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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. Learn fun weaving trivia with BeWeave It and get your weaving questions answered by Madelyn van der Hoogt in Ask Madelyn. 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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2016 Weaving Challenge: Handwoven Celebrations

I hope you are all ready because we have not one, but TWO exciting announcements for you today. First, we are very happy to let you know we have a brand new, beautiful website. We’ve spent the last two months or so moving everything from the old Weaving Today to a new platform that will…

AskMadelyn

Uses for Loom Waste

Last week’s column about loom waste produced many inspiring suggestions from readers. Here are some of them: –Madelyn I have a friend who does needle felting, and I give her all my waste yarn. If the fiber is wool, she uses these bits to add detail to her felting. If the yarn is acrylic, she…

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“Smiling” Huck Lace

Hi Madelyn! I just finished a huck-lace table runner (my first project on a 4-shaft loom and my first project with a pattern); and I had lots of problems with warp tension. I started getting a “smile”: the warp threads in my plain-weave borders (two inches wide on each edge) became tighter than the threads…

Charley weaving a denim rag rug on his loom.

Looms in Unexpected Places

Recently I visited the small town of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. While visiting my mother I thought it would be fun to take her for a belated birthday lunch and afternoon of shopping. I thought the beautiful downtown studded with antique shops and historic buildings would be a perfect way to spend a lazy December day.…

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Ancient Knots (Not Quite) Unravelled

We’ve written here before about khipus (also known as quipus) which are ancient Incan tools made up of a series of knotted cords that were used to transfer information. The khipus were translated based on teh color and number of cords as well as the type, number, and positioning of the knots on each cord.…

AskMadelyn

Twizzled Fringe Defined

Hi Madelyn! I am working on a project I found online, and the finishing method says only “twizzled” fringe. Is that the same as twisted fringe? –Sara Hi Sara! This term has started popping up, and yes, it does mean twisted fringe (at least as far as I can tell). The term makes me smile…

Lyn Lucas's Sparkling Snowflake Runner

Weaving Away the Winter Blues (and Grays)

The past few days have been mighty gloomy in southern New Mexico. Typically cold weather is to be expected in winter, but the past two weeks have been punctuated by gray clouds covering the sky and hiding the mountains, and cold, drizzly rain. While I know deep in my heart that more rain in winter…

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Welcome to the New Weaving Today

I love new tools and resources that make my weaving life easier. From tools such as bobbin winders and fringe twisters to design software that makes tweaking drafts a snap, these tools save me time spent preparing to weave so I can spend more time happily at my loom. I’m very happy now to include…

AskMadelyn

Changing Aprons on Your Loom

Dear Madelyn, I’m wanting to change the aprons (and heavy steel rods) on my loom to Texsolv tie-up cords. I have a 36” wide loom; I’m wondering how many tie-up cords to use and what kind of rod? I’m assuming I need something thick for the rod to be strong enough to withstand warp tension…

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Limitless, Loomless Weaving

Card weaving has always intrigued me since I say my first piece as the band trim of John Mullarkey’s Chaos vest from the September/October 2011 issue of Handwoven (which also happened to be the very first issue I worked on). I was mesmerized by the design on the band, and when I looked up card weaving…