one of her fans.

    • Ellayne Hurlbut on September 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm


    Love you are doing weaving. I am currently taking two online weaving classes, Australia and Canada. Canada school has dying too.
    Thank you, your shows make me very happy weekly.

    • Lise on September 28, 2019 at 9:07 pm


    Please do add some weaving videos! I would love to learn how you have set everything up to weave outside in the garden

    • Nicola Anderson on October 13, 2019 at 12:04 am


    Yes please do a weaving post x

    • Amanda Bryant on January 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm


    I would love to see a weaving tutorial! I was lucky enough to receive a rigid heddle loom for Christmas. Thank you xx

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