# Block weaves

### What is block weaving?

Block weaves are weave structures where the same warp and weft threads can produce two different interlacements. One is considered "pattern" and one is considered "background." A single block is formed by all of the warp and weft threads that always produce pattern or background together.

Various examples of block weaving

• Why blocks matter
• Block weaving in turned twill
• The finer points of block weaves
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• Digging through the layers of Sherrie's stash is like looking at the layers of rock in the walls of the Grand Canyon. One of the things they don't tell you when you begin weaving is how quickly yarn stashes develop. While I'm sure there are
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn I read the very interesting " The Quest for Weaving Perfection " on Weaving Today , and I have a couple of questions. I'd like to know why having
• This issue celebrates weaverly curiosity and the lure of cloth. Discover expert advice from Nancy Arthur Hoskins and Rabbit Goody on how to research and reproduce historic textiles. You'll also join Tom Knisely as he explains how his quest to learn of a nineteenthcentury Pennsylvania weaver led him
• Fran Curran's stash-busting throw is perfect for using up any colorful wool in your yarn stash. I don't know about you, but there's something about winter, especially the relentlessly cold winter found in February, that makes me want to weave
• Free 8-Shaft Weaving Patterns for the 8-Shaft Loom I’ve owned my 8-shaft loom for just over a year, but it’s only recently that I’ve started weaving projects that require “more than four.” Honestly, I could probably have
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am weaving a huck-lace cloth in 8/2 Tencel that has window frames of plain weave surrounding squares of huck lace. I am experiencing two problems. One is that
• John decorates his Converse All-Stars with his some fabulous tablet-woven shoelaces. There's so much to love about tablet weaving: you can create wonderful and complex looking patterns using the simplest of weaving tools. If you've ever thought
• We've spent the last few weeks of BeWeave It talking about Olympic fashion, we thought it would be fun to take today to talk a bit about the fiber traditions of the host country. Of course, Russia is a truly huge country spanning nine time zones,
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am planning to weave a plain-weave baby blanket in 8/2 cotton. I want the selvedges to be very strong, stronger than mine usually are, so that the blanket can
• As I write this from a hotel balcony overlooking a clear sky and beautiful scenery on Florida’s western coast, I can’t help thinking what a lovely, relaxing place this would be to weave. As my loom didn’t fit in the overhead bin or under
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Position of the inactive weft Active weft exits under inactive weft Active weft enters over inactive weft Dear Madelyn, I have been weaving plain-weave scarves with many changes
• You don't need to know how to read Russian to understand the weaving draft. For every artisan and craftsperson there is a language unique to their craft. In weaving, one of the ways we communicate is through weaving drafts. One draft can communicate
• The famous pants in 2010 photo by Bjarte Hetland We here at BeWeave It love to watch curling during the winter Olympics. (If you dont' know what curling is, here's a video , it's a lot more fun to watch than you might think.) While we're
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I want to weave the twill color-gamp blanket by Robyn Spady (Handwoven, November/December 2008, pp. 40–42). Because my loom is only 36" wide, I’m
• Who among us doesn’t love having an “Aha!” moment where we learn a new trick or technique that somehow makes our weaving lives easier. No matter how long we’ve been weaving, there’s always something new to learn, some new
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I finally pressed my 8-shaft table loom into service and was delighted that the hand-operated levers didn’t slow me down as much as I assumed they would.
• I was super excited to work on the color-and-weave section of The Weaver’s Idea Book . I love color. I love playing with color. I love seeing how one color works with another to form patterns. Weavers have an endless world of possibilities when
• Kiran Badola, just one of the many fascinating weavers to contribute to Handwoven magazine. The last step in putting together an issue of Handwoven is a final proof of the whole magazine (still called a “blueline,” even though the days of
• We’ve written here in the past about the good work being done by the organization GoodWeave, as its members fight to end child labor in the rug weaving industry around the world. Since the launch of GoodWeave in 1995 it’s estimated that the
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I weave with what is supposed regarded as a very good brand of mercerized (pearl) cotton. When I finish a piece, I wash it and rinse it in cold water, but it fades
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am involved in many fiber arts besides weaving and recently was given a truck load (literally a truck load) of coned 100% acrylic yarns for machine knitting.
• Karen Donde is a fine weaver and teacher whom many of you have met through the pages of handwoven, through Weaving Today, and some of you through her most recent web seminar on weaving design. One good teacher appreciates another, so who better to tell
• In honor of our 2014 weaving challenge “ Handwoven for the Home ” this is the first of a series of BeWeave It’s about the origin of household textiles. This week’s entry will focus on the perennial weaving favorite: the tea towel
• During the 19th century Belfast, Northern Ireland was one of the world leaders in the production of linen. At the height of production, 75,000 people were employed in the industry and the city was known as Linenopolis . After World War I production decreased
• In her newest workshop video, Liz will make you say, "Aha!" I had some weaving revelations this past week. I was watching Liz Gipson’s new workshop video, Life After Warping: Weaving Well on a Rigid-Heddle Loom , and I was amazed at how
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have an 8-shaft Baby Wolf loom (25" weaving width) and I'd like to weave a baby blanket for my upcoming great- grand nephew. All of the patterns I've
• Will this silk scarf be my first project of 2014? The new year is in full swing, I have (most) of my holiday decorations put away, and I’ve lately started thinking about what I hope to accomplish in 2014. Normally I’m not one for new year’s
• Jennifer Moore's fun scarf tie It's no secret that we love scarves at BeWeave It headquarters. They can easily be both decorative AND practical, which of course means it's quite hard to own too many. After all, it's important to have many
• These aren't the worst donuts ever, they're actually ancient weaving tools. Greek pottery depicting two weavers at a warp-weighted loom. If you’ve ever seen donut shaped pieces of stone in a museum labeled as “loom weights” and
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com The Questions: I have received some natural 60/2 silk yarn. I am wondering if I could use the silk as a warp and use 20/2 wool as the weft. I also have some 14/2 80% alpaca
• Small game tiles attached to the scarf with rubber bands before wet finishing create spots of texture. I absolutely love scarves, and over the last few years I’ve been trying to build a bit of a collection for myself. I have light cotton scarves
• Hi Everyone! We've had some technical difficulties rolling out the official contest website for the 2014 Handwoven for the Home contest, so until we get it up and running you can find the basic information on the contest, how to enter, and where to
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello from Germany! I’m searching for a book or a website which helps to calculate the yarn needed. I did my last weaving 30 years ago and would like to restart. Thanks
• From the Egyptian collections of the British Museum to the pre-Colombian artifacts at the Amano Museum in Peru, museum collections are the guardians of textile history. We are still rediscovering techniques of the ancients through textile collections
• As somebody who loves cooking, I treasure my collection of recipe cards. Some come from friends and families, others were carefully copied from magazines, and more recently many come from cooking blogs. In her post, frequent Handwoven contributor Sarah
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I know it's late, but I have a few days in which to weave some dish towels as presents (both for hostess gifts and for Christmas gifts). I should have a specific
• If you or a young one happens to have a potholder loom and some loops laying around, consider checking out Harrisville Designs' new, and completely free, Potholder Pattern Wizard . It works similarly to other weaving software: you input warp and weft
• Happy Holidays from Linda Embrace the dark, avoid the shivers, stay cozy and warm and peaceful and full of love and joy this winter holiday season. Unless, of course, you are in Tucson or Fort Lauderdale or some other sunny clime. In which case, everything
• To encircle the active weft, pull both it and the inactive weft out. The, loop the active weft around the inactive weft Whether you go over or under the active loop of weft depends on which side of your selvedge you're on. Let's talk color changes
• We here at BeWeave It Headquarters love all things heirloom: family heirlooms, heirloom tomatoes (especially Cherokee purples), and heirloom fibers. Our newest old obsession is Kala cotton, an ancient and rare variety of cotton indigenous to the Kutch
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am weaving a silk scarf in huck lace (it's actually a project from the new eBook Best of Handwoven : Weaving with Silk ). I was advancing the warp and noticed
• In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose yourself in the sea of shopping, parties, volunteering, and baking. Fortunately, as Spin-Off editor Amy Clarke Moore knows, there’s no better cure for holiday stress than some
• I know I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for quick gifts to weave not just during the holiday season, but also for hostess gifts, last minute birthday presents, and pick-me-ups for loved ones who need a little cheer. Handwoven contributor and
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn! When I use a project from Handwoven , I usually tie up the treadles the way the tie-up in the article shows them. This often seems to mean that (if there is a
• Fiber artist Joanne Arnett creates incredible textile mug shots using cotton yarns and wire. Arnett uses a TC-1 loom to weave the portraits, and the shine from the tinned-copper wire she uses in the weft makes the fabric look eerily like photographs from
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello, Madelyn! I have randomly painted warp bundles of 30/2 silk to make a scarf. I searched for an appropriate pattern, since I’ve not worked with pure silk before
• Domesticated silk (top) compared to different hues of wild silks (below) photo by Biswarup Ganguly Based on the number of BeWeave It’s dedicated to the subject, 2013 seems to be the year of the silkworm. We’ve talked about how scientists have
• Tien Chiu's sweet little sachets use a small amount of fine silk and sewing thread to create tiny little luxuries that won't break the bank Susan Horton's gorgeous ombre shawl was woven on a rigid-heddle loom A friend of mine who is a bit
• This issue of Handwoven is devoted to the many faces of silk. From the traditional fine reeled threads to brightly colored recycled sari yarns to honey colored wild silks, there’s a silk project in the magazine for every budget and every loom, including several for rigid-heddle weavers. Learn how
• John carefully turning his weaving tablets. Every fall, a former guild mate who had been absent for months used to return to our meetings and delight everyone with dozens of bands she had woven during her summer living on a sailboat on a northern lake
• During the Depression, the Works Projects Administration (WPA) hired the unemployed to write plays, build libraries, improve roads, bring electricity to rural areas, and much, much more. In Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Harriet Pettibone Clinton, the District
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, When beaming a warp, I understand a lot of weavers like to use water-filled recycled plastic bottles with handles as weights. Can you suggest another thing that
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn is temporarily out of the office—or, more accurately, the studio—so for the next couple of weeks, we'll have guest weaving teachers answering the questions
• The nonprofit group Synergo Arts was originally founded to help artists and artisans work in a more ergonomic fashion. (As any weaver who has spent hours hunched over their loom warping and weaving knows, if you don’t have the right seat at the
• Is there anything so lovely or so satisfying as a perfect selvedge? Here's Jane Patrick, weaver, teacher , author , and Handwoven editor emerita, to tell you some simple steps for weaving perfect selvedges on inkle bands. ––Anita Nonweavers
• I haven’t made it that far in T he Weaver’s Idea Book yet. Why? Because I am fascinated by not only Jane’s introduction, but also the section on plain weave AND how it correlates so well with my movie inspiration Julie & Julia.
• Our upcoming January/February issue of Handwoven focuses on weaving with silk . Silk delivers shine and drape, warmth, and strength all in one beautiful package, but many of us worry about the cost or whether our weaving skills are up to the challenge
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn is temporarily out of the office—or, more accurately, the studio—so for the next couple weeks, we'll have guest weaving teachers answering the questions
• Fans of science fiction know there are lots of depictions of "clothing of the future." Whether it's the stiff hemlines of The Jetson 's, Star Trek 's unitards, or the gaudy clothing of The Fifth Element , clothing of the future is
• Whitney Dorband is a member of our Interweave staff and an intrepid rigid-heddle weaver whose adventures have sometimes graced the pages (pixels) of Weaving Today. She started weaving a couple of years ago with a rag rug, and now she has decided to expand
• Have you seen the movie Julie & Julia? If you haven’t it’s a movie based on a that chronicles the true story of a young woman, Julie, who creates a blog where she works her way through Julia Child’s famous cookbook focused on French
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have a big problem. I am in the middle of a scarf, and the warp threads at the rear of the loom began to become twisted (a sticky bouclé that I warped
• Anyone who’s ever stepped on a Lego barefoot understands the importance of shoes . Just as clothing protects us from the elements, shoes protect our feet not just from the cold, but also from things that are hard, pointy, and generally uncomfortable
• As we come into the home stretch towards Thanksgiving and the holidays, it's good to take time out for gratitude. Here's Lisa Hill, Handwoven contributor and tech editor, dreamer, and philosopher to share some reasons she is thankful to be a weaver
• Now that the weather is cooling down (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), we here at the BeWeave It Headquarters in chilly Northern Colorado are looking forward to weaving some cozy scarves with one of our favorite cold-weather fibers
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am winding a warp from one of your projects ("Silk Scarves in Deflected Doubleweave," January/February 2007, pp. 68-71). The warp alternates 4 black
• A wool swatch collection by Sharon Alderman Wool samples by Nell Znamierowski Wadmal Vest by Jane Patrick My first weaving was a sampler. The warp was 8/4 cotton carpet warp (orange) and the weft was Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn (army green). The yarns
• New Free eBook: Rigid-Heddle Weaving Patterns The most common question we receive through our customer support team is "Can I weave this on a rigid-heddle loom?" It's a question that warms my heart because it means that more and more weavers
• Last year I had the privilege of taking a rep-weaving workshop with Rosalie Neilson. I was not only thrilled with process of rep weaving, but also with myriad design possibilities of that rep offers. With shaft-thrifty blocks plus color and treadling
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am a new weaver (avid knitter for forty years) and I took a three-day course several months ago. Of course summer arrived and all my crafting went onto a back
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello, Madelyn! I am a new weaver, and I would like to know how to measure the length of fabric I have already woven. I have searched all of the weaving books I have on hand
• The Cadet Chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy has always been a popular destination for tourists visiting Colorado Springs. Most people come for the architecture, but soon weavers and other fiber enthusiasts will have a new reason to visit: beautiful
• There’s something about autumn weather that makes me want to weave towels. I’m not sure what it is, maybe it’s the knowledge that I’ll be spending more time baking as the days grow shorter and the weather grows colder. Maybe it’s
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com This classic Ask Madelyn was originally published May 16, 2012 Hi Madelyn! I tried weaving a plaid throw in plain weave, using a 6/2 worsted-wool yarn. As it was 16 wraps to
• John Mullarkey is a master of "what if," that ceaseless curiousity that makes for a lifetime of happy weaving adventures. The same curiousity makes him an outstanding teacher because he has a deep understanding of his chosen weave structures
• Here at BeWeave It Headquarters in colorful Colorado we’ve already had our first snow and have finally resigned ourselves to the fact that winter is indeed coming. While there is much sadness at the end of warm weather, we’re excited to finally
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com This is a classic Ask Madelyn from the archives. It was originally published on November 28, 2012. Hi Madelyn! I have a question, or maybe it's really two. I'm trying
• Karen Donde loves lace in all its forms. Here she is to talk about lace weaving and the many lace choices, in honor of Madelyn van der Hoogt's newest video, Weaving Lace . ––Anita A light and lacy scarf by Madelyn van der Hoogt When I
• First of all a quick correction to the Oct. 2 newsletter, the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center is actually in Hartford, Connecticut, not Rhode Island. (And if you haven’t checked out their website to learn all about their wonderful mission, you
• When we start weaving, there are so many things to learn, and often the things most likely to get us in trouble are the things no one tells us because it's assumed that "everyone knows." Liz Gipson is one of those rare weavers who remembers
• Robyn's 4-Shaft M-and-W Twill Dish Towel from the Nov/Dec 2013 Handwoven . I love twills. In fact, twills may make up the majority of what I weave. What most people don’t realize is that twills are all around us: from our denim jeans to stunning
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I was wondering if there is a rule of thumb regarding how a loom and bench should be set up to prevent back problems. I have been weaving for a few years as a hobby
• When 19-year-old political science major Bono Fatima learned about the social and economic challenges faced by traditional weavers in her native India she wanted to help change their lives for the better. She founded Weaver’s Hut , an organization
• We’ve written here a few times about spider silk and the scientists and artists have looked outside the web to find creative uses for the durable threads. Here’s another use of spider silk, one that’s music to our ears.
