Fine Fiber Press & Studio

Publishing Books on Tapestry Weaving, Felt Making and Related Fiber Arts Since 1999.
Source for tapestry, felting and needlefelting supplies.
Classes in tapestry, feltmaking and related fiber arts; taught by Kathe Todd-Hooker, Pat Spark and invited teachers.
Wholesale prices available for vendors and bulk orders.

 

 
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 Awls. Used by tapestry weavers for moving warp threads, and other processes that require a strong but pointed object.  These come with cork protection.  After you get it, rub the point a bit on cement or a brick to make it less sharp so that it won't penetrate your warp or weft threads.  US$6.00 each plus shipping. (no wholesale)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathe's Special Beater. (Sorry, no photo available .) Kathe has found a great beater for tapestry: a fork with weighted washers! She is having these manufactured locally. Let us know the warp sett you require so we can better fit the beater to your needs. Cost: US funds $6.00 plus s/h. (no wholesale at this 
time.)

   Loom Easel.  This is a wonderful way to hold smaller tapestry looms while you sit comfortably at a table.  Perfect for pipe looms.  Folds up for traveling and has a drawer to hold your tapestry tools and yarns.  Cost:  US funds $90 plus s/h (no wholesale at this time)

Grattoir.  Grattoirs are the French version of the comb used to push the weft into position for tapestry. A Grattoir will place the weft with enough slack (bubble) that it will easily cover the warp. It is used in conjunction with the beater, not to replace it. We have found a talented machinist to make these Grattoirs for us out of stainless steel. We have them available in two sizes, three tooth spacings and two surface finishes. Kathe has found that she likes the feel of the textured finish. Each size and tooth can be ordered in either finish, but you must allow extra time for the manufacturing.
Small Grattoir
is 3mm (1 3/16th inch) across at its widest point. It tapers for ease of holding. Length is 7.5 mm (2 15/16th inch).
                Fine Tooth =
10 spaces in 3 mm (10 spaces in 1 3/16th inch) (textured stainless steel)
                Medium Tooth=
5 spaces in 3 mm (5 spaces in 1 3/16th inch) (polished stainless steel)
Large Grattoir
is 5.5 mm (2 3/16th inch) across at its widest point. It tapers for ease of holding. Length is 7.5 mm (2 15/16th inch).
                Large Tooth = 5 spaces in 5.5 mm (5 spaces in 2 3/16th inch).    Small $20 retail plus shipping and handling  Large $40 retail plus shipping and handling.  No wholesale at this time.

 

Bobbin Chart

Here is a comparison of the various bobbins we sell, 1/9/2011.  Notice the ruler along the left side to help you figure out the size of the bobbins.

New BobbinsWe have two new bobbins.  The "Fairy" is a lighter weight, small bobbin (approx. 3.75 inches long) with a large bulb.  This makes the bobbin easier to hold for people with arthritic hands. The "Petite" is a small bobbin, similar to the Swedish-style bobbin, but smaller, about 3.5 inches.  They are great for adults with small hands or children.  See photos of these bobbins above compared to the other bobbins above.  Retail: $6 each plus shipping and handling. Wholesale:  $4.00 each for 20 or more plus s/h.

 

Picklet Bobbin. Combination awl and bobbin designed by Kathe Todd-Hooker.  Many people find it a handy tool to use as a non breakable pick. Made of hand tooled aluminum, with a drilled hole so it can hang from the loom with a cord.  Two sizes available: 3.5 inches long and 4.5 inches long.  US $12 each plus shipping. (no wholesale)

 Left: Long and short picklets shown beside one of our locally made Swedish-style bobbins.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Locally Made (Swedish style) Bobbins.  Wooden tapestry bobbins from a woodworker in Oregon.  These are well-made and will not break easily like the ones we were carrying from Sweden. Kathe has found that these bobbins are easier to get through small sheds and work wonderfully for both small and large format work.  Retail: $6 each plus shipping and handling. Wholesale:  $4.00 each for 20 or more plus s/h.

Left: Swedish-style bobbins.

 

 

Left: American made Brassy Bobs.

American-made Brassy Bobs. Wooden bobbins with brass on the tips so they can be used as awls as well as bobbins. Made of Southeast Dogwood.  Two sizes: Five inch (US $17) and seven inch (US $18).  Plus shipping/handling. (no wholesale)

 

 

 

 

Left: Aubusson style Bobbins.

Aubusson style Bobbins (Bones).  These American made bobbins are used by people weaving tapestry on horizontal warps.  Retail: $6 each plus shipping and handling. Wholesale:  $4.00 each for 20 or more plus s/h.

 

 

 

Left: English style Tapestry Bobbins.

English style tapestry bobbins.  These bobbins are based on the ones favored by tapestry weavers in the UK. 
           Medium bobbin = 5.25 inches long, thread shank is 2.125 inches long.
           Large bobbin = 6.50  inches long, thread shank is 2.75 inches long.   
Medium bobbins: Price retail $6.00 each
Wholesale:  $4.00 each for 20 or more plus s/h.
Large bobbins: Price retail $7.00 each  Wholesale: $5.00 each for 20 or more plus s/h. 

 


Left: Japanese-Style Shuttles.

Japanese-style ShuttlesThese shuttles are fashioned after some that a friend of Kathe's had gotten in Japan.  They work well to hold thread for people who have difficulty holding tapestry bobbins, or just because some folks would rather have their threads on a shuttle than on a bobbin.  As of 1/9/2011, these bobbins are made from a stronger, laminated wood.  The smaller shuttle is 3.5 inches long and the larger one is 6 inches long.  Retail: The shuttles are $5 and $7 respectively plus s/h.  No wholesale at this time.

 

 

Tapestry Grid Tablets
30 pages, 15 large and 15 small sett grid; place for notes on the back side. Great for diagramming weft faced plain weave patterns, figuring out hachures and hatches, etc. Teachers, these are a good tool for teaching pick and pick and other weft faced patterning. Cost: US funds $8.00 (Shipping and Handling:$3.67 inside USA and Canada, $8.50 outside North America)  Wholesale: Purchase more than 19, unit price is $5.00.

 

 Left:   Thread Snips

Special Thread Snips
These snips have 1.25 inch blades and fit snuggly in the hand for greater control when cutting threads near a tapestry.  They are very sharp, but because they handle so well you have less danger of cutting a warp or some vital part of the textile. The internal spring opens them once you cut. Works just like a small pair of spring-loaded scissors.  All steel.  Cost: US funds $7.00 (Shipping and Handling:$3.67 inside USA and Canada, $8.50 outside North America)  (no wholesale)

 

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