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

Deb Essen

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

The Mountain Colors Yarns line has new designs and new color ways for 2017! The Mountain Colors Yarns line now features designs in multiple colorways and weave structures--including kits designed especially for rigid heddle and knitters loom weavers!

TNNA Winter Show 2017

January 21-23, San Jose, CA

Stop by and see the new kits for 2017 (and a couple new surprises!) We'll be at Sample It and accepting Buyer's Bucks.

dje handwovens kits for handweavers

TNNA Summer Show 2017
June 10-12, Columbus, OH

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:

Fiber Rhythm
Portland, OR,
October 5-8, 2017
Contact Fiber Rhythm for class sign up!

Rogue Valley Weavers Guild
Ashland, OR
April 21-22, 2017 (Supplemental warps workshop)

Yarn Barn of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
May 20-21, 2017 (Supplemental Warps Workshop)

Contact Yarn Barn of Kansas for class sign up!

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

Introduced in 2016, the Indy Dyers Line has two new kits for 2017! This line celebrates the small (1-2 person) Indy Dyers creating small batches of beautiful yarns. This year we are featuring 2 kits using Raven Ridge Fiber Arts  yarns and a new rigid heddle kit with Sincere Sheep yarns.  Check out the Indy Dyers kits page!

Indy Dyers Line

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

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

"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.

Swatch Critters

dje handwovens kits are designed for beginners and experienced weavers, from rigid heddle to 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.

Photo by Perry Backus

Contact us:
1572 Blue Lupine Lane Victor, MT  59875
406-642-6373 (fax)

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

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 here.

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

 Mountain Colors Kits

Kits for rigid heddle through 8 shaft looms. New kits for 2017 in new colorways, fibers, and designs. Check out the natural color cotton yarns. These yarns get darker with washing! Go to the page for 2, 4 & 8 shaft kits.

A whole new herd of Swatch Critters kits for Zoom Loom! There are now 15 soft, huggable critters plus a Christmas Ornament kit made from Mountain Colors yarns.  Check them all out on the Swatch Critters page!

Kits for all looms

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.