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Fiber Word Nerds: Origin of the Word Sleazy

Today on BeWeave It, we’re bringing you some fun fiber-related etymology! Wherever you happen to fall on the political spectrum, the word “sleazy” has probably crossed your mind when thinking of one or two of this year’s batch of presidential candidates. It’s such a good word for what it describes, calling to mind some kind…

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Floating Selvedges: To Wind Or To Hang?

Hi Madelyn I live in New Zealand and have an 8-shaft dobby loom. I have asked many weavers about floating selvedges and get lots of different answers. Do you wind it on the back beam with the warp and weight it or do you hang it over the back with a weight on it? Looking…

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How to Expand Your Weaving Comfort Zone

The end of this month of May will mark my five-year anniversary with Handwoven. It’s hard to believe that when I started, I had just one weaving class under my belt and couldn’t imagine owning a floor loom any time soon, much less two. I knew I loved weaving, and I was excited to explore…

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Letting the Sun In: The Textiles of Marian Clayden

In many ways, the musical Hair defined the esthetic of 1960s counterculture, bringing colorful tie-dye, rich textiles, and, yes, some nudity into mainstream success. Today, April 29, marks the 48th anniversary of the musical Hair premiering on Broadway back in 1968. Just last year we lost Marian Clayden, the great designer who created the textiles…

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Support Mayan Weavers Shaping a Better Life

I like to think of weaving as connecting people across time and space, uniting everyone who has ever marveled to see fabric taking shape in the mingling of warp and weft. We all love to weave, but for some weavers, the art is about more than pleasure. It’s about empowerment, an escape from extreme poverty…

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Ask Madelyn: Dräll Pulleys or Countermarch?

Hi Madelyn I am thinking of turning my 4-shaft counterbalance loom into eight shafts by adding a dräll pulley system. I am told that this would mean I can only weave on opposites. Is this correct and what does this mean? Will I be restricted in my choice of patterns/designs? Many thanks, –Jacqui Hi Jacqui!…

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Ask Madelyn: How To Sley Floating Selvedges

    Hi Madelyn, I have just delved into the May/June 1989 issue of Handwoven that my Aunt Liz passed down to me when I started weaving a few years back. I have decided to get out of my plain-weave rut and try to do the waffle weave “Sunny Towel Set” by Margaretha Essen-Hedin on page 47. The draft calls…

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Textiles Made from Fungal Mycelium

Since Earth Day is this week, we have a little bit of an unusual BeWeave It for you today! Did you know it’s possible to make fungal textiles? Click here to check it out! Most of us are accustomed to thinking about mushrooms as food, but in an effort to create new, creative, sustainable textiles, many designers are…

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Combing the Shelves for Inspiration

Recently, I was figuring out the numbers for a set of handwoven dish towels. I wanted something quick and easy, so I decided on doing a solid white warp in 8/2 cotton and warping for a 4-shaft Finnish twill (the fancy name for Ms and Ws). White goes with every color, and the threading sequence…