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Have a question, just ask Madelyn! Each week Madelyn van der Hoogt answers your questions on weaving, looms, and handwoven cloth. Want to learn how to weave a tabby border around twill? Ever wondered what, exactly, tabby is? Madelyn has the answers to these questions and much, much more. Explore the archives or ask your own question by emailing Madelyn at madelynv@interweave.com.

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Ask Madelyn: Tied Overshot Draft

Hi Madelyn! I was just reading your article on Tied Overshot (“The Draft: Tied Overshot,” Handwoven May/June 2014, pp. 16–18). Maybe I am missing something, but it doesn’t look like the drawdown and the treadling match in Figure 2, page 16. —Sheila Dear Sheila, You are so right, and the treadling in the figure is…

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Ask Madelyn: Tabby and Temple for Weaving Overshot

Hi Madelyn! I want to create placemats using Murphy’s “Diaper” Weave on page 115 of Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. The instructions say to use tabby, so does this really make it an overshot pattern that is reversible? Would I be best to use the weft yarns for this tabby or the warp yarns…

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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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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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Ask Madelyn: How to Sett Turned Taquete

Hi Madelyn! I want to design some towels in turned taqueté, which I have not woven before, but I love the possibilities with patterning. The only problem is I have no idea how to sett the warp using 8/2 cotton. I’ve looked at a few different projects online and in the magazine and each one…