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Come along with us as we explore the possibilities of weaving, search for the latest weaving trends (and explore old ones), and keep up to date on the newest weaving news. Learn fun weaving trivia with BeWeave It and get your weaving questions answered by Madelyn van der Hoogt in Ask Madelyn. We’ll also share with you the latest giveaways and give you a peak behind the scenes here at Weaving Today.

BeWeave It

Weaving at Age 104

I have a hard time starting new skills. I know it’s crazy, as I’m only 25, years old, but I sometimes feel that it’s too late for me to really get good at anything I’m not already good at. Obviously this is my mind playing tricks on me. After all, I have already learned so…

AskMadelyn

How to Handle Unused Shafts

Hi Madelyn, What do I do if I want to weave a 4-shaft pattern on my new 8-shaft loom (Mighty Wolf)? I thought that I would just ignore four of the shafts. However, some of the weaving websites indicate that there can be an issue (although they did not elaborate what the issue was) if…

AskMadelyn

Designing with Warp Rep

Dear Madelyn, I have been asked to make a cotton rug that is warp dominant with a handpainted warp. I have been researching warp rep, and I am wondering if it would work well to simply have two handpainted warps and weave with the usual thick/thin wefts so that one warp shows on one side…

BeWeave It

Three Weavers: Exhibition in New Mexico

I love the legacy aspect of weaving so much, especially learning about the women and men who have paved the way for today’s generation of weavers. This October, as part of the Taos Wool Festival, Weaving Southwest will be honoring three iconic New Mexico weavers who have passed on in the last ten years. Joan…

BeWeave It

Fiber Art Show: New Threads by Nora Fok

Fiber art enthusiasts in England—this event is for you! The rest of us will just have to look at the pictures and dream. The Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire has invited Nora Fok to show a selection of her new work in a special exhibition, New Threads. The exhibition will continue through October 23, 2016, so…

AskMadelyn

Weaving to Square

Hi Madelyn! I keep seeing the instructions “weave to square” in Handwoven projects and I’m not sure exactly what that means or how to weave to square. Can you help? —Mary Ann Hi Mary Ann! I think I might have addressed this before, but it is worth a bit more attention. “Weaving to square” usually means…

BeWeave It

What is a Rebozo?

When I was a little girl, I had an American Girl Doll, as did so many other girls born in the 1990s. Mine was a doll called Josefina. She represented the history of New Mexico under Mexican rule, from the early 1800s. I loved Josefina’s gorgeous dark hair, her soft moccasins, and the pretty colors…

AskMadelyn

Winding a Warp with Complex Color Order

Hello Madelyn, In the March/April 2016 issue of Handwoven, pages 30-32 (Ozark Quilter Towels), there is a Warp Color Order for Towel #1 and a Draft. I don’t understand what colors correspond to the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the Draft. Also, if there are two threads per dent in the reed, does…

BeWeave It

Weaving Exhibition in New Mexico: Cordelia Theimer Gardella

Weavers in New Mexico: here’s a weaving exhibition you won’t want to miss! September’s featured artist at Weaving Southwest in Arroyo Seco (near Taos) is Cordelia Theimer Gardella. She is a tapestry weaver and photographer whose work “examines open landscapes and the responses they evoke,” according to her website. Weaving Southwest will be exhibiting a…

AskMadelyn

How to Modify Weaving Drafts for Yarn Substitutions

Hi Madelyn! I want to use the Rose and Compass draft in the November/December 2014 issue of Handwoven to weave napkins using Maurice Brassard’s 8/2 Cottolin (the article calls for 10/2 unmercerized cotton). I want to end up with napkins about the same size as in the article (20-1/2″) when they are finished and hemmed.…