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I've looked through your archives, and can't find this question answered, so thought I'd write you. Is there anything wrong with putting on one LONG
• There is a long tradition of weaving as therapy. (Our upcoming November/December issue of Handwoven has the story of Fran Curran and the infinity scarves woven by low-vision and senior weavers at the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center in Rhode Island.) Deb Brandon is also a weaver, a teacher, and a survivor
• If you like historical textiles from around the world (and let’s face it, if you’re reading this column you’re probably a fan of international works of fiber) then the new exhibit Interwoven Globe: The Wordwide Textile Trade, 1500­–1800
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am weaving some table napkins using a diamond pattern (Periwinkle from Marguerite Davison's A Handweaver's Pattern Book , p. 131) and I find that the
• Inkle weaving for bookmarks and working on my selvedges . (I re-wove this one.) When we do reader surveys, item number one on almost everyone's wish list is more time to weave. For me, it feels ironic that vacations, my only big stretches of free
• In spite of how much I love rugs, I have never woven one. I’ve been collecting them for over forty years, and they cover my walls, my furniture, and my floors. Weaving them has always seemed intimidating to me. Color choices matter so much; smooth
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am a weaver with a lot of theoretical knowledge from years of reading, but very little practical experience with my new second-hand LeClerc 48-inch Nilart loom
• Louisa Adams: first lady, accomplished harpist, and sericulturist. Some of Wilson's flock grazing on the South Lawn. The White House has been home to many presidential pets throughout the years, from dogs and cats of all varieties to more exotic choices
• This issue of Handwoven is devoted to one of the most versatile and move loved of all the weave structures: twill. Weavers love twill because it’s always in style, it gives cloth an incredible drape, and it looks far more complicated than it is. This issue features a wide-variety of twills from
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I weave with what is supposed regarded as a very good brand of mercerized (pearl) cotton. When I finish a piece, I wash it and rinse it in cold water, but it fades
• Madelyn's deflected doubleweave silk scarves Light and lacy scarf in huck lace Around the same time I started my job at Handwoven I heard from a former professor who wanted me to send a survey to my supervisor (in this case, Madelyn van der Hoogt
• We ve all heard of writer's block but how many of us sometimes suffer from weaver's block, overwhelmed by all the choices and dimensions of a possible project? Here's Karen Donde to tell us about sage advice from Anita Luvera Mayer, one of
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! Can I warp with cotton and use acrylics as the weft? Or, conversely, can I warp with acrylics and weave with cotton? Would one be better than the other? I have
• New Free eBook: 4-Shaft Weaving Projects I learned to weave on 8-shaft looms, so I went out and bought an eight-shaft loom, bought a book of eight-shaft patterns, and wove for several years without ever thinking about what could be done with four shafts
• One of the things I love most about working with my colleagues at Interweave is the shared excitement and passion for our crafts and our craft community. I know that the majority of you weavers also knit, and so I welcome Lisa Shroyer, the new editor
• Chenille is a soft, feathery yarn beloved by many weavers, and it gets its name from the French word for caterpillar (presumably the fuzzy kind). The first chenille was developed in 18th-century France and was actually created by weaving leno and then
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am a relatively new (1 ½ year) weaver having a blast. I’m working on a set of Lee’s Surrender table runners now and it is going well. But the
• Why use the traditional hemming stitch when there is a secure, attractive, and versatile alternative—the knotting stitch? My first woven sample, my largest tapestries, my most delicate silk shawls, and my linen lace weaves have all been finished
• According to Laura Fry, starting with A Good Yarn is the key to any weaving success. By understanding fibre characteristics, density, heat resistance, and more, you'll have the knowledge that you need to construct the perfect cloth. Laura will break
• Marilyn Romatka is a multi-talented fiber artist, crafter, teacher, and author of the book Creative Crafts of the World:15 Lesson Plans for Teaching Folk Art to Groups of Kids . Here she is to talk about the importance and joy of sharing weaving with
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I just downloaded the new towel eBook ( Top Ten Dish Towels on Four Shafts ) and have a question about yarns. It looks like several of the projects use 10/2 pearl
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I just wound a linen warp of 35/2 linen and the threads were quite twisted as I sleyed, threaded, and beamed the warp. What was I doing wrong? —Joyce Hi Joyce
• A Karabakk Azerbaijani rug woven in the village of Shusha. Photo by Tabib Huseynov We’ve written here in the past about textile traditions that have been added to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The list includes
• Sometimes new weavers get a bit confused when reading weaving drafts. These drafts are simply a graphic representation of how the threads move in the particular weave structure being shown.
• One of the joys of small looms is that they can slow down the weaving process, allowing us to experience the threads in all their beauty. Here's Jane Patrick, an editor emerita of Handwoven , to tell you about her love affair with small looms. ––Anita
• For the third year in a row, Custom Cool is raffling off one of its elegant custom rugs to one lucky person, with all proceeds going to GoodWeave , an organization devoted to ending child labor and exploitation in the rug industries of Nepal, India, and
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I enjoy weaving scarves but I am faced with this dilemma about length. I don't wear a scarf either for warmth or as an accessory so experience doesn't
• Suzie Liles' waffle-weave blankets Woven Baby Blankets: Free Projects for Huck, Plain Weave, and a Waffle Weave Baby Blanket When my first child was born, I was given two baby blankets. One was a soft, quilted, commercially made snuggle sack and the
• Lisa Hill is the newest member of the Handwoven tech editing team, and a skilled and passionate weaver. Here she is to tell you about her very personal relationship with her weaving library. ––Anita Lisa's much loved copy of "Strickler"
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, Thank you for your videos which I have found so helpful and for the advice you are so generous with. I am wondering if it wouldn't be possible to have the Master
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am weaving a small table runner using 3/2 pearl cotton for warp and weft (red and green in the warp, white in the weft). The draft (#479, page 129, from Carol
• Some of Sally's naturally-pigmented organic cotton Last year, we wrote a BeWeave It about the history of naturally pigmented cotton , the beautiful red, green, and similarly hued bolls first cultivated by centuries ago in the Andes only to nearly
• Block theory for weavers is not a one-hour lecture. In my experience learning and teaching block weaves, grasping the vast potential for pattern design with blocks often proceeds through about five stages: More blocks equal more fun. Karen’s drawloom
• From a white wedding dress to "blue-collar" clothing, cloth tends to reflect our cultural beliefs and values. Here's weaver and Handwoven contributor Liz Moncrief to tell you about the spotted history of stripes.––Anita Majestic
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I want to weave an afghan that is 48" wide. I have warping sticks that are only 47" wide. Is there any way I can use these sticks or should I just go
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have just wound a warp that took way too long to wind and I'm wondering if there is a better way. I was using tubes of 16/2 linen in five colors. I started
• Threads to New Worlds: A Collection of Fiber Arts is a new travelling exhibit by the Weaving Guilds of Oregon (WeGO). This juried show features traditional flat textiles like rugs and tapestries as well as three dimensional pieces, including an incredible
• This past winter in my little portion of Northern Colorado was a cold and snowy one. I live right up near the foothills so while the rest of the town might get 6”, it wasn’t uncommon to find a full foot of snow in my yard after a nightime
• Get ready for a night on the town with the September/October 2013 issue of Handwoven . Nancy Arthur Hoskins and Marilyn Roberts elegant warp-painted silk Lavendar’s Blue: A Shawl Fit for a Queen (featured on the cover) and Allen Walck’s white and gold twill Bal à Versailles vest are
• Honeycomb Towels by Kathleen Farling Waffle-Weave Towels by Lynn Tedder One time, when I was teaching a workshop in a place that was more “art” oriented than weaving oriented, we teachers were each asked to give a presentation showing our
• Elizabethan collar after a visit to the vet. Have you ever looked at a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and wondered about her giant neck ruffle? The neck ruff , as it is formally known, was a popular item of clothing among the well-to-do from the mid-sixteenth
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I want to use some old project instructions that call for 10/2 unmercerized cotton for dish towels. I can't seem to find any of that yarn in colors (Fox Fibre
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have some questions about weaving huck lace. I have woven several projects and none of them have turned out the way I hoped they would. For one, I used 20/2 cotton
• Land throughout England has been shaped by traditional agricultural through the centuries. This is especially true on pasture lands where animals were once sent out to graze the grasses. Sheep, cattle, and other livestock transformed their surroundings
• Whenever you enjoy a project from Handwoven , I hope you will send a silent thanks (as I do) to the technical editing team whose dedicated efforts help make the project directions accurate and understandable. Handwoven couldn't happen without their
• A few weeks ago, Robyn Spady launched our new weaving webinar program, and over 2,000 of you signed up to join her for an interactive online presentation full of fresh ideas for successful weaving. A good time was had by all, and in two weeks, Robyn will
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I'm new to weaving; I just started a few weeks ago. I'm having problem with warp tension. After I've been weaving for a while, the warp threads are
• When I mention handwoven garments to long-time weavers, some roll their eyes, and I know that images of a bog jacket are flashing before their eyes. So first let me say: don't disrespect the bog jacket. I recommend reading Daryl Lancaster's blog
• On May 20th, a tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma doing extensive damage and causing the loss of both homes and lives. Thousands were directly impacted by the storm, including many children. Fortunately, there is a way weavers (and knitters, and crocheters
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have woven the 8-shaft scarf, Pacific Waves, in Tencel and Bamboo ( Handwoven , March/April 2012, page 56). I washed the scarf as directed, and most of the
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! Should hemming, fringe twisting, etc. for woven pieces be done before or after wet-finishing them? Or does it depend on the fiber? Or the weave structure? I can't
• The Handweavers Guild of America's annual juried exhibition Small Expressions is currently on display at the Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois. The exhibit features beautiful small-scale textile works of art by artists
• In Oregon, where I live, June is a season for rainbows. Here's Rebecca Fox to tell you about her adventures with a rainbow of "weft-overs" from her weaving friends. ––Anita The May/June 2013 issue of Handwoven focuses on my favorite
• I first met Dianne Totten at the 2010 Convergence in Albuquerque. She showed me some of her amazing "crimp cloth" garments and urged me to try it on. I demurred, insisting that it would never fit. But, lo and behold, it not only fit, it was comfortable and flattering!
• The researchers at MIT's Media Lab recently built what they're calling the Silk Pavillion . The pavillion is a large dome made of metal frames covered in silk, and while it is pretty, the cool thing is how it was created. While still in the planning
• Sharon Alderman's Winter Celebration table runner was inspired by the colors she observed the morning after an overnight snowfall. I never took an actual class from her, but so much of what I know about weaving I learned from Sharon Alderman. Sharon
• Making colorful warps is a communal activity in Santa Cruz de Sallac. Photos by Joe Coca It wasn’t my first time in the Andes, that trip in 2005, but it was the first time I felt a real connection to the people and the incredible textile work being
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! When I break a warp thread during weaving, it is always the thread on the far right (no matter if it is a floating selvedge or the first thread in the draft). Although
• 18th century Japanese katabira made from a blend of ramie, silk, and paper Ramie , a member of the nettle family, has been grown, harvested, and turned into cloth for thousands of years. (In fact, it was even sometimes used as mummy cloths in ancient
• We have our winners! The three lucky winners of our Craft Daily giveaway are Louise B., Kay C., and Judy E. Each of these lucky folks will receive a one year subscription to our fabulous new video streaming site CraftDaily.com where they can access full
• Spinner, weaver, and artist extraordinaire Margaret Leininger is hitting the road. For the next eighteen months or so Margaret is planning on travelling to all 50 states where she will go to different communities and create 9 yards of handwoven cloth
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am using a temple for the first time, and it didn't come with any instructions. It seems like I need to weave a couple of inches or so of my project before
• Robyn Spady is one of my weaving structure gurus; I don't think Robyn's ever met a structure she didn't like and that she couldn't thoroughly master, transform, and make sit up and do tricks in less time than you can say "tromp as
• Ex citing News! You’re invited to our very first weaving webinar ! Join us for the first installment of a two part series with Handwoven contributor, Robyn Spady, next Thursday, June 13 at 2 pm ET.
