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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What Is Indigo and Why Is It in the Color Wheel?

Indigo is probably the most famous of all natural dyes, and is certainly the most widely used today. What is indigo? The dye is extracted from the leaves of plants in the genus Indigofera, which grow in tropical climates. Dyers made dye by crushing the plant leaves and fermenting them in water. This turns the compound…

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The Lausanne Biennials: Birth of Contemporary Tapestry

When I see the gorgeous woven wall hangings that are currently so popular, I immediately think of the 1970s. However, contemporary tapestry weaving really began to come into its own a little bit earlier, in the 50s and 60s. The Lausanne International Tapestry Biennial exhibitions, started in 1962 by French tapestry artist Jean Lurçat, brought…

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The Turkish Oya

Louise Todd Cope has a wonderful quote: “The rituals of life are wrapped in cloth.” Weaver, fiber artist, and designer Anita Luvera Mayer was inspired by this quote and the theme of the Celebrate! issue of Handwoven. She wrote a fascinating article about the many ways cloth is used to mark the human race’s most…

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History of Early American Woven Coverlets

Here’s Marilynn Cowgill to dive into the world of colonial American coverlets. They were an important part of any household at that time, and a key part of weaving history! ~Andrea Coverlets: An American Art Form “Imagine this: You are a woman in the late 18th century. Your husband is a farmer, and he depends…

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Weaving Exhibition in New Mexico: Skaidrite McKeag

Weavers in New Mexico: here’s a weaving exhibition you won’t want to miss! August’s featured artist at Weaving Southwest in Arroyo Seco (near Taos) is Skaidrite McKeag. She is a tapestry weaver who specializes in abstract geometric designs, and Weaving Southwest will be exhibiting a show featuring a selection of her work all August. Born…

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How Wool Enabled Viking Conquest

When you think of Vikings, you probably mostly think of metal, wood, and leather: weapons, wooden boats, helmets (never horned, contrary to popular belief), and boots. But you should also think of wool and Viking weaving, because without it, Vikings could never have made their way across the sea to terrorize and, occasionally, legitimately trade…

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Weaving Exhibition in the Netherlands: weaving 2.0

Any weavers lucky enough to be travelling to the Netherlands (or near enough) this fall? Make time to check out ‘weaving 2.0’ from October 22nd through December 18th, featuring the work of weavers Anneke Kersten and Roos Cox. The textile exhibition will be held in an authentic 16th century weavers’ house in the town of…

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How Weaving Took Us to the Moon

Many of us who are more artistic or literarily-inclined than we are mathematical or scientific sometimes get down on ourselves. If you ever feel this way, remind yourself that weaving history got us to the moon. “Wait,” you might be thinking, “back up here. To the moon?” Yes. To the moon. Specifically, little old ladies…

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Handwoven Runners and Sacred Spaces

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to go to the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market for the first time. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I knew it would be a wonderful experience and that I would probably be going home with more than a few goodies. (I’m happy to say…

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A Weaver’s History of Velvet

Velvet has always been a luxury fabric. Difficult to produce, woven of lustrous silk, and with a rich depth of color and texture from the cut or uncut woven pile, velvet was only available to the very wealthy until quite recently. Understanding the history of velvet makes me even more eager to try weaving it—I…