Linda Ligon


The Magic of Seven: At What Age Did You Learn to Craft?

Historically, and often out of necessity, children were taught to spin, knit, weave, and do other forms of needlework at a young age. How old were you when you first took needle and yarn in hand?

Linda’s Feed-Sack Dress

Linda Ligon recalls going to the feed store with her mother and shopping for sacks for a feed-sack dress.

Rules for Teaching a Child to Tat

Teaching a child to tat in the oppressive Oklahoma summer heat presents certain challenges. Here are a few rules to keep in mind to make the experience more enjoyable for all involved.

Knitting on Peru’s Taquile Island

If you’re a knitter, and even if you’re not, you’ll marvel at the sight of men in handsome traditional dress strolling along the paths knitting fine, intricate caps.

Welsh Lace

This is a sad story. It’s the story of young love, transatlantic voyages, early demise, heartbreak, a family wrenched apart, and a bit of handmade lace that survived.

Like Disappearing Ink

Here’s the story of how Linda Ligon's son got lost in Tunis and discovered a not-quite-magical cloak.

Wee Work: Tiny Embroidery Stitches

I have here on my desk a tiny piece of Miao cross-stitch embroidery from Guizhou Province, China, that is worked at 34 stitches—cross-stitches!— to the inch.

We Can't Weave Well Enough Alone

Linda Ligon wrote this poem and read it during the Schacht Spindle Company's 50th anniversary celebration in September 2019. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Spin Off, Handwoven & PieceWork Come Home

Since beginning her independent craft publishing project in 1975, Linda Ligon saw the weaving, spinning, and needlework magazines move to bigger and bigger offices. But there’s no place like home.

Not So Everyday Objects from Weldon’s

Victorian and Edwardian women, those with the leisure to make things by hand, had a different view of what textiles were necessary in their daily lives or what was worth their creative effort. . . .