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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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…

Learn why handwoven table runners are such an important part of human culture and history!

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…

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Shibori’s Past and Present

Shibori is a truly timeless technique for dyeing textiles. The basic technique involves creating dye-resists in the cloth by creating deep folds or pleats that the dye can’t penetrate. These pleats are usually bound together with stitching or clamps, protecting the innermost layers of fabric from dye altogether and creating lovely gradients in between. Types…

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Wearable Art Inspiration and Exhibit

If you’re looking for an inspiring adventure to undertake this summer or autumn, look to the EMP Museum in Seattle. Starting July 2, 2016 and continuing for seven months, World of WearableArt (WOW) has an exhibition there that you won’t want to miss. If you’re unfamiliar with WOW, it is an international design competition that gives…

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The History of Air Conditioning and the Textile Industry

It’s finally getting to the part of summer where even I am grateful for air conditioning. I can usually be seen bundled up in a blanket at my desk when everyone else is sweating, and the major source of conflict in my life is over the thermostat controls in my apartment. But I have to…

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Sakiori Weaving: A Legacy of Weaving with Rags

Imagine you live in a very different kind of world than most of us inhabit today. There are no thrift stores full of an endless supply of cheap clothing and fabric. There aren’t any affordable stores for new clothing either—fast fashion is a foreign concept, and a superstore like Target inconceivable. Bolts of fabric are…

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Weavable, Washable Silk

I was doing a lot of research this weekend in preparation for wet-finishing my first ever woven piece. I quickly found myself face-to-face with a contradiction in my own mind with regards to wet-finishing silk handwovens and my preconceived notions about how to wash silk. I always thought you could not, under any circumstances, wash silk in…

What is terry-cloth and how do you weave it?

What Is Terry-Cloth? And How Do I Weave It?

One of the most functional techniques you’ll learn in Deb Essen’s new eBook, Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps, is weaving terry-cloth, the material used for commercial bath towels and washcloths. But what is terry-cloth and how did it come to be? Terry-cloth is a pile weave, which means that there are uncut loops woven into…