Weaving Today

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.  We’ll also share with you the latest giveaways and give you a peak behind the scenes here at Weaving Today.

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Medieval Weaving Techniques Brought To Life with Little Looms

My sister is part of a really interesting organization called the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international living history group dedicated to researching and recreating pre-17th-century European history, from textiles to courtly manners to music and beyond. She and her friends dedicate countless hours to preparing for events, where all clothing and equipment must look…

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The Provenance of Pozahuancos

Part of what makes Anita Osterhaug such an excellent editor of Handwoven is her love of travel, specifically her focus on making connections between weavers all across the globe. Today she shares the incredible story of a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she got hands-on experience learning traditional spinning, weaving, and dyeing techniques for traditional…

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What’s the Difference Between Tartan and Plaid?

My boyfriend was in the U.K. last week, exploring London, Edinburgh, York, Oxford, and a few other choice day trips. As you can imagine, I am full of conflicted feelings about it. I may have cried once as I was drooling over his vacation photos. A few of these photos are 360-degree virtual reality panoramas,…

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The History of Pin Looms

Pin looms make weaving portable, fast, and modular, almost more like crocheting than “weaving” writ large. But what does the history of pin looms look like? How long have weavers been using these fun little handheld looms to build creative little squares? Let’s dive in on BeWeave It! Handheld looms have existed for thousands of…

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Jacquard Looms: The Origin of Weaving Computing

Earlier this week, I finally got around to seeing the movie The Imitation Game (and wow, was it a fascinating and moving film), and it got me thinking about early computers. Particularly, because I’m a big fiber nerd, about the origin of weaving computing technology. You might not realize how crucial the textile industry was…

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Weavers: A Legacy of Sharing Our “Recipes”

Part of being a weaver is participating in a legacy of sharing, so much bigger and grander than just you. When I weave, I know that countless weavers before me have not only gone through these same actions, but have woven these same patterns. From the miniature overshot of Bertha Gray Hayes to big books of…

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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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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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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…