• Weaving Today's Guide to Inkle Weaving: Free Inkle Loom Patterns, Plans, and Projects Today's inkle weavers have many wonderful inkle looms to choose from. When I was in eighth grade, the girls were required to take a year of home economics classes
• When we think of the weaving equipment we need to create cloth, we probably think of looms, shuttles, and yarn. Some of us might also think of temples, hooks, and other such goodies, but most of us probably don’t think about light. For those of
• Structure, pattern, and pure whimsey by membersof a household textiles study group at Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild. I had a wonderful opportunity this month to attend a meeting of the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild. It was like coming home, to be present
• To continue our celebration of CraftDaily.com we're giving away one-year subscriptions worth $200 to three lucky people! Read More >> • Armenian carpets and rugs have long been prized for their quality and beauty—in fact, some scholars even believe the Pazyryk carpet to be Armenian in origin. The ancient tradition of rug weaving in Armenia has been kept alive to the modern day, Read More >> • Sarah Jackson is one of the most talented weavers and designers I know. I am perpetually in awe of her ability to marry structure, yarn, and color and produce just the right fabric for her purpose. Sarah blazes new territory in her weaving, but she also Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I read with interest the info about the new Blankets and Throws on Four Shafts eBook . My widest loom is only 36" wide. Can I weave any of the projects on Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am winding a warp for the Sotis Cloth table runner from the most recent Handwoven ( March/April 2013, pages 30–31 ). Is there any way to wind this warp Read More >> • Detail of reproduction Colonial American-style linsey-woolsey woven coverlet in dark blue wool and natural cotton. Photo by Paula Kate Marmor Do you have an old woven coverlet you’d like to learn more about, or are you simply a woven coverlet enthusiast Read More >> • Every weaver's journey to understanding is unique. Some of us come direct to weaving and some from another craft. Our knowledge grows with each project, each class or workshop, each "Aha!" moment. Sara Lamb shares her journey today. If it Read More >> • Rainbow blanket by Faye Kolhonen Caribbean Blues Blanket Leslie Voiers In my first weaving class, we wove four-inch-wide samplers. This gave me the distinct impression that new weavers should weave little things, narrow things. The warp for our samplers Read More >> • "Sarong Girl" Dorothy Lamour in Road to Bali . Spring is in full swing (at least here at BeWeave It Headquarters in Colorado) and summer isn’t too far behind. As the weather warms up and the pools around town start to open it means it’s Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have just finished reading your answer to the question about warping a sectional warp beam and would love to know more about your last sentence on beaming a sectional Read More >> • When I worked in the computer industry, I was fond of saying that "technology giveth and technology taketh away," and it's true! I have a shelf full of weaving videos that I turn to for expert advice, right in my studio. But now I want that Read More >> • Color your weave with the May/June 2013 issue of Handwoven . Learn all about tints, tones, and shades with Sarah Lamb's article "Shadow and Light." Then, put Sara's lessons into practice with Rebecca Fox's color study towels. Nancy Roberts explains how to dye knitted blanks to create Read More >> • Color is a core element in designing any weaving project, predicting the complex interaction of wa rp and weft colors, yarn textures, and color proportions. Even for a warp-faced inkle band, there are many interesting choices to be made. Here's Handwoven Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn I’ve read the Weaving Today eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Weavers . After collecting 25 years worth of Handwoven s, are there any patterns that Read More >> • Weavers at the Hubble Trading Post demonstrating for visitors The Rug Room at the Hubbell Trading Post. If you have an interest in traditional Diné (Navajo) handweaving and other crafts, we here at BeWeave It headquarters would like to suggest Read More >> • Women in Ghana crocheting handbags from recycled plastic bags. Learn more about this project here . Weave a Real Peace (WARP) was founded in 1992 by Deborah Chandler as a way to connect friends in the United States with textile artisans in developing Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have hunted in vain for instructions about warping a sectional beam. I have the tensioner but how do I know how much to put on each section? Can you direct me Read More >> • There are few things in this world I enjoy more than the warm spring and summer sunshine. As soon as the weather shows an inkling of warming up I take advantage of every nice day, spending hours outside gardening, reading, and—of course—weaving Read More >> • Summer is a time for bright and breezy weaving projects: a colorful something to grace our summer wardrobe or a summer table; something quick so we can get back to the garden or other summer hobbies, or something we can do as a summer activity with children Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am a relatively new and unschooled weaver and am delighted in the process, if not always the result. I also spin and want to use some of my homespun merino (not Read More >> • Recently I had the chance to go behind the scenes of the newest textile exhibit at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) “ Cover Story .” It was a photo-op set up for the local press, so we were ushered into the closed off exhibit area where we watched Read More >> • Today’s main Weaving Today post briefly mentions kesa , so it only seems right to explain a bit more about these Buddhist religious garments. Kesa are robes worn by Buddhist monks and nuns. Originally the robes would have been humble garments patched Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn is busy teaching this week, and so we bring you a classic Ask Madelyn, published March 28, 2012 Hi Madelyn, Would you do something on easier ways to count heddles—like Read More >> • Batik-dyed cloth. Photo by Martijn. The ancient art of creating batik cloth been practiced since at least the 4th century BC. While batik has a history in Egypt, China, Japan, and India, the country known best for this art form is Indonesia where batik Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! A bunch of us weavers were chatting, and not one of us knew why, when you use a sectional warp, you do not need to pack the layers with paper when you are beaming Read More >> • Who among us hasn't woven on a deadline, be it a textile exhibit, guild sale, magazine submission (of course, I encourage these commitments), or an upcoming birthday or holiday gifting opportunity? Karen Donde has been weaving on deadlines for several Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, When I wish to weave at a particular ppi, do I count the threads under tension or with slack tension? I like to count when the tension is tight because it seems Read More >> • First of all, a big thank you to the wonderful Pattie Graver for letting us know about this BeWeave It story. Thank you! When artist Alyce Santoro was a child, her parents used to tie audiocassette tape to their boat riggings to tell which way the wind Read More >> • Weavers who sp in (and spinners who weave) have the power to make cloth that is unique from fiber to finish. But weaving requires different yarn properties than knitting or crochet. Sara Lamb has created gorgeous cloth and clothing from her handspun yarn Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I've been weaving for a year or so, and I've had the opportunity to weave with various yarns and weave structures, but one thing still puzzles me. (Yes Read More >> • For this week’s BeWeave It, we offer an advance warning to the squeamish that they may want to stop reading now. Still reading? Good. Our topic today deals with silkworms, and more specifically, the eating of silkworms. The silks that we weave and Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I recently purchased two end-feed shuttles in an attempt to improve my selvedges. Can you tell me if there are yarns that would make using an end-feed shuttle difficult Read More >> • The American handweavers of the early twentieth century had to rediscover much that was lost over decades of industrialization. Today, our weaving community is blessed to have generous, experienced members to pass on the craft, welcoming new weavers, Read More >> • When I visit with weavers from around the world, one thing that strikes me again and again is that the weaver is so much more than his or her loom. Handweavers in remote areas, working with the simplest of looms and tools, create stunning, intricate designs Read More >> • Spring has finally arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and for many of us that means warmer weather, sprouts of growth in the garden, and spring cleaning. If, by chance, you take part in the latter and find nests of plastic shopping bags, don't throw Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, A couple of years ago I purchased the eBook Best of Handwoven: Top Ten Towels on Four Shafts . I made several Keep It Simple Towels and would like to move on to Read More >> • Laura Fry is a longtime contributor to Handwoven , a master weaver, and an expert and dedicated researcher into the science of wet-finishing of fabric. She is the author of the definitive work on wet-finishing, Magic in the Water. Here she is to tell Read More >> • Robyn Spady's dishtowels are inspired by a sportscoat woven by her great-grandmother Vovo. Some of my most treasured family heirlooms are textiles: handsewn quilts, embroidered napkins, and knitted sweaters to just name a few. There is just something Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, My question stems from problems I have had when weaving a sample. How do you sample for sett on a wide warp, for example 36" or 40" wide? My experience Read More >> • We often talk of textiles telling stories, and in some cases this is literally true. For example, the Bayeux Tapestry uses embroidered pictures to tell the story of the Normal conquest of England. Another, less well-known example are the quipus used by Read More >> • Some of Anita's creative cloth You know that famous poem about what you might do when you are an old woman? Wearing purple, spitting on the sidewalk, etc.? The first time I encountered it was when Anita Mayer sent me the manuscript for her wonderful Read More >> • During the Renaissance, nobles who wanted to show off their fancy wardrobes used to do so through public portraits. Later, when they wanted people throughout the land to see their clothing, they began commissioning illustrations mass produced from engraved Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, I am enclosing a photo (shown below) to help you visualize my issue. The string that ties the back apron rod to the warp beam on my loom has slowly been stretching Read More >> • Discover new weaving traditions from around the world with this issue of Handwoven. Explore the age-old tradition of Sámi band weaving in Scandanavia with an article and project by Susan J. Foulkes and learn all about the new tradition of SAORI weaving in America with an article by Marion Marzolf Read More >> • Many weavers also spin yarn, and some handspinners weave, but few of us produce most of our own weaving yarn. Fewer still have begun to explore all the color and texture possibilities of using handspun yarn in our weaving. Sara Lamb has integrated her Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! When does one choose to hang weights to tension a selvedge? Or beam the selvedge with the project warp? I have seen the selvedge wrapped with the warp on table Read More >> • There are many past fashion trends that we love here at BeWeave It headquarters—we’d totally wear a peplos to work if we could get away with it—but one trend we’re happy is stuck in the past is the hobble skirt , and so we're Read More >> • How to Weave a Scarf: Seven Handwoven Scarves from Weaving Today Scarves are the weaver's playground: a chance to explore color and weave structures to your heart's content. When you weave a scarf, you're not committing your loom for weeks Read More >> • To be a weaver is to dream. We dream of the exquisite projects we will make, and when life permits, we actually weave some of them. Here's a letter that my friend Julie Barnes wrote to her weaving cooperative recently. It's more about life than Read More >> • Ethel Merman in Ragtime What do Bill Nye the Science Guy, the eleventh doctor from Doctor Who, and Winston Churchill all have in common? Bow ties ! For part two in our A Night on the Town garment challenge BeWeave It series we’re focusing on the Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn is on a much-deserved vacation this week, so today's Ask Madelyn is a classic from our archives, originally published in March 2010. Dear Madelyn, We understand Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I was wondering if there is a way to fix a missed stitch in weaving? My shed didn’t open far enough and a couple of warp threads didn’t catch properly Read More >> • Quechuan woman wearing a lliclla while spinning wool. Photo by Peter van der Sluijs If you haven’t entered Handwoven’s 2013 garment challenge “A Night on the Town” yet don’t fear; we’re accepting entries until March Read More >> • This last week, I had the pleasure of attending the opening of an exhibit of Andean textiles from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC). At the opening lecture, CTTC director Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez gave a slideshow and talk about the weaving techniques, traditions, and communities Read More >> • Go into any museum that exhibits old textiles, pull out your magnifying glass or loupe, and prepare to have your hat pop off at the wonder of the finishing details you’ll see there. The fabrics themselves may be awesome, but it’s the little Read More >> • The incredible textile traditions of the Peruvian highlands go back thousands of years. From intricate backstrap weaving to beautifully patterned knit hats, the talent of the Andean artists is truly marvelous. For those who want to see some of these terrific Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Can you explain the difference between half-bleached and bleached linen. Is it the color or something else? I am a new weaver and want to make some fine woven Read More >> • At the start of the twentieth century, an ancient Viking burial mound was excavated at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg, Norway. In it, archaeologists found various grave goods, two female skeletons, and a seventy-foot long Viking ship. Among the Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am weaving a chenille afghan and using a temple to keep my edges straight. The afghan is 56” wide on loom, and I wanted the finished width to be about 50” Read More >> • This past autumn my husband and I were driving through the mountains and forests of northern Colorado enjoying the peak fall foliage and exploring the small towns we found along the way. This is how we ended up in Walden, Colorado, and more specifically Read More >> • Palet by Anneke Kersten (a bove) St. Mary's Pool by Roos Cox ( below) From May 10–12 the Thieme Loods in Nijmegen, Holland will host an exhibit of handwoven created by artists Anneke Kersten (who first learned to weave