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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Three Weavers: Exhibition in New Mexico

I love the legacy aspect of weaving so much, especially learning about the women and men who have paved the way for today’s generation of weavers. This October, as part of the Taos Wool Festival, Weaving Southwest will be honoring three iconic New Mexico weavers who have passed on in the last ten years. Joan…

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Fiber Art Show: New Threads by Nora Fok

Fiber art enthusiasts in England—this event is for you! The rest of us will just have to look at the pictures and dream. The Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire has invited Nora Fok to show a selection of her new work in a special exhibition, New Threads. The exhibition will continue through October 23, 2016, so…

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What is a Rebozo?

When I was a little girl, I had an American Girl Doll, as did so many other girls born in the 1990s. Mine was a doll called Josefina. She represented the history of New Mexico under Mexican rule, from the early 1800s. I loved Josefina’s gorgeous dark hair, her soft moccasins, and the pretty colors…

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Weaving Exhibition in New Mexico: Cordelia Theimer Gardella

Weavers in New Mexico: here’s a weaving exhibition you won’t want to miss! September’s featured artist at Weaving Southwest in Arroyo Seco (near Taos) is Cordelia Theimer Gardella. She is a tapestry weaver and photographer whose work “examines open landscapes and the responses they evoke,” according to her website. Weaving Southwest will be exhibiting a…

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Primitive Loom, Modern Weaver, Timeless Technology

Part of what I love so much about weaving is the way it puts me in touch with one of humanity’s most ancient traditions. After all, simple backstrap looms were fundamental tools for even the most ancient of civilizations. All looms today operate on the same ancient technology of passing weft through different sheds of…

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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…