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Handwoven January/February 2015 explores colorful cotton. You'll get 11 projects to try, from table mats, to blankets, to towels, and more!
 
Marian Stubenitsky’s vibrant table squares are lessons in polychrome doubleweave and turned taqueté; Susan Horton’s bed runner glows like fire while prompting us to consider new interpretations of weaving for the home. Trudy Sonia’s luminous tablet and phone pouches invite us to hone our inkle skills; Carol
Reinhold teaches us how to transition colors in her painterly placemats. Towels by Deanna Deeds and Linda Adamson tempt us with saturated colors and intriguing weave structures.

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Recent Issues

  • Handwoven November/December 2014

    This issue of Handwoven celebrates the beauty of a simple and sophisticated weaves. With good yarns, simple weave structures, clean colors and patterns, you will have an elegant weaving you will treasure for years to come.

    In this issue, Elda Kohls explains how to use your warp as a literal canvas for stenciled art. Sara White’s flowing stole and Sarah Jackson’s playful tunic show its potential for color play. Susan Horton’s cheerful napkins and Suzi Ballenger’s graceful wrap add interest with stripes and simple floats. Fields of plain weave set off the spot Bronson of Karen Tenney’s elegant napkins and Diane Carpentier’s striking overshot runner, and Joanne Tallarovic’s striking rep placemats and Judith Yamamoto’s charming ornaments highlight the design potential of warp-faced plain weave. And for a touch of whimsy, Katrina King offers a time traveller’s scarf, Ann Durham and Sally Eyring share ideas for 3-D weaving, and Madelyn van der Hoogt muses on the meaning of tabby.

     

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  • Handwoven September/October 2014

    This issue of Handwoven celebrates weaving for the home. Our annual Weaving Challenge for 2014 was dedicated to home décor weaving, and the winners were found in categories for best table linen, best bath item, best home décor item, and best use of knitting yarns. Not only will you get to see all the great winners in this issue, but you will also get the instructions to recreate these wonderful projects.
     

    You will also get great insight and instruction into weaving for the home. Professional designer and weaver Kelly Marshall will give you designer home décor secrets for brightening up your home. Amanda Cutler will teach you how to make light weight fabrics for curtains. Charlene Schurch and Lea Vennix will take you into a world of household textiles, color, and block weaves.
     

    Plus, enter into the dyeing traditions of the Achi women of San Rafael with Deborah Chandler.
     

    There’s so much to explore in this issue of Handwoven!

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  • Handwoven May/June 2014

    May/June 2014 Designing at the Loom Pinwheels Redux Napkins Christina Garton Zigzag Scarf Deborah Jarchow Departments From the Editor Contributors Letters What’s Happening Goods Media Picks Spotlight Roving Reporters Reader’s Guide: Project Learn More
  • Handwoven March/April 2014

    This issue celebrates weaverly curiosity and the lure of cloth. Discover expert advice from Nancy Arthur Hoskins and Rabbit Goody on how to research and reproduce historic textiles. You'll also join Tom Knisely as he explains how his quest to learn of a nineteenthcentury Pennsylvania weaver led him home again. Plus, the stories of the Spurlock Museum project and the weavers of Timberline Lodge may inspire you to weave for your own community! You will also enjoy 11 projects, inspired by everything from Viking-era artifacts and lush Baroque fabrics to our favorite blue jeans and popular movies. May they beget new weaving adventures for you!

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  • Handwoven January/February 2014

    This issue of Handwoven is devoted to the many faces of silk. From the traditional fine reeled threads to brightly colored recycled sari yarns to honey colored wild silks, there’s a silk project in the magazine for every budget and every loom, including several for rigid-heddle weavers. Learn how silk goes from cocoon to skein and how to take care of your silk fabrics once they’re woven. Weavers Tien Chiu and Beth Ross Johnson share their tips on dyeing and warping fine threads so you can take on any silk project with confidence. Projects include a colorful sari silk runner, an elegant Bronson lace shawl, a his-and-hers bow tie and matching purse set, crackle scarves, and more. Plus, Marilyn Murphy writes about the tradition of weft ikat in Laos and gives instructions for recreating the look of ikat using a simple clasped-weft technique.

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  • Handwoven November/December 2013

    This issue of Handwoven is devoted to one of the most versatile and move loved of all the weave structures: twill. Weavers love twill because it’s always in style, it gives cloth an incredible drape, and it looks far more complicated than it is. This issue features a wide-variety of twills from elegantly simple 4-shaft twills to more complex undulating and network twills. There’s even advice on how to weave twill patterns and cloth with twill properties on a rigid-heddle loom. Plus Rosalie Neilson writes about the history of the kongō gumi, a 16 strand kumihimo braid and gives instructions for braiding different 4-spot patterns on a marudai.

