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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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Spring Fashion Colors: Why Pastels?

This spring’s Pantone Fashion Color Report is heavy on the pastels, transporting us to “a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” according to Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. The cheery, exploratory colors certainly call spring to mind, but why are…

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Ask Madelyn: Tied Overshot Draft

Hi Madelyn! I was just reading your article on Tied Overshot (“The Draft: Tied Overshot,” Handwoven May/June 2014, pp. 16–18). Maybe I am missing something, but it doesn’t look like the drawdown and the treadling match in Figure 2, page 16. —Sheila Dear Sheila, You are so right, and the treadling in the figure is…

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Medieval Weaving Techniques Brought To Life with Little Looms

My sister is part of a really interesting organization called the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international living history group dedicated to researching and recreating pre-17th-century European history, from textiles to courtly manners to music and beyond. She and her friends dedicate countless hours to preparing for events, where all clothing and equipment must look…

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The Provenance of Pozahuancos

Part of what makes Anita Osterhaug such an excellent editor of Handwoven is her love of travel, specifically her focus on making connections between weavers all across the globe. Today she shares the incredible story of a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she got hands-on experience learning traditional spinning, weaving, and dyeing techniques for traditional…

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What’s the Difference Between Tartan and Plaid?

My boyfriend was in the U.K. last week, exploring London, Edinburgh, York, Oxford, and a few other choice day trips. As you can imagine, I am full of conflicted feelings about it. I may have cried once as I was drooling over his vacation photos. A few of these photos are 360-degree virtual reality panoramas,…

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The History of Pin Looms

Pin looms make weaving portable, fast, and modular, almost more like crocheting than “weaving” writ large. But what does the history of pin looms look like? How long have weavers been using these fun little handheld looms to build creative little squares? Let’s dive in on BeWeave It! Handheld looms have existed for thousands of…

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Ask Madelyn: Tabby and Temple for Weaving Overshot

Hi Madelyn! I want to create placemats using Murphy’s “Diaper” Weave on page 115 of Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book. The instructions say to use tabby, so does this really make it an overshot pattern that is reversible? Would I be best to use the weft yarns for this tabby or the warp yarns…

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Jacquard Looms: The Origin of Weaving Computing

Earlier this week, I finally got around to seeing the movie The Imitation Game (and wow, was it a fascinating and moving film), and it got me thinking about early computers. Particularly, because I’m a big fiber nerd, about the origin of weaving computing technology. You might not realize how crucial the textile industry was…