Deb Essen is the author of "Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps" as well as several DVD videos. All DVD's and book are available on Interweave Press.

Deb Essen will be teaching at:

Salem Weavers Guild
Salem, OR

March 6-9, 2019 (Summer and Winter 2 day workshop)

Chattahoochee Weavers Guild
Atlanta, GA
April 5-7, 2019 (Supplemental Warps Workshop)

Yadkin Valley Fiber Center
Elkin, NC
September 6-7, 2019 Color and Weaving
September 8-9, 2019 Weaving with Supplemental Warps workshop
Visit for more info!

Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design
Portland, OR
October 4-6, 2019
Pin Loom, Color and Weaving and Summer and Winter. Visit for class sign ups!

Already scheduling classes for 2020 and beyond!

Looking for classes in your shop or guild? Contact Deb at to schedule a date!

Indy Dyers Line

For over twenty years I have been discovering the magic of weaving. In 2004, I completed and passed, the Handweavers Guild of America Certificate of Excellence, Level 1 in Handweaving. In 2010, I created dje handwovens, designing textiles for kits for handweavers. In 2011, I teamed up with Mountain Colors yarns as their exclusive weaving designer.

Specializing in overshot name drafts (woven secret messages) 

  • My weaving kits feature:

  • Pre-measured and wound warps

  • All the weft yarn

  • Detailed instructions and drawdown drafts

  • Tips and tricks for weaving

Kits for  2 shaft/rigid heddle through 8 shaft looms. New kits for 2019 include 100% silk scarf and hemp towels joining our returning kits. Check out the natural color cotton yarns. These yarns get darker with washing! Go to the page for 2, 4 & 8 shaft kits.

Kits for all looms

If you would like to carry dje handwovens kits in your shop, please contact me at for a catalog and price list.

TNNA Summer Show 2019
June 19-23, 2018 Cleveland, OH

Booth # 544. Come see the NEW Tapestry kits!

Swatch Critters

Deb Essen is an inducted member of the Montana Circle of American Masters in Folk and Traditional Art

Have questions about putting pre-measured warps on your rigid heddle?

Check out my instructional video on You Tube: Warping your rigid heddle loom

Introduced in 2016, the Indy Dyers Line celebrates the small (1-2 person) Indy Dyers creating small batches of beautiful yarns. In 2019 we are featuring a new rigid heddle kit featuring Teresa Ruch Designs hand dyed Tencel and a return of "Anthology" featuring Raven Ridge Fiber Arts  yarns.  Check out the Indy Dyers kits page!

 Rigid Heddle Kits

dje handwovens kits are designed for beginners and experienced weavers using Zoom Looms (4" pin looms), rigid heddle and multi-shaft looms.

Learn a new weave structure, enjoy the convenience of having everything you need for a project ready to go on the loom and stretch your weaving budget without having to buy more yarn than you need. I like to call it "instant gratification" weaving.

dje handwovens kits are sold only through retail shops. 

To locate a shop near you or an on-line retailer carrying dje handwovens kits, please click the button.

dje handwovens kits for handweavers

Three new critters join the Swatch Critters kits for Zoom Loom! There are now 16 soft, huggable critters for 2019 plus 3 new kits in the Holidays Line.  I also offer patterns only on retired Critter kits and 2019 features 13 patterns.  
Check them all out on the Swatch Critters page!

The rigid heddle kits feature Mountain Colors hand painted yarns, Lunatic Fringe Tubular Spectrum cottons and American Maid natural colored cottons,  and now hemp!  All kits come with a pre-wound warp ready to go on your loom, weft and detailed instructions plus tips/tricks for weaving on your rigid heddle and knitters looms!

"It's magic!" This was my reaction as a 9-year-old watching a handweaver for the first time. How else could she create those beautiful designs in the cloth by simply pushing some pedals on the loom and throwing some yarn back and forth.
Since then, I have learned the magic lies in the skilled hands and creative mind of the weaver.

Thank you for visiting dje handwovens and may you weave long and prosper!

Deb Essen

Photo by Perry Backus

TNNA Winter Show 2019

February 1-3, 2019 Portland, OR
Stop by and see the new kits for 2019 (and a couple new surprises!) Cash & Carry on selected kits.

Contact us:
1572 Blue Lupine Lane Victor, MT  59875
​Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mountain Time