in the 1980s in Eugene Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, I have just put a new project on my loom and am running into a problem I’ve never experienced before. I am working on an 8-shaft jack loom. The shafts are tied Read More >> • Sara Lamb’s loose drafting style. In Spin to Weave Sara Lamb demonstrates combining warps in the reed. Nothing beats watching someone do their craft, especially when the craft is also yours. It is no surprise that crafts are such a communal hobby Read More >> • Handweaving Supplies: A Guide to Choosing, Designing, and Weaving with Yarn Yarn is the joy and sometimes the bane of handweavers. Choose the right yarns, and a project sings. Choose the wrong yarns and, instead of weaving a handsome pattern, you can Read More >> • There's a treasure at the end of the weaving rainbow! Saint Patrick's Day is coming up soon so we thought we'd celebrate by having the first ever Handwoven Loomerick Challenge. We're looking for the best original, weaving-related limerick Read More >> • Photo by R.A. Nonenmacher It’s hard to forget the feeling of brushing up against a stinging nettle . The plant’s stems are covered in what are basically tiny little hypodermic needles that inject a nasty stinging chemical concoction into any Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I’m looking at some wool yarn on eBay. They give the weight of the yarn as 12 wraps per inch. I’ve asked the owner if they know how many yards per pound Read More >> • Even expert weavers need help sometimes (not to mention the rest of us!). Here's Robyn Spady, one of my go-to weaving experts, to tell us where she turns for answers to those everyday weaving puzzles. - Anita Arrrrggggghhhhh! I need help! Well, not Read More >> • I am fascinated by what drives people to want to weave. For me, I think it is a natural curiosity to understand just how threads interlace to create a textile. It is a lot of fun to take a fragment of a coverlet and analyze it to see just how the threads are interwoven and identify the weave structure Read More >> • James Nampushi is a man with a dream; a dream of saving wildlife in his native Kenya through weaving. Before coming to the United States to get his doctorate in parks management from Clemson University, Nampushi witnessed firsthand how discarded plastic Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn When I am finishing my handwoven towels, I machine zigzag on either side of a separator pick between each towel, cut the towels apart, and throw them in a hot washing Read More >> • We've heard stories of people weaving items for their cars and of people finding design inspiration for their weaving from their cars. Recently, though, we learned of some talented artists who are taking the combination of weaving and automobiles Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn, I just finished threading my reed putting 4 warp threads per dent. When I started to beam the warp it was a mess, there were so many tangles to comb out. Is Read More >> • For those of us who live in northern climes, winter still reigns and, baby, it's cold outside. But spring waiting is in the wings, and the cycle of life is starting again. All my shepherding friends are awaiting the start of lambing season, welcoming Read More >> • PieceWork has been publishing a special theme issue on knitting for several years now, and it has become an annual best seller. It has even spawned a spinoff, Knitting Traditions , likewise a crazy success. Fascination with our knitting roots seems to Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, My husband and I are designing our retirement home in which I will have a designated weaving studio. I can't decide what type of flooring will be best for this Read More >> • Recently, Johnstons of Elgin , a woolen mill in Elgin, Scotland, that specializes in luxury fabrics was issued the royal warrant of appointment to the Price of Wales. Royal warrants indicate that a company has provided high -quality goods or services Read More >> • While the mention of paisley might conjure images in your brain of the 1960s and 70s, the bright floral pattern has been around much longer than that. The paisley pattern is thought to have originated in Iran during the Persian Empire somewhere between Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I'm working my way through your Block Weaves video, and I have a couple of questions. (I'm only through disc one, so if the answer is on disc 2, just tell Read More >> • As part of my job, I am constantly surrounded by all things weaving. I spend most of each day reading, writing, and talking about various aspects of weaving, and all the beautiful projects we publish in the magazine spend several months in my office. Read More >> • Suzanne Halvorson's scarves are inspired by African kente cloth. Did you make New Year’s weaving resolutions? My resolutions invariably involve setting aside more time: more time for weaving, for exercise, for reading, for visiting with family Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have been trying to follow the directions you give in Warping Your Loom for winding 2 ends with an individual cross, but the 2 threads keep ending up twisting Read More >> • Pleats and ruffles give handwovens not only texture, but also a touch of elegance and intrigue. They can transform an otherwise ordinary piece into something extraordinary. In her new exhibit at the Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley, California, Peggy Osterkamp Read More >> • Mention crooner Andy Williams and songs like "Moon River" and "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" might come to mind, or perhaps you might remember The Andy Williams Show, his Christmas specials, or maybe one of his movies. What probably Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn! What is the best way to reduce a draft when the draft calls for a loom that is bigger than the one you have at home? —Bridget Hi Bridget! I assume you Read More >> • Tom Knisely goes through every step of weaving a good rug in his newest video. It's time for new beginnings, new projects, and new skills. Weaving Today contributor and Handwoven tech editor Susan Horton's got the itch to weave rugs for her home Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Note to readers: After the email asking about fulling in top vs front loaders, I received some informative feedback. Madelyn, I'm a different Margaret than the one asking Read More >> • New Mexico’s weaving history is a long and varied one, steeped in tradition. From the traditional weaving of the Puebloan and Diné peoples to the contemporary tapestry work found in galleries throughout Chimayó, Taos, and Santa Fe Read More >> • Ban d weaving has been a common thre ad for ce n turies across many cultu res . Guild friend Cookie Mesmer weaving a bright band on her small inkle loom. Happy New Year! If you are reading this, then we both have survived the end of the Mayan calendar Read More >> • Weavers are increasingly experimenting with conductive threads to create cloth that glows. For example, Dr. Lucy Dunne , of the University of Minnesota College of Design, gave a keynote speech on e-textiles at this year's Convergence, and electronic Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am trying to make the towels featured in the eBook Best of Handwoven: Yarn Series—A Dozen Projects in 10/2 Cotton (the Dornick Twill Towels by Mary Frost Read More >> • The same red-violet appears warmer or cooler depending on the color around it. I love color. I love bright colors, dull colors, neutrals, jewel tones and everything in between. There are very few colors I dislike, and oh, so many I love. Combining colors Read More >> • Sharon Alderman's silk lace shawl is loveli er and more luxurious than any store-bought "pashmina." Gladys Strong 's Colonial Stole is bas ed on a reci pe by Mary Meigs Atwater , the first documented draft for deflected doubleweave Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have a rigid-heddle loom and have liked weaving on it, but I'm really interested in weave structures I see in Handwoven, such as overshot, doubleweave, and Read More >> • The story of how the power loom came to America is one of espionage and intellectual piracy . It all started in 1810 with a man named Francis Cabot Lowell . He believed that in order for the still-young United States to become truly independent, it needed Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I've been weaving for about two years. Most of my projects are pretty simple (twills and tabbies), but I have ventured into some doubleweave and did a pretty Read More >> • Christina's very well used copy of The Weaver's Companion in its place of honor, surrounded its friends. Sometimes it seems as if weavers have an endless array of tools to choose from. We have hooks for threading the heddles and ones for threading Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am wondering about fulling a wool fabric in my new front-loading washer. The project I'm looking at says to full for about 15 minutes. If I do that, I won't Read More >> • If you’re looking for some fun and educational ways to spend your days off in December, we highly suggest checking out local museums and art exhibits. If you need some ideas, here are some exhibits from around the country that might appeal to weavers Read More >> • In honor of today’s twelve-tastic date (and our amazing$12.12 sale price for the Handwoven 2008 CD collection ) we’ve written up a weaver’s carol instead of our usual newsletter fare. We think it’s a theme most of us can relate
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I'm wondering how the tie-ups in Handwoven are determined. I've heard about "walking" tie-ups; what are those? And here's a different question
• Allison I rwin's Sun and Stars Pouc h may be my holiday weaving treat to myself. I love this time of year––the sparkling lights in the long, dark night, holiday music, weaving cozily while storms rage outside, and visiting with family
• Rediscover wool with this issue of Handwoven. Learn all about the diverse properties and weaving possibilities of “varietal” wools such as Jacob, Columbia, and Karakul. Projects in the issue include a shadow-weave cape, twill scarves, rugs, and a satchel that’s just the right size for
• Damask Dinner Napkins by Frances Timbers from the March/April 1977 issue of Handwoven. I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t obsessed with history. Some of my earliest recollections were looking though my mother’s books from
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am weaving a piece that is as wide as my loom will allow. My heddles are distributed evenly on all eight shafts, but I'm not going to be using very many heddles
• Pacific hagfish in their native habitat First of all, a big thank you to the Sutherland Handweaving Gallery and Teaching Studio for discussing this topic on their Facebook page. I don’t know if I would have learned about it otherwise. In the past
• As any weaver who's worked with wool knows, fulling is a vital part of the process. Ful ling gives the wool fabric more stability by enabling the fibers to expand and interlock, creating the robust woolens we know and love. In Scotland, the process
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have a question, or maybe it's really two. I'm trying to weave huck-lace throws. What I'm looking for is a light and lacy look. A lacy fabric in wool
• The Work of Weaving The first time we spoke, Norman Kennedy wasn’t entirely certain he wanted to do a video about spinning, weaving, and waulking. Norman Kennedy established a weaving school near his home in rural Vermont. Norman stands with the
• Jack Lenor Larsen began weaving in 1945 while studying architecture and immediately fell in love. As he explained it , in architecture, he designed buildings that would probably never be built; in weaving, he was able to create something very real indeed
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have an opportunity to purchase a used 12-shaft LeClerc loom. I purchased an 8-shaft LeClerc only two years ago after almost twenty years of weaving on my reliable
• The blessing and the curse of modern life is that we have so many choices, from what brands we buy to what we wear and how we spend our time. In his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma , Michael Pollan confronts the bewildering array of foods available
• Not all extra long staple cotton comes from Egypt. This ELS cotton was grown in Hawaii. Photo by Forest and Kim Starr Egyptian cotton makes wonderfull soft and luxurious bed sheets and fluffy towels. Grown in the Nile River Delta, the long staples of
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I watched your warping video last night and got some useful tips I'm eager to try, even though I've been weaving for 30 years. Great video. What method
• Whitney's table runner and the painting that inspired it. During this Thanksgiving season, I can safely say I am extremely thankful for helpful weaving resources, especially books. About this time last year, I started working on my second weaving
• Weavers who will be in the Cleveland, Ohio, area over the next eight weeks will have access to a rare treat. Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes is currently on display at the Cleveland Museum of Art until January 6th. The Wari Empire ruled Peru for nearly
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! Some of the Handwoven patterns mention 10/2 pearl cotton. Unfortunately I'm not able to get 10/2 cotton from my Canadian supplier and would have to order from
• Anita Luvera Mayer is one of the most inspiring people I know, as an artist and weaver, and, most of all, as a person. Our video team had the pleasure and privilege of working with her on a new video that is as unique and inspiring as her garments. Here
• Women have worn saris in India for thousands of years. Sculptures going back to the first century CE show images of women—usually goddesses—dressed in saris. They are mentioned in ancient Tamil poetry, and remain part of everyday dress for
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I use a Glimakra countermarch loom with an overhead beater. I am wondering if there is any good technique for resleying on the loom. My normal sleying method is
• Liz Moncrief is a frequent contributor to Handwoven . Her busy, enquiring mind keeps her looms humming with interesting new weaving projects. Here she is to share her latest quest! ––Anita Just one of Liz's forays into designing with blocks
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, So many projects in Handwoven are now for rigid-heddle looms. I am wondering if there is a way to convert a rigid-heddle draft to a 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom? I'm
• From Cei Lambert's felted bag . . . To Tien Chiu's romantic cape jacket, this Handwoven issue reminds us that: Like many fiber folk, I've had a lifelong love affair with wool. When I was in college, a visit to the yarn shop yielded bulky yarns
• The January/February 2013 Handwoven is all about wonderful woolen weaving. While the issue includes projects from your accustomed wool yarns, there are also some lesser-used wools including a project made from Jacob wool. The Jacob sheep is an ancient
• Early last week, we received the sad news that there was a fire early Monday morning in the building that housed Judith MacKenzie's spinning and weaving studio. Judith is a renowned spinning teacher, textile historian, and master weaver known to many
• In researching this Halloween BeWeave It, we found a loom-sized void of textile-related stories in the horror genre. So instead of scary tales of human weavers, this BeWeave It is going to focus on scary tales of some not-human weavers: spiders.
