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.
For over twenty-five 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. In 2012, I started offering my kits through retailers across the U.S.
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 2021 include a new Huck lace scarf for 4-shaft looms and Shadow weave towels for 8 shaft looms 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.
Forsyth the Fox joins the Swatch Critters kits herd for Zoom Loom! There are 15 soft, huggable critters plus 8 kits in the Holidays Line. I also offer patterns only on retired Critter kits and 2021 features 15 patterns.
Check them all out on the Swatch Critters page!
Returning for 2021 - Tapestry kits! Free Form Tapestry is great fun and a low pressure way to learn tapestry weave. Kits are available as either complete with yarn, instructions, frame and weaving tools or as the yarn/instructions only for those who already have a loom. Weave your own "Sunset over the Garden"
Photo by Perry Backus
Deb Essen is an inducted member of the Montana Circle of American Masters in Folk and Traditional Art
The rigid heddle kits feature Mountain Colors hand painted yarns, Lunatic Fringe Tubular Spectrum cottons and American Maid natural colored cottons, tencel and 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 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.
Please see the Teaching page for full schedule for 2021 and descriptions of the classes Deb teaches.
In 2020, Deb added a number of options for On-line classes and guild presentations. She is continuing to offer on-line classes through 2021 (and likely beyond). On-line classes are a great economical way to bring Deb in for teaching with your guild or your shop.
Looking for classes in your shop or guild? Contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a date!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all in person shows have been delayed to 2022. Watch this space for future updates!
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.
Welcome to dje handwovens!