Spring 2019 Meeting @ Bolt

Last week we finally made a group trip over to Bolt to check out their new space on 42nd and folks got a chance to do some show and tells and talk fabric. It’s an awesome location (so close to the crazy anticipated Yonder location, all you mad foodies). What a dangerous combo for this…

PTC Fat Quarters @ Bolt Fabric Boutique

PTC’s 2018 Fat Quarters have just been delivered to Bolt this week! Fresh off the line, our annual small-batch, hand-made, original designs are offered for sale at Bolt on Alberta Street. Come check them out! Techniques include: screen print from paper cuts, screen print from hand-drawn screen fluid, hand-carved block prints, and hand-painted natural, plant…

Making a Spindle, Cord Templates and More

Written by Alice Rotsztain for Portland Textile Club. Thanks to our sponsors for Plarn Lab: Scrap PDX and Make+Think+Code@PNCA. This tutorial will show you how to make a home-made spindle for spinning plarn, 3 types of cording with circle templates, and other useful accessories for using with plarn. Download the laser-cut file (with instructions) for […]

Making the Box Loom

Written by Alice Rotsztain for Portland Textile Club. Thanks to our sponsors for Plarn Lab: Scrap PDX and Make+Think+Code@PNCA. This tutorial will show you how to make the Box Loom, a cardboard-box loom made from trash, featuring a rigid heddle. First, Find the Right Box The most important step of making the Box Loom is…

Making the Tablet Loom

Written by Alice Rotsztain for Portland Textile Club. Thanks to our sponsors for Plarn Lab: Scrap PDX and Make+Think+Code@PNCA. This tutorial will show you how to make the Tablet Loom, a custom cardboard loom for plarn. Cutting the Loom Pieces You have two options for cutting the pieces: laser cutting or hand cutting. 1. Laser…

Getting Started with Plarn in Textiles

Written by Alice Rotsztain for Portland Textile Club. Thanks to our sponsors for Plarn Lab: Scrap PDX and Make+Think+Code@PNCA. Updated 4/06/2019: Made some corrections and updates after I learned more about plastic reuse and recycling from the Metro Master Recycling program. This article will cover using plarn (plastic fiber) for textiles. Plarn is quite versatile,…

Plarn Lab

UPDATE (11/05/2018): Thanks so much to all the awesome participants! We had a blast with you at Plarn Lab. Here’s articles and resources collecting everything we learned during our plarn R&D, including tutorials and files for making your own tools. Getting Started with Plarn in Textiles Making the Tablet Loom Making the Box Loom Making…