• I do little dyeing, printing, or surface design and have never knitted. Spinning doesn’t speak to me, and I only crochet when I chain a long warp. I have always sewn, but now only when I have to finish a piece for sale or a special event. What I
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, dear Madelyn, Once again I have a question. I am weaving a tartan plaid blanket (60" x 70") in a 2-ply wool (3,700 yd/lb). I am using a reed that has 10 dents
• John Mullarkey, Handwoven contributor and tablet weaver par excellence, joins us today to to tell the story of his journey as a weaver. ––Anita John's Controlled Chaos Vest, shown here on a model, started as a band I started my weaving
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Help! I have been using Ashenhurst's Rule with Peggy Osterkamp's Use Rule to get a warp sett for particular yarns and interlacements, and they've
• Tablet weaving is an age-old art-form. According to the book Ecclesiastical Pomp and Aristocratic Circumstance by Nancy Spies, archaeologists have found evidence of weaving tablets made from wood and bone (like the tablet pictured below), as well as tablet
• I have a confession to make: I am the Imelda Marcos of bags. I don't sigh for Prada purses or Coach clutches, but I can't pass up handwoven bags of any shape or size. I have handwoven bags for projects, for carrying equipment, and for hauling vast quantities of yarn. I love handwoven purses,
• The judges have made their decision, and we have a winner for our Handwoven Haiku Contest sponsored by the fine folks at Bijou Basin Ranch . The winning haiku came from Judy Ranta, and for her efforts she will receive not only bragging rights, but also
• Jacquard looms are absolutely amazing pieces of weaving technology. Unfortunately, these fabulous looms come at a hefty price—usually somewhere around $30,000—making them off limits to all but the wealthiest of hobby weavers, professional Read More >> • One of the many new discoveries I’ve made since the purchase of my 8-shaft loom is that more experienced weavers love to give yarn to beginning weavers. Since purchasing my loom in May, I’ve accumulated a stash full of colorful cotton, lovely Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! During a past vacation in Scotland, we bought a large woven blanket with 3 inches of plain weave all around the fabric; the rest of the fabric is twill. I tried Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I was interested to see that you have just produced a video on block weaves . I am doing a block-weave project at the moment, Larissa Gibson's summer and Read More >> • If I could grant one gift to every member of our fiber art community, I would have everyone experience the magic of Taos, New Mexico during the wool festival. It is held annually at Kit Carson Park during the first full weekend of October, and this year Read More >> • Diné (Navajo) weavers are famous around the world for their beautiful rugs, blankets, and other handwoven items. For centuries, Diné weavers have created stunning and complex woolen works of art through the seemingly simple combination of Read More >> • Towels are kitchen wall hangings As a weaver, I know I am not alone in loving dish towels—weaving them, buying them, and using them. Well, using some of them. The ones I love most I hang in my kitchen on decorative racks and over cupboard doors Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I'm getting ready to weave a project from Handwoven, "Happy Towels, " March/April 2011, pages 52-53. The instructions allow for 31" for loom Read More >> • Philomela II wall hanging; handwoven wool and watercolor inset If you're looking for something to do this weekend and you're in the New York City area, multi-disciplinary artist Charlotte Noruzi is holding an open studio. Charlotte uses watercolor Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn, Sometimes the terminology gets in the way. My study group is going to be working on color-and-weave. I have been reading about this but all I find is shadow Read More >> • Robert demonstrating injection dyeing We have a winner! After counting all the votes and reading over each nomination, Robert Hils of the Southwest School of Art (SSA) is Handwoven ’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Not only did Robert get the most votes Read More >> • Celebrate the possibilities of adornment with this issue. Learn ways to dress up your weaving with beads, lace, shining threads, bright patterns, and even lights! The issue features twinkling snowflake twill and e-textile stars to bring magic to your table. Add an elegant accent to any bed or couch with Read More >> • Congratulations to our five winners: Spinniter, 4handwoven2, catseye03, Lindalhle, and JessicaF@16! Bundles of randomly selected back issues of Handwoven will soon be on their way to these lucky weavers. Thanks for everyone who entered, and thank you Read More >> • 1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 2. Eligibility Weaving Today’s "Why do YOU Weave?" Read More >> • According to statistics by the National Cancer Society 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Of course, those with breast cancer are so much more than just number; they are friends, family, co-workers, Read More >> • From the Moirai (fates) of Ancient Greece who spun, measured, and then snipped men’s lives, to the morbid loom used by the Valkyries , to the Incan goddess Mama Ocllo who taught women to spin, weaving and spinning play important roles in folk tales Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have woven two panels for a tablecloth (about 32" wide) and am ready to cut them from the loom. I have loved weaving them so much that I want to tie on Read More >> • Sara Lamb is a weaver, spinner, dyer, and an extraordinary teacher. She joins us today to share her reasons for weaving with handspun. This morning I sat down to weave a few rows on a knotted-pile bag and I ran out of pile yarn for one of the colors. Read More >> • By now, everyone has some awareness of the slow movement. We have slow food, slow cloth, slow fashion, and so on. Slow this and that is often brought to our attention via the rapid speed of the internet. It’s enough to make this slow weaver feel a bit overwhelmed by the paradox. Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have been given an 8-shaft cherry Norwood Loom to use. I have just taken off my first sampler piece I did in cotton rug warp using a very simple 4-shaft bird's Read More >> • Currently, the Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art has two exhibits featuring a selection of the museum’s over seven hundred Navajo weavings dating from 1865 to 2004. The first exhibit, Teec Nos Pos, runs until Septemebr 28 and features Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! In a previous post, you mentioned "weaving sticks" used to wind the warp on the back beam. I would like to get these for winding a linen warp on the back Read More >> • There she weaves by night and day A magic web with colours gay. She has heard a whisper say, A curse is on her if she stay To look down to Camelot. —Alfred, Lord Tennyson from The Lady of Shallott The Lady of Shallot getting distracted and tangled Read More >> • Weaver, teacher, and Handwoven contributor and tech editor Robyn Spady joins us today to celebrate the power of the modest yet versatile 4-shaft loom. Robyn Spady used only four shafts to weave this 2-block doubleweave table mat. I love 4-shaft looms Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn's teaching in Canada this week, so today's Ask Madelyn is a classic originally published on December 9, 2009. Hi Madelyn, I’m a relatively new weaver Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I put on eight yards of warp to weave rag placemats. As I wove, each placemat measured 20 inches. When all eight mats were taken off the loom, the ends were stitched Read More >> • Want to learn more about a weave structure? Try weaving a gamp! Susan Horton, a Handwoven contributor and member of our technical editing team, believes that variety is the spice of life, and she joins us today with a story of how the same is true for Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, As a sporadic weaver I am always unsure how long my fringes should be. I know that for items like baby blankets, fringe should be short, so a baby's fingers Read More >> • Jessica Madsen's dapper Diamond Vest "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great." —Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own When I tell folks that I weave, I Read More >> • If you’ve ever cooked East Indian food, you’re probably familiar with the spice turmeric . The bright yellow powder comes from the rhizomes of the turmeric plant, which have been boiled, dried in ovens, and then ground. Along with its uses Read More >> • I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way––things I had no words for. ––Georgia O'Keefe Color inspiration: Karla Stille's clever see-through rep weave rugs will be featured in Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I've just acquired an end-feed shuttle and have been trying it out with 8/2 cotton and 60/2 silk. Do you adjust the tension for different weights of thread Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have now started my first “proper” bit of weaving and have completed the first of a series of table napkins. I used the hemstitch from The Weaver's Read More >> • Tita's Kaleidoscope Bedspread by Abbi Bird was inspired by Like Water for Chocolate Fleur-de-lis needle case by Barbara Jackson Miss Terwilliger's skirt by Joanna Johnson What do Jane Eyre , Like Water for Chocolate , and the Bayeux Tapestry have Read More >> • In honor of Weaving Today’s guest writer—and fabulous knitter—Karen Brock, this BeWeave It has a knitted theme. As weavers, we tend to pay more attention to the textiles used in films than most people. (Admit it: how many of you are Read More >> • My first formal weaving instruction was in tapestry weaving. For a year, several other weavers and I would drive together down to Salem once a month to study with Kathe Todd Hooker. Besides being a renowned tapestry weaver, Kathe is a fine teacher. In Read More >> • A rainbow of rags waiting to be woven. Those same rags now in beautiful rug form. I would consider myself a novice weaver. I haven’t done many projects on my little rigid-heddle loom, and I know I have so much to learn. But I always get the itch Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I wove a scarf with rayon chenille warp and a silk/cotton weft. Now I have a chenille fringe that is raveling away. What would be the best way to avoid a "bare" Read More >> • First off, we owe a big thank you to the wonderful Deborah Chandler for sending us the wonderful link that became the germ of this BeWeave It. Ah, Legos. Some of us remember playing with these fondly as a child, and others think only of the pain of our Read More >> • We receive frequent questions about what structures can be woven on a rigid-heddle loom. Here's Jane Patrick, former Handwoven editor and author of The Weaver’s Idea Book to tell you about a technique she's been exploring to create mixed Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I am very confused about the difference between unit weaves and block weaves. We just had a guild program on block weaves and the presenter seemed to use those Read More >> • In case you didn't know, we've got a fun Handwoven haiku contest going on at Weaving Today, and the grand prize is four beautiful skeins of yak and yak-blend yarns from Bijou Basin Ranch . In honor of this contest—and our love for yak yarns—this Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com HI Madelyn! I am in the process of remodeling a part of our house to become my weaving studio. It isn't going to be very large, but it is going to be wonderful. (Lucky Read More >> • I have attended three Convergences: 2006, 2010, and last month’s 2012 Convergence in Long Beach, CA. Each time I returned home inspired, energized and excited to start a new project based on what I had learned. In previous years, my learning has Read More >> • Rules specific to the haiku contest 1. All entries must adhere to the basic haiku structure as described in the section “What is a Haiku.” 2. Haikus must have a weaving or other fiber-related theme and must be the original work of the entrant Read More >> • A group of swimmers from the 1912 Olympics. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. Since the first modern Olympic swimming events in 1896 there have been a lot of changes in the suits worn by athletes. From the development of synthetic fibers to more Read More >> • If you want to know a culture, look at its cloth. The materials and tools speak to us of place, and the designs handed down the generations tell us the stories of a people. Those who preserve these traditions are treasures. The late Gilbert "Bobbo" Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have recently purchased an 8-shaft countermarch loom, and I have threaded 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 (something basic) to learn about weaving on eight shafts. On my 4-shaft Read More >> • For a bit of fun and to celebrate the success of our new Handwoven department Yarn Lab, we're having a Handwoven haiku contest! The first prize is some fabulous yak and yak blend yarns donated by Bijou Bason Ranch . Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, A couple of years ago I purchased the eBook Best of Handwoven: Top Ten Towels on Four Shafts . I made several Keep It Simple Towels and would like to move on to Read More >> • Recently, I’ve noticed a bit of a change in myself and how I view the world. When I go to a restaurant, store, or even to see a film with family and friends I especially notice the difference. While others at a restaurant discuss the menu and the food, I’m carefully examining the twill napkins Read More >> • This issue features the winners of the 2012 Handwoven garment challenge "Look Ma, No Sleeves." Projects include a sleeveless coat for a child with inlaid swivel, a tailored men's vest in diversified plainweave and crackle, and a kumihimo wire bracelet. Also in this issue is a section on Read More >> • Hand Weaving Supplies: A Guide to Using a Warping Board, Weaving Shuttle, and Other Weaving Tools Many years ago, a starry-eyed young spinner in an Earth-Mother phase assured me that one could spin any fiber on anything, and then proudly demonstrated Read More >> • The Venus of Gagarino (circa 20,000 BCE), a carved figurine found at a Neolithic site in present-day Russia, is pictured wearing a skirt made of short twisted strings strung on or woven into a waistband, kind of a Neolithic hula skirt, a fashion that persists in the archeological record for the next Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn is away at Convergence this week so we've pulled a classic Ask Madelyn from our Weaving Today archives. This Ask Madelyn was originally published April 6, 2011 Read More >> • You may have heard of the slow food movement devoted to eschewing fast and processed foods in favor of healthier—and thus slower to cook—foods, but have you heard about slow fashion ? The term slow fashion was coined by Kate Fletcher in 2007 Read More >> • A few months ago, we wrote about how scientists are using Tasar silk to rebuild damaged heart tissue . Now, it looks like scientists are finding out that silk may have some other medical uses as well, this time in vaccines . Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have just recently purchased a loom and various ancillary items. Having enjoyed a wonderful weekend course at the beginning of June, I am now in the process Read More >> • In a clothing class at a recent weaving conference, a woman asked for advice and ideas for using several boxes worth of gorgeous handwoven fabrics. She had been weaving for years but had never been able to muster the courage to cut her beautiful yardage. Three days later, despite the instructor's Read More >> • Anne shows you how to insert lovely fringe into your inkle weaving. Sewing has always been part of my life. I learned from my mom, bought a Singer sewing machine with my first income tax refund, and sewed my way through college formals, office wear, maternity Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I just read a post where you recommended Texsolv cords instead of a cloth apron to connect apron rods to the warp and cloth beams. How does one attach the Texsolv Read More >> • If Karen’s main Weaving Today post left you pondering the meaning of passementerie you’re in luck. Today’s BeWeave it is dedicated to the subject. Passementerie is a very general term that refers to a variety of trimmings including braid Read More >> • The Tour de France , perhaps the world’s most famous bicycle race, started this past weekend. Each day until July 22, cyclists from around the globe will compete to win one of four prestigious jerseys , given out at the end of each stage. Each jersey Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I think you might have talked about this before, but can you tell me which is better to use as a tie-on method: slipknots, knots (what kind), or lashing on? Thanks Read More >> • I’ve always been fond of items that are both beautiful and functional, especially in the kitchen. I love my bright-colored enameled cast-iron cookware, my wooden tools and cutting boards, but most of all I love my collection of tea towels. I love how they look when they are freshly cleaned, hanging Read More >> • The Loom Owner’s Companion has proved to be valuable to a much wider audience than I could ever have imagined. I thought that the video would be watched by weavers and loom owners, but people have told me that they watched the video to help them decide what type of loom to purchase. Of course, Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have recently purchased a used loom and am just learning how to weave. It was made in Norway, but the owner didn't know the company that made the loom. The Read More >> • In Morocco, rugs are more than just a cushy floor covering or something to help tie a room together; they serve as beds, furniture, and decoration. Berber carpets are colorful pieces of weaving covered in tribal symbols and abstract motifs. A single rug Read More >> • As you may have heard on the news, this summer Colorado has been plagued by devastating fires. Tens of thousands of acres have been burnt, and hundreds of homes have been destroyed. I am writing this from Loveland, Colorado, miles from where the High Park fire burned out of control for days. It came Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Readers, Several of you emailed me with additional information regarding last week's Ask Madelyn. I had answered a reader's question about the possible causes Read More >> • As I write, the Handwoven team is heads down putting together this year's garment issue. The theme, as you may recall, was "Look, Ma, No Sleeves," and I can't wait to share this issue with you. Read More >> • For the second year in a row, Custom Cool is raffling off one of its custom rugs to one lucky person, with all proceeds going to GoodWeave , an organization devoted to ending child labor and exploitation in the rug industries of Nepal, India, and Afghanistan Read More >> • I learned to weave in the mid-1970s. I was a stay-at-home mom with a young family, so we had all the usual bills to pay and very little money left over for yarn. I planned carefully and bought just enough yarn for my projects, one at a time. There was no stash. My loom was handmade for me by my father Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I would like to weave a scarf project that uses a supplementary warp. Under equipment, it says to use ". . . a second warp beam or large plastic bottles Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! Several experienced weavers in our guild have had the same problem on different looms: despite apparently even tension across a warp, the fell line quickly becomes Read More >> • Barbara Walker said it in a nutshell. “Since the pattern warp takes up differently from the ground warp, it must be tensioned separately. This is most easily done on a loom with two beams.” This wasn’t exactly the answer I was looking for when I went searching for articles from my Handwoven Read More >> • Mention the von Trapp name to most people and the first thing that probably comes to mind (well, after Julie Andrews twirling on a mountaintop) is music. "Edelweiss," "Do-Re-Me," and "My Favorite Things" are just a few of Read More >> • A Biblical scholar and linguist once told me that in some translations, the quote from the Book of Genesis, "In the beginning was the Word," comes out as "In the beginning was the conversation." Perhaps because I am a communicator by trade (and without getting into the niceties of Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, Could I ask you a question re: weave structures? What is the difference between doubleweave and summer and winter? Is there an easy answer? I asked a weaving teacher Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn! Is there a difference between a rigid-heddle loom and a two-shaft loom in what they can do as far as patterns, etc., go? Thanks! —Debbie Gonzales Hi Debbie Read More >> • I started weaving in 1981. At that time, weavers were using relatively thick threads. These were your grandmother’s thick threads—2-ply, 3-ply, and 4-ply yarns, some in cotton, some in wool, some in acrylic. I don’t know if weavers bought them from knitting shops or whether they were Read More >> • As summer steadily approaches, many of us are planning vacations and road trips. These getaways are not just opportunities to spend time with friends and family away from home, they’re also opportunities to discover new yarn shops and other places Read More >> • What advice do you wish somebody had give you when you started weaving? Read More >> • Now that spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere, more than a few of us are breaking out our spades and shovels and are getting started in the garden. If you’re still planning on what to plant, perhaps consider a dye garden. While the list Read More >> • You never know who you’ll meet in a conference workshop. After two or three days sharing the challenges of warping a rented loom on-site, helping each other follow weaving directions in a busy round-robin, plus dining and enjoying post-workshop liquid refreshments, workshop participants can learn Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I recently purchased your video Warping Your Loom. I paid careful attention to your method as I warped 480 ends of 8/2 unmercerized cotton at 3 ends per dent Read More >> • Is there anything more luxurious than a handwoven throw or blanket? It’s an emotional two-fer: as you cuddle up in it or watch a loved one cuddle up, you can admire your own weaving handiwork. Come to think of it, it’s a three-fer because you have the fun of watching the pattern grow as you Read More >> • It had never occurred to me to learn to weave until I walked into the Salt Lake Weavers Store in 1990 and saw a loom on display. I took my first class in my early thirties, ordered my first loom after one lesson, and was off with a bang! Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have a 4-shaft jack loom and an 8-dent reed. I'm interested in using 8/2 cotton to make kitchen towels but only see 12-dent reeds recommended. Do I need to Read More >> • The May/June 2012 issue is all about expanding your weaving repertoire with new techniques including diversified plain weave, four-color doubleweave, and bead leno. The issue also has some great projects for weaving on the go including postcard sized travel tapestries. Projects include a diversified Read More >> • Toddler dresses with overshot yokes by Sandee Jaastad I remember 1999 almost as if it were—hmm. Thirteen years ago? Surely not. It was a transition year for Handwoven, with Jean Scorgie passing the editorial magic wand on to Madelyn van der Hoogt Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I tried weaving a plaid throw in plain weave, using a 6/2 worsted-wool yarn. As it was 16 wraps to the inch, I used an 8-dent reed and sleyed 1/dent for plain weave Read More >> • As part of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, organizers have been encouraging individuals and groups across the country to take part in the Inspire Program by organizing exceptional non-commercial projects inspired by the 2012 Games. There are Read More >> • Every year around prom time there’s a feature or two on the news about crafty prom dresses made by artistic teens from duct tape , Starburst wrappers , and other various unusual materials. These dresses, and in some cases tuxedos, are examples of Read More >> • Hi Madelyn! I watched your video Warping Your Loom and noticed that you didn't talk about how to measure a guide string and take different paths around the warping board to get a warp of a specific length, even to a designated number of inches. Do Read More >> • Shipibo fabric with elaborate kené designs. A mahogany dyebath has given the cloth its rich brown color. Most of us weave for the joy of it. Planning a project, choosing the yarns, and sitting down at the loom are all pleasures, in many cases stolen Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, If I want to weave a structure such as overshot, summer and winter, or a lace weave double wide for a tablecloth, what problems can I expect? I have just given Read More >> • A new textile museum recently opened in Thailand. The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles , located at the Grand Palace, is filled with examples of beautifully handwoven silks and elegant garments, including some from the queen’s private collection Read More >> • Samples may not be pretty, but they are just as useful as any scarf, dish towel, or runner. I know it probably sounds strange, but I love sampling before I weave. For me, there’s something cathartic about knowing that I can try anything I want to Read More >> • “Through the process of weaving, we also learn the process of living.” —Anne Lane Hedlund, Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University From a review of Navajo Weaving Way: The Path from Fleece to Rug Most of the weavers I know Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Readers, "Keep it Simple" towel on the loom Several weavers have written to me (and posted this question on the 4-Shaft Weaving Facebook group) that they were Read More >> • You may have heard someone say that weaving is in their blood, but what about their veins? It’s not a metaphor; scientists are now able to weave human blood vessels in the laboratory. In 2000, Nicolas L’Heureux and Todd McAllister founded Read More >> • Copyright is a frequent topic in the weaving community. If a centuries-old weaving draft appears in a book, is it then owned by the author or publisher? Can you weave from a pattern in Handwoven and give the item as a gift? What about if you sell the Read More >> • When the Manchu , a nomadic tribe, took over China from its Ming rulers in 1644 they immediately imposed Manchu-style dress on the new Qing imperial court. Instead of the ostentatious, cumbersome robes favored by the Ming, the formerly nomadic Manchu Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, A friend and I challenged each other to use a variegated silk from Convergence to make a scarf in a weave structure that was new to us. I threaded a straight draw Read More >> • Karen's handwoven yardage waiting to be sewn into a dress. Even before I started weaving, I was a fabric junkie. On rainy Sunday afternoons with no other pressing business you would frequently find me at the local fabric store contentedly flipping Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I would like to incorporate a few 3/8-inch-wide ribbons into a scarf warp. What is the best way to do that? The ribbon was given to me, so I don't have the Read More >> • Long before I learned to weave, I used to describe writing as being like weaving. Where that notion came from, I have no idea, but when I did learn to weave, I found it was accurate. When I write, I have an almost physical sense of holding the theme as Read More >> • While a few handweavers still produce tartan fabric using traditional methods, most commercially available fabric is woven on high-speed jet or rapier looms. While these fabrics are less expensive and faster to weave, they don't attain the quality Read More >> • Pattie's less-than-tidy studio The other day my neat-freak husband came into my studio and commented on the mess. It’s true, and that is just the way I work. This fact of my life became totally okay with me last October. During the Taos Wool Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am planning to make a scarf from shadow-weave draft in Carol Strickler's A Weaver's Book of Eight Shaft Patterns , p. 75 #296. I am combining white Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I've got a question about tabby. What exactly is it and what is the purpose? I have been weaving for about ten years but not often enough to be called anything Read More >> • Every weaver I know is his or her own worst critic. Well, here's Liz Gipson, former Handwoven managing editor and the star of a new weaving video, to remind us that sometimes it's better when things don't turn out exactly as we planned. We Read More >> • Last week, Robyn Spady and I were discussing some projects for the next issue, and the conversation strayed to the movie The Wizard of Oz. (It's not as random as it sounds. We blame typos on the flying monkeys.) We remembered how excited we were, as children, when the movie was on television, how Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! Most of the instructions for projects in Handwoven show whether or not you should use a floating selvedge. But they don't say how to sley the floating selvedges Read More >> • We’re still accepting entries for the 2012 Handwoven garment challenge until April 12. If you need last-minute inspiration, consider the waistcoat , developed and introduced in 1666 by King Charles II of England. At the time, the English court dressed Read More >> • While the deadline for the 2012 Handwoven Garment Challenge is April 12, there's still time to enter. If you’re looking for some last minute ideas, mull over overalls . Overalls are popular with farmers, painters, and small children alike. They Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am using a draft from Carol Strickler's A Weaver's Book of 8-shaft Patterns (#59, page 20). In the twill-variation tie-up, some of the treadles raise Read More >> • Handweavers may weave for decades without ever trying one of the major weave-structure classifications. The usual progress is plain weave, then twill, then block weaves and then infinite variations on those. So why does satin get such short shrift? Satin is the backbone of Jacquard weaving because the Read More >> • This warp-faced jaspé cloth shows local plants, people or dolls, and mountains, all important aspects of the local culture. Photo by Joe Coca. When Deborah Chandler first showed me pieces of fabric with jaspé designs, my mind was more than Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, Would you do something on easier ways to count heddles—like marking every 10th one or inserting a different style heddle every 10. You must know about every Read More >> • If you're still looking for some sleeveless inspiration for the Handwoven 2012 Garment Challenge before the April 12 deadline, perhaps you should ponder the peplos . If you've seen statues, paintings, or mosaics of ancient Greek women (or the Read More >> • Congratulations to paulab42 ,the winner of our National Craft Month drawing on Weaving Today . Copies of Color and Texture in Weaving and Slots and Holes will soon be on their way for Paula to share with a lucky friend. Thanks to everyone who entered Read More >> • The March/April 2012 issue of Handwoven is dedicated to the many joys of weaving with plants. Learn tips and tricks for weaving with a wide variety of plant fibers including cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, tencel, soysilk, and more! Projects include rustic hemp towels, a shimmering soysilk top, and summery Read More >> • Beautiful Handwoven Rugs: Three Free Rug Patterns Plus Tips and Tricks for Successful Rug Weaving Tom Knisely's krokbragd rug will give you hours of weaving pleasure. One of the first classes I took after learning to weave was a rug workshop with Read More >> • It’s National Craft Month, a great time to welcome new handweavers into our community. Rigid-heddle looms can provide an affordable and easy-to-learn introduction as we learn to weave, but they can also take us way beyond the basics. In celebration Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello, Madelyn, I've knit and crocheted for years, but I am a neophyte when it comes to weaving. I keep finding terms that are used, but not defined. What exactly is fulling Read More >> • There’s still time to enter Handwoven ’s 2012 Garment Challenge (deadline for entries is April 12), and in honor of this year’s sleeveless theme, we bring you the heroic history of another obscure sleeveless garment: the tabard . Tabards Read More >> • If you’re trying to think of the perfect sleeveless garment to make for the 2012 Handwoven Garment Challenge , consider the huipil , a traditional Mayan garment. (The entry deadline is April 12th, so weave away!) Huipils have been worn by Mayan Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn Thank you for your videos which I have found so helpful and for the advice you are so generous about. I am wondering if it wouldn't be possible to have the Master Read More >> • When I went to Chiapas for the first time a year ago, I really didn’t know what to expect. It’s just across the border from Guatemala and the population is largely Maya, but it’s also surrounded by a lot of tourist-friendly Mexico. On the other hand, there’s been a latent civil Read More >> • Some weavers can glance at a draft and see the cloth in their heads, just as a fine musician can see a few notes on a staff and recognize a Bach cantata. Since I took my first weaving class with Madelyn van der Hoogt, I've yearned to be one of those weavers. But it takes time and practice to become Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I'm new to weaving, and so naturally I had to get the 2012 Handwoven Calendar . The March 2012 photo is absolutely stunning and the caption indicates it is Read More >> • Thank you to the Rogue Valley Handweavers Guild whose newsletter pointed us to this week’s BeWeave It topic. The industrial revolution put many handweavers out of business, but some hardy souls refused to give up. Siblings William and Elsie Rose Read More >> • Throughout history, all around the world, and for one reason or another, certain fabrics , colors , and patterns have been reserved for royalty. One such pattern is the Balmoral tartan . In 1848 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased the Scottish Read More >> • It’s been a year and a half since both my book The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave was published, and the accompanying DVDs were released by Interweave Press. Since that time I have been given the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the country teaching workshops on doubleweave. Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have recently watched your Weaving Well DVD and picked up many ideas that will be helpful in my weaving. I have now begun to use S-hooks to weight my floating Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, I have a question about the sweet spot: that length of optimum weaving area on the loom. How does one discover where that sweet spot is without, say, ruining an entire Read More >> • There are many things to love about my current home: the electric blue 1950s-style stars on the kitchen counter, the hardwood floors in the bedroom, and the huge backyard. One thing my home doesn’t have is space. Learning this, it may come as some surprise that I have a studio. Read More >> • Silkworms and bees share the distinction of being the only domesticated insects in the world. Sericulture , or the breeding of silkworms for the production of raw silk, has been going on for over five thousand years. However, there are some —the Read More >> • This past weekend my husband and I made a trip to the family cabin: our favorite place to go when we need a break from the world. It's nestled in the woods near the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado, just up the hill from the Spanish Peaks Scout Ranch. Spring, summer, and fall trips are always busy Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, I've come into possession of a 36" floor loom with a sectional warp beam. I've not done sectional warping and do not plan to do so at this time. How would Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Oh, Madelyn, Help! I am warping for the Fiesta Cloth in the March/April 2007 issue of Handwoven . Not that that is relevant. My mental blackout is this: when threading the Read More >> • I recently bought my first loom! For a girl who lives in a very small (640 sq. ft.) two-bedroom house, this type of decision is not one that is entered into lightly. Okay, I did get a portable fold-up floor loom, and it does have only an 18" weaving width, but this baby sits in the corner of my Read More >> • Ravenstail weaving is an ancient style of twining and surface braiding used for many years by the native peoples along the Pacific Northwest Coast. Ravenstail had nearly died out in the United States by 1980, when a small group of weavers brought it back Read More >> • Spider silk is strong as high grade steel, can withstand extreme temperatures, and is incredibly light—a single strand of spider silk long enough to circle the globe would weigh only 18 oz. Unfortunately, spiders can't be "farmed" Read More >> • Research has changed since my first term paper. Type a subject into your favorite internet search engine. Hit the enter key and voila, hundreds, maybe thousands, of online references pop up. Some may be a little off target, others WAY off target and even those that seem on target may not be accurate Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am about to warp my loom to weave several separate pieces on the same warp. When I finish weaving the first piece, I need to cut it off so that other work can Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Good Morning, Madelyn, I want to know if it is possible to make a twisted fringe on a scarf without hemstitching first. While I like hemstitching, I think that having just Read More >> • 2011 was my last year as editor of Handwoven . I’ll probably look at the 2011 issues of Handwoven many times in the years to come, since every issue is full of rich memories. An editor forms rewarding relationships with many people during the production of an issue. The most important one develops Read More >> • Many of you knit as well as weave, so this week’s BeWeave It focuses on a very important campaign in the knitting community that’s working to raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States. In honor Read More >> • Hi Everyone! Handwoven's "Look Ma, No Sleeves" garment contest is officially open for entries. We'll be giving out fabuluos prizes in the categories of Best Loom-Shaped Garment, Best Tailored Garment, Most Original Garment, Best Project Read More >> • I love to spin and knit silk, but there’s something about perfectly smooth silk on a loom that’s simply irresistible. Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn, I am a very, very novice weaver and am trying to figure out the best way to learn about different yarn sizes and types. Everything I find seems to be about knitting Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, How were the setts for the Master Yarn Chart determined? For instance, the sett for 10/2 pearl cotton is 20, 24, 28. Why these numbers and not 14, 16, 18, or 30 Read More >> • Projects tend to linger on my looms, and while time is a convenient excuse, the truth is that I love the journey of weaving more than the destination. Coming to the end of a project is bittersweet, and sometimes I avoid the ending just so I can walk by and admire the work in progress. (Cloth never looks Read More >> • Tartans have been woven and worn by the Celts and then the Scots for nearly three thousand years. Originally tartan patters would signify where the wearer lived, later clan specific tartans appeared, and today there are many tartan categories. A recent Read More >> • Welcome to the Year of the Dragon! In honor of the Chinese New Year, which began this last Monday, here's the story of Huang Daopo , a legendary Chinese hero of handweaving. Daopo was born in 1245 to a very poor family in what is now Dongwan Village Read More >> • Beautiful, bright yarns will make most anything better When I started weaving on my little rigid-heddle loom it was love at first warp. I was amazed at how quickly and easily I could get everything measured and threaded with my little warping peg. Simply Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have recently purchased both the Doubleweave Basics DVD and Doubleweave (the book) by Jennifer Moore. Because I am a ”visual” learner, I have found Read More >> • Penelope is the faithful wife of Odysseus in the epic poem The Odyssey . When Odysseus has been gone on his journey for ten years and is presumed dead, Penelope is left to deal with a hoard of suitors all wanting her hand in marriage-and her husband's Read More >> • When my latest beginning weaving students came in to finish their final towels last week (I have them warp three times during the class.), I had to conjure up some dialogue from “The Wizard of Oz.” Remember what the wizard bellowed when Dorothy Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I'm a beginning weaver with a small stash of various types of wool yarn I'd like to use for scarves, but I only have enough of most for weft. How can Read More >> • Lovely Sea Silk warp waiting for an open loom. Time for naughty Gigi to give up her hammock! OK, new year, new beginnings. In honor of our upcoming March/April issue on plant fibers, I'm designing a handwoven scarf made with Handmaiden Sea Silk fingering Read More >> • Recently, Kathy O’Hern sent us some information about the wonderful display her guild, the Helena Weavers and Spinners Guild, created for the Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds Conference. The conference theme was “Exploring Fiber Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have a question about converting a yarn in project instructions. I have instructions that call for 10/2 pearl cotton sleyed at 24 ends per inch. I want to use Read More >> • Handwoven's new eBook will have you singing the praises of twill The first item I ever wove was a twill “sampler.” It was an assignment by my first teacher. She gave us the warp (mine was orange carpet warp) and the weft (mine was army Read More >> • Tom Knisely has taught weaving in a lovely, wooded part of rural Pennsylvania for over thirty years. Last year, Tom had a great idea to help weavers and their looms live in greater happiness and harmony. Here he is to tell you all about it. ––Anita Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn, My question is this: I read the patterns for a project and one of the things that confuses me is, say you have a 12-dent reed and you are told to put two ends Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I just tried Deborah Chandler’s recipe for warping front to back because I haven’t got a raddle. In her example, she only puts one thread per dent so Read More >> • For millenia, handwoven garments have varied from simple to sophisticated. I've told you before about my great fondness for Powell's Books (a local and, I'm sure, national treasure), and my weakness for out-of-print weaving books. Well, I Read More >> • This coming May 12th and 13th, the 800-year-old Medieval Church of Persingen, near Nijmegen, Holland, will host some exciting and innovative weaving. Textile artists Anneka Kersten and Roos Cox play with texture, color, and structure using silk, cotton Read More >> • Cotton balls, today thought of as white and fluffy, have a surprisingly colorful history: there was a time when cotton came in a variety of colors. Around 5,000 years ago, strains of naturally pigmented cottons were developed by people living in the Andes Read More >> • Today's guest is Robyn Spady, here to help us ring in the New Year. Robyn is an outstanding weaver and teacher, a frequent contributor to Handwoven , and this year she will be joining the Handwoven tech editing team. Welcome 2012, and welcome, Robyn Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, As a relatively new weaver, I am still discovering things. I was weaving some plain-weave towels and noticed that my left edge was much neater than my right edge Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, I weave a variety of projects with an epi of anywhere from 5 to 30. Probably having multiple reeds would be preferable, however, reeds are expensive. If you could Read More >> • For almost everyone, January 1st is an important date. In December, we send friends and family our news from the year that is ending; December is a time of reflection. But New Year’s Day turns our thoughts to the future. We make resolutions (Go Read More >> • Paleolithic fashion has long been depicted as loin cloths and animal-skin togas, and for many years, this is what most people believed to be true. According to some modern archaeologists , these Flinstones-esque images are completely wrong. In fact, archaeologists Read More >> • December 26 marks the start of Kwanzaa , a holiday created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga as a way for African Americans to celebrate their history and culture. For each of the seven days of the holiday there is a corresponding guiding principle , referred Read More >> • The hallow'd and gracious time is upon us, and so the whole Handwoven staff sends you warm wishes for a peaceful and happy holiday season. The new year is as full of promise as a newly warped loom . I love New Year’s Day above almost every other Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am having trouble with a selvedge thread breaking. I am using 8/2 tencel in the warp. I miscounted the warp threads so had to add one on one edge, and it is Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have a copy of Handwoven's Design Collection 16 from Interweave. There are directions for shadow-weave towels that call for a "false tabby." I Read More >> • This time of year has me reminiscing about what Santa used to leave under my tree. I was a girlie girl, so dolls were always high on my list. First there were baby dolls and Chatty Cathy. Later came Barbie, Ken, Skipper, Midge, and the rest of the gang Read More >> • Artists Eric Markow and Thom Norris have taken color and texture play in weaving to a new level, and they "weave" with glass ! From colorful kimonos to oversized feathers and three foot long “origami” cranes made from delicately Read More >> • UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list protects intangible aspects of cultural heritage, including oral histories, performing arts, and knowledge of traditional crafts endangered by industrialization. One of the most recent additions to the list Read More >> • For most weavers, buying a harness loom is a big commitment. And as with most committed relationships, living happily with a loom takes some effort. At first it's starry-eyed infatuation with the lovely wood, the number of harnesses, maybe the weaving Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have learned so much from your newest set of DVDs, Weaving Well. I have a question about using the method shown in the DVD of weaving in a new apron rod and Read More >> • Log cabin, shadow weave, and other striking color-and-weave patterns using both 4 and 8-shafts are the focus of this issue. Featured projects include a doublewidth log cabin blanket, shimmering shadow weave shawls, and a warp rep rug with optical illusions woven in the pattern. Read More >> • Anything But Plain placemats by Janet Dawson, from Free Handweaving Projects for Beginners Marjorie Erickson's huck lace towels from Free Handweaving Projects for Beginners Every once in a while, a reader will write to say that handweavers should Read More >> • “For fast-acting relief try slowing down.” - Lily Tomlin There's still time to weave a gift or two. The holidays are setting in, and for a change, I am not stressed. I can't guarantee that I will stay unstressed (a fact to which my Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com HELP! I'm warping for a rep-weave runner using 10/2 pearl cotton at 60 epi, 5 ends/dent in a 12-dent reed. Never having woven rep before, I had no idea how difficult this Read More >> • When weaving table linens for the holiday season and beyond, oftentimes linens and cottons are the first choice, but there was a time when the must-have fiber for these items was asbestos . Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral that grow in thin, fibrous Read More >> • For over a decade, the Magnolia Editions fine art studio has been using Jacquard looms to create stunning tapestry works based on the work of contemporary artists as part of their Magnolia Tapestry Project. From photographs to paintings, these tapestries Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I've been weaving the Star Towels that were in the September/October 2003 issue of Handwoven (Britt-Marie Lamb, pages 28-31). I've made them before, but Read More >> • Once again I am humbled by how much I don’t know about weaving. As a Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Fiber student, I attended a talk recently at the nearby Center for Craft, Creativity and Design by Julie Holyoke of the Lisio Foundation Read More >> • Of course I’m filled with gratitude for my steadfast husband, my interesting and lovable children and grandchildren, my terrific co-workers, free country, decent health, warm house, bounteous table. I’m grateful that I was born in this time Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, If someone makes a project from Handwoven magazine and then puts it in a guild sale, is that against the law? If the fiber, color or size is altered, then is it Read More >> • Italian weaver Chiari Vigo is one of the last of her kind. Like her maternal grandmother before her, Vigo processes and weaves with byssus , a filament secreted from the foot from the endangered noble pen shell and several other bivalve mollusks. A native Read More >> • Many of us have fond childhood memories of happy hours spent weaving potholders with colorful loops of stretchy fabric on a little square peg loom. But potholder looms didn’t start out as toys. They were invented as a way for sock factories to use Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I took your seminar on block weaves at the Association of Northwest Weavers Guild conference last spring. I bought the eBook Best of Handwoven: Comprehensive Guide Read More >> • By the time you read this, I will be headed over the river (the Columbia) and through the woods of Oregon and western Washington, to have Thanksgiving with my family in the Seattle area. Over the long holiday weekend, we'll bundle up and walk around Read More >> • I love books. If I had to write a sonnet, I would count the ways I love books in it. My mother was a librarian, and even in a librarian’s house, I sometimes had to hide my reading of books under the covers with a flashlight after bedtime. Madelyn's Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have a Leclerc loom which divides the shafts in half at the centre with a support that is about .25 of an inch wide. This separates the heddles on each side Read More >> • Few would argue that Vincent van Gogh was one of the most influential artists in history. From Starry Night to still life paintings of sunflowers, many of his paintings are considered masterpieces. Lesser known are his paintings and drawings of weaving Read More >> • Ask a weaver to name the most luxurious yarn and they might mention cashmere, silk, alpaca, or perhaps musk ox. While all of these are luscious, they don’t hold a candle to vicuña . Vicuñas, native to the central Andes, are related Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I've just started a color/pattern study project making a waffle-weave dish towel, my first waffle weave project. Here's my problem: I'm using 5/2 cotton Read More >> • Recently my father-in-law came for a visit. It was during this time that much of Northern Colorado was covered with a heavy layer of snow, the sort of nasty, wet, heavy snow that breaks off tree branches and snaps power lines. While my family was lucky Read More >> • Jean Korus explores shadow weave in her "Shadow Weave Gamp" Did you know that Mary Meigs Atwater invented shadow weave? Of course, she invented Atwater-Bronson lace, too. She also rediscovered the inkle loom, I just found out, and introduced Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am weaving the deflected doubleweave scarf on page 68 of the January/February 2007 issue. I am not quite sure why the right selvedge is somewhat messy while Read More >> • While many weavers may know of the unusual Nadeau Hand-Skil loom, but what about its history? Inevitably when a weaver—or most anyone for that matter—sees one for the first time they want to know not just how it works but why it came into Read More >> • Most everyone knows of and has seen the stunning images that Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel. Less well known, but equally stunning are the tapestries designed by the Renaissance painter Raphael . Commissioned in 1515 by Pope Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I was recently working on a weaving project at a retreat with my guild, and when I went to tie on the warp, a number of friends said that I should lash on rather Read More >> • I love to be around people who have forgotten more than I will ever know. No matter how much I learn there is always someone who can teach me more, and that is a great gift. To build weaving skills, I practice and read and take classes when I can. But Read More >> • Sometimes I wonder whether my obsession with weaving is pushing toward unhealthy. I was sitting in the dentist’s chair this afternoon and the hygienist was poking away, measuring my gum pockets. I could barely hear her muttering very softly 2-2 Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I’ve been reading with interest over the years about the need to use a temple, seeing that some excellent weavers never weave without one. Up until now Read More >> • According to legend, the Chinese empress Leizu was the first to person to discover silk nearly five thousand years ago when a silkworm cocoon dropped in her tea. When she removed the cocoon from the steaming liquid, she found it easily unwound into a Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, In a recent Ask Madelyn, you talked about temples. Did you really mean to say that you advance the temple every three quarters of an inch? Would that be for only Read More >> • I recently read that the Buddhist mantra Om Mani Padme Hum can be simply (and probably loosely) translated to mean: “There is enlightenment in all things.” Now, without getting into the finer points of religion or translation, I would like Read More >> • In honor of upcoming Halloween, this week’s “BeWeave It” is admittedly a bit on the macabre side. As it turns out, more people are currently choosing woven burial containers. Not only are these choices a wonderful way to celebrate the Read More >> • Anyone’s who’s ever taken a road trip across the U.S. is probably familiar with signs advertising exciting roadside attractions such as the world’s biggest thermometer or the world’s largest spoon (with cherry) . Well, now weavers Read More >> • Tien Chiu uses patterned doubleweave in bright colors for her block design. Rita Hagenbruch's halvdräll runner was inspired by mums, bittersweet, and the Green Bay Packers. The other day, a reader wrote to Handwoven to say: I don’t like Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn, I want to do a “double-doubleweave” wall hanging project on my 8-shaft loom. The layers are not to be connected except at the beginning to facilitate Read More >> • Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! When I've looked at scarves in stores, I've noticed that when the warp is multicolored, the weft is a fine thread in a neutral color. Is that how a warp Read More >> • "I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music." ––Joan Miro , Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramicist "One gets to the heart of the matter by a series of experiences in the same pattern Read More >> • In 1825 Louis Braille devised a sytem which allowed blind and visually impaired people to read and write both words and music. Braille, which uses a raised dots that are read by touch, is probably the most well known (at least in the U.S.) way for the Read More >> • Most of us in the West are familiar with the traditional kimono . Elaborately handwoven from fine silk, such kimonos are a luxury few can afford—a traditional kimono can easily cost as much as$10,000! Of course, such kimonos are for special occasions
• What's in your “fibershed?” As appealing as a little building out back to store yarn sounds, I’m talking about a different kind of fibershed. This word started popping up in online videos and blogs about a year ago as a result of
• This issue is dedicated to demystifying block weaves. Nearly all the projects in this issue use the same 2-block profile draft, but each use a different weave structure including doublweave, Halvdräll, Taqueté, and more! Other featured projects include a coverlet woven in summer and winter
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn, I have purchased the The Best of Weaver’s The Magic of Doubleweave and Jennifer Moore’s The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave , and I am new to
• Make Beautiful Woven Table Runners: 4 Free Table Runner Patterns from Weaving Today When in doubt? Weave a runner! The tranquil colors in Sandra Doak's Cool Waters Table Runner will help make any room seem more relaxing I am embarrassed to tell people
• I invented National Spinning and Weaving Week . This not like Al Gore and the internet (whatever you choose to believe about that). This is me sitting in my office in 1981 and having a light bulb go on. And it was so easy. I remember when I was a child
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have just purchased Design Collection 19, Scarves and Shawls for All Seasons . I have made a few of the projects from this book already and love them, but I don’t
• In honor of the upcoming National Weaving and Spinning Week , here’s a another weaving celebration, this one held in Burma (Myanmar). The traditional Burmese month of Tazaungmone (November) is considered an advantageous time to give new robes to
• Now that fall is here (in the Northern hemisphere) and the thermometer is slowly dropping, there is plenty of inspiration for weaving warm scarves and blankets. If you're looking for a warm and fluffy material to work with, you might want to consider
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Thank you so much for what you wrote about "The Best Weave Structure…" in Weaving Today . Ever since I was a boy of 14 I have dreamt of weaving
• I love the Best of Handwoven eBooks . And that might sound surprising, because it’s one of my jobs to make them. A portion of Madelyn's eBook collection printed out and organized. I’m doubly lucky there, since it’s a job I love.