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  • Handwoven September/October 2013

    Get ready for a night on the town with the September/October 2013 issue of Handwoven. Nancy Arthur Hoskins and Marilyn Roberts elegant warp-painted silk Lavendar’s Blue: A Shawl Fit for a Queen (featured on the cover) and Allen Walck’s white and gold twill Bal à Versailles vest are luxurious enough for royalty. Maxine Fontana’s three-tier Sun-Flirty Sundress is fun and fresh as spring while Rebecca Fox’s Shaken, Not Stirred dapper men’s waistcoat is perfect for formal events and more casual evenings out alike. Other projects include an Art-Deco Infinity Wrap by Laura Wilson-Gentry, a sparkling rigid-heddle scarf with matching kumihimo necklace by Linda Gettman, a colorful pin-loom woven tote bag by Marcella Edmund, and a pinwheel Twinkling Stars Skirt by Sandra Staff-Koetter. Also, in this issue’s Yarn Lab, Sara Bixler gives her tips and advice for using yarn with color-spun repeats. If you’re looking for an outfit or accessory for your ideal night on the town, the September/October 2013 issue of Handwoven has what you're looking for.

     

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  • Handwoven May/June 2013

    Color your weave with the May/June 2013 issue of Handwoven. Learn all about tints, tones, and shades with Sarah Lamb's article "Shadow and Light." Then, put Sara's lessons into practice with Rebecca Fox's color study towels. Nancy Roberts explains how to dye knitted blanks to create unique variegated yarns to use in your weaving. Also in this issue, Rita Hagenbruch launches the new Traditions department with an article about Swedish weaving swords and her happy shuttle towels (which can be woven with or without a sword). Other projects include Mondrian-inspired inlaid pillows by Robin Lynde woven using the Theo Moorman technique, shimmering chenille circle scarves in diversified plain weave by Susan Poague, cheerful twill spring bouquet towels by Laura Fry, and vibrant warp-painted scarves by Suzie Liles. Whether you want to improve your color confidence or learn new techniques like nuno felting and weaving with dyed knitted blanks, the May/June 2013 issue of Handwoven has what you're looking for.

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  • Handwoven March/April 2013

    Discover new weaving traditions from around the world with this issue of Handwoven. Explore the age-old tradition of Sámi band weaving in Scandanavia with an article and project by Susan J. Foulkes and learn all about the new tradition of SAORI weaving in America with an article by Marion Marzolf. This issue features projects inspired by a wide variety of global textile traditions including a kente cloth scarf by Suzanne Halvorson, a doubleweave pick-up runner based on a piece of Andean scaffold weaving by Jennifer Moore, and a Telemarksteppe wall hanging or runner by Laura Demuth. Whether you want to start exploring your own weaving heritage or learn more about the traditions of others, the March/April 2013 Handwoven has what you’re looking for.

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  • Handwoven January/February 2013

    Rediscover wool with this issue of Handwoven. Learn all about the diverse properties and weaving possibilities of “varietal” wools such as Jacob, Columbia, and Karakul. Projects in the issue include a shadow-weave cape, twill scarves, rugs, and a satchel that’s just the right size for a small rigid-heddle loom. Whether wool is a regular part of your weaving repertoire or you’re just starting to weave with this magical fiber, the January/February 2013 Handwoven has what you’re looking for.

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  • Handwoven November/December 2012

    Celebrate the possibilities of adornment with this issue. Learn ways to dress up your weaving with beads, lace, shining threads, bright patterns, and even lights! The issue features twinkling snowflake twill and e-textile stars to bring magic to your table. Add an elegant accent to any bed or couch with Gisela von Weisz’s fluffy Cream Cake Cushions with inlaid lace and warm your home with Karla Stille’s bright Peekaboo Rep Rug. Whether you’re looking for a new technique to add to your repertoire of textile embellishments, or you want a wintery feeling project to adorn your home, the November/December 2012 Handwoven has what you’re looking for.

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  • Handwoven September/October 2012

    This issue features the winners of the 2012 Handwoven garment challenge "Look Ma, No Sleeves." Projects include a sleeveless coat for a child with inlaid swivel, a tailored men's vest in diversified plainweave and crackle, and a kumihimo wire bracelet. Also in this issue is a section on how to wash your handwoven's without fear.

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  • Handwoven May/June 2012

    The May/June 2012 issue is all about expanding your weaving repertoire with new techniques including diversified plain weave, four-color doubleweave, and bead leno. The issue also has some great projects for weaving on the go including postcard sized travel tapestries. Projects include a diversified plain weave tote bag, a Brighton honeycomb waffle weave baby blanket, and taqueté slap bracelets.

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  • Handwoven March/April 2012

    The March/April 2012 issue of Handwoven is dedicated to the many joys of weaving with plants. Learn tips and tricks for weaving with a wide variety of plant fibers including cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, tencel, soysilk, and more! Projects include rustic hemp towels, a shimmering soysilk top, and summery raffia placemats.

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