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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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How to Warp a Loom for an Overshot Rug

Hi Madelyn! I am planning to weave Tom Knisely’s Overshot Rug (March/April 2007, pages 32–34). His warping instructions are for front-to-back warping, but I usually warp back to front (I’m a new weaver, though, so would be willing to learn other methods for how to warp a loom). There is a reference in the article…

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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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Ladder Hemstitching Handwovens

Hi Madelyn! I am working a ladder hemstitching between the hem and body of a towel. I am weaving with 8/2 cotton at 20 ppi. For the spacer in my ladder hemstitching, I used one ply of a 3-ply mop cotton. I want a small space between the two rows of hemstitching. My process is…

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Calculating Take-Up and Predicting Final Size

Hi Madelyn, I seem to struggle with calculating the proper warp width in order to wind up with the width I want after weaving and finishing and how to weave under tension on the loom to achieve the finished length I want. Even when I think I’ve allowed enough width and length, the piece always…

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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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Seamless Doublewide Blankets with a Smooth Fold

Hi Madelyn, I am planning to weave a double-wide baby blanket. I’m using Cascade Superwash Sport in plain weave with stripes of color in the warp. The Master Yarn Chart suggests 15 ends per inch for plain weave. I’m planning to use a 10-dent reed (I don’t have a 15-dent reed). I’m wondering about the…

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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…