• I’m always surprised by the colors of my woven projects. The way the warp and weft combine to make a surprising new color story is sometimes delightful and sometimes disappointing. It would never occur to me to pair acid yellow-green with violet
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have read in various places that you recommend using a temple (stretcher) as a means of getting good selvedges. I have tried that, but the teeth of the temple
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am a beginning weaver. Not only that, but I am not good at math. Is there a VERY simple way to calculate the amount of yarn that I will need for a weft? Also
• "You can accelerate your development by giving yourself a fresh set of challenges, or the same set viewed from a different angle, every day." ––Paul Foxton, painter Color, material, and structure all contribute to successful design
• In just a couple weeks it will be National Spinning and Weaving Week (October 3-9), a time for guilds and individuals around the country will show off their fiber skills to the public. As anybody who’s done fiber art demonstration knows, children
• To go along with Linda’s innovative Stash Busting strategy, this week's BeWeave It—while not about weaving—shows how Polish lacemakers have taken their traditional textile work in a very similar direction. The village of Koniaków
• Okay, this is silly. You’ll just have to put up with it. We’ve been having a “Bust Your Stash” sale at Interweave for the past couple of weeks, the idea being that we can provide resources (books, patterns, magazines, etc.) to
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Thank you Madelyn for your inspiring newsletter on doubleweave. A query: in the Doubleweave Pick-Up DVD the single block on a chart/cartoon for the image is woven as two warp
• In every weaver’s life, the time comes when yarn accumulation must stop, at least temporarily. Either financial, space, or spousal limits occasionally demand that, “No more yarn must enter this house/studio until you use up what you already
• Madelyn weaving a coverlet on a shaft drawloom Deflected doubleweave scarf If I were allowed only one weave structure, I would pick doubleweave, no question. I became a weaver because of doubleweave, in fact. In the early 1970s, my husband and I collected
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have been playing with turned-twill blocks and thoroughly enjoying it! The only thing that I have been having problems with is my floating selvedges. No matter
• Explorer Hiram Bingam III once wrote that, “Ancient Andean weaving, as developed by the Incas , was one of the greatest textile arts the world has ever seen.” While Bingham was no textile expert––expert Andean weavers had been
• The harvest season is upon us, so today we bring you a cornucopia of food-related weaving "bites" sent by our friend Pattie Graver, and also news of a good cause (because "as ye sow, so shall ye reap"). Our first bit of whimsy is from
• I am very fortunate to have a lifelong friend who is also a fiber friend. Sarah and I have been friends since third grade. In addition to the usual kinds of fun and nonsense that friends get into, we learned needlework together from my aunt when we were
• This week, we asked Christina Garton, our new Handwoven assistant editor and also a new weaver, to share her experience of how an issue comes together. ––Anita By this time the September/October 2011 Issue of Handwoven should have safely arrived
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have a basic question that I bet other “not-very-experienced” weavers also have. I always seem to end up with loose ends in my projects where one
• A fabulous spider-silk cloth on exhibit at Chicago Museum of Art shows one of the more unusual ways in which we associate spiders with weaving. But perhaps the most famous connection is the Greek myth of the gifted weaver Arachne . According to the myth
• Aft er the Industrial Revolution, American handweaving was in danger of going extinct. Fortunately for us, wonderful individuals around the country kept it alive by opening weaving schools and teaching others. Lucy Morgan was just one of the many who
• It's back-to-school time for teachers and students alike, and for many of us weavers, it's time to set some goals for the weaving months ahead. I like to set myself learning as well as weaving goals for the coming fall and winter evenings at the
• How to Weave a Scarf from Weaving Today: Six Handwoven Scarves I've said many times that weaving is unique in its appeal to two widely divergent personality types: techy people who love structure and pattern and touch-feely people who love color and
• Tien Chiu's Kodachrome Coat is one of the fashion-forward designs you'll find in the September/October issue of Handwoven . Any week now, those mammoth September issues of the big fashion magazines will be straining newsstand shelves and clogging
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn. Two of my looms have metal apron rods and two have square-sided wooden apron rods. (And now the whole world knows that I am a loom junkie!) I find it easier to
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I was given warping sticks for my birthday. Now I need to know how often to insert them in the warp. Thanks as always for your help, Ginny Stockton Hi Ginny!
• New eBook! Everything you to know about designing and sewing with handwoven fabrics. Learn to make perfect seams, trims, and more! For all you weavers who wish for projects you can wear (or are tired of those table runners, rugs, and other flat items
• People have always used clothing to make personal statement. For centuries the color purple was associated with certain European royalty. Today people might use a T-shirt to inform others of their favorite sports teams or bands. Wearing a handwoven garment
• The Textile Society of America has announced the theme of it's thirteenth bienniel symposium in 2012. In honor of the election year (one supposes) the theme is "Textiles and Politics." If your mind buzzes at this topic as much as mine does
• We don't often think about it, but our weaving begins with earth and light: the wood for our looms and tools, the plant fibers, and the plants that feed the animals whose fiber we weave, all begin with the good land and the light of the sun. This
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have heard about a "false cross" when winding several ends together, but never really experienced the problem until this warp. I wound 2 ends of 8
• The September/October 2011 issue of Handwoven is dedicated to handwoven fashion. The winners of the Väv Garment Challenge are showcased in a beautiful photo gallery and instructions for weaving and sewing each stunning project are also included. Other projects include a scarf woven with threads
• I collect cookbooks, which is pretty funny considering that I almost never follow a recipe. This time of year, my M.O. is to go to the farmer's market Saturday morning, revel in the colors and smells of farm-fresh produce, bring home a fridge-full
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello, In a recent Ask Madelyn , you stated that "On countermarch looms, the closer the shafts are to the fell, the bigger the potential shed." This seems counterintuitive
• Weaving has always been important to the Stó:lo people of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Before the Europeans brought sheep to North America, the Stó:lo used wool from mountain goats or small domesticated furry dogs (called
• OK, so today is August 2nd, one day after the Weave-Along ended, and I’m just starting to weave. What’s my problem! Well, for one thing, I have new sympathy and respect for the contributors I contact for articles for Handwoven . I tell them
• This great link was passed on by Mariellen Boss: " Mary Ellouise Black , an occupational therapist, teacher, master weaver and writer, created almost single-handedly a renaissance in crafts in Nova Scotia in the 1940's and 1950's. Her best
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi there. I have a 10-shaft Macomber loom. I have been told that weaving with only four of the shafts is not a good idea. I find this strange, but I was told that I have to
• Everyone has their own path through the textile arts. For example, I am a filthy fiber fondler. Perfect inspiration: my own yarn handspun from roving dyed by friend Klaus Kronenberg. Perfect vacation fun: weaving a handspun scarf on my sweet little rigid
• Whatever happened to paper calendars? Our cover girl, a colorful deflected d oubleweave scarf by Kathleen Morris. Isn't she a beauty? Barbara Walker's February offering will set "Hearts Afire" Just mention setting dates at a committee
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am in the process of weaving a blanket from my own handspun yarns. I determined the sett should be 5 epi. This would allow for the inconsistency in the handspun
• Thanks to Handwoven's handy calendar you might know that St. Paul the Hermit is one of the 13 patron saints of weaving , but do you know why? St. Paul was not a weaver by trade, but out of necessity. After escaping persecution in Thebes he moved to
• Free Weaving Patterns from Weaving Today: Rigid-Heddle Loom Patterns and Huck Lace and Collapse Weave Projects Here’s a free collection of weaving patterns and how-to information that every weaver needs—new weavers and experienced weavers
• I’ve recently learned something disconcerting. When you live in Colorado, friends, family, and sometimes casual acquaintances will come visit you en masse during the hot summer months. They all say they will only stay “a couple of days,”
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I'm a fairly new weaver and have been doing a lot of projects in 8/2 cotton. I ran across a draft for towels that calls for 22/2 cottolin at 3,175 yd/lb, sett
• A predecessor of today's rigid-heddle looms was the box loom or tape loom , dating to ancient times and used for weaving narrow bands for straps and decorations on clothing. (The term tape loom can also refer to weaving with just a rigid heddle .
• Christina is among the many thousands of people worldwide who enjoy public weaving demonstrations each year. Many of these take place at history museums and art shows . A survey of videos on YouTube suggests that overshot is popular to demo, perhaps because
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I just wound a warp for a turned twill block pattern (for the Weaving Today weave-along). I'm using Louet Gems fingering weight merino yarn, which is 1750
• As the new assistant editor of Handwoven, I sometimes feel like the new kid at school. Myself and Gigi, my favorite alpaca Eventually I'll get to know everyone, and everyone will know me, and it will all be lovely. But first I have to introduce myself
• Welcome, Karen! Hey, there, weavers. Starting in July, we'll be sending out several more editorial editions of Weaving Today each month. This gives us the opportunity to bring you more Ask Madelyn, more BeWeave It, and also perspectives from some
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello, Madelyn. I recently purchased your video on warping the loom. Thank you for the wonderful tips. I loved the tip on winding the bobbin. However, I do have one question
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, When you are warping from back to front, is it better to chain from the end of the warp or from the front of the warp? Appreciate your reply, Richard Schenkman
• Weave Along with us! There is still time! I don't know about you, but I need deadlines. Maybe it's because the publishing world revolves around deadlines, or maybe it's a carryover from college, when papers-due and test dates ruled. I was
• Many people in recent years have joined the "locavore" movement, choosing food grown close to home in an effort to promote sustainable local economies, minimize carbon emissions, and eat healthier. (There's an interesting offshoot, the "invasivore"
• Tom Knisely is a history buff, so I hope he is pleased to be hailed as part of a illustrious line of North American handweaving teachers, from the first peoples of America who taught their children to weave with bark, reeds, cotton, and the hair of mountain
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn - I am interested in finding some sort of chart that shows how to translate the yarn size and weight as well as the ends per inch into what size reed to use and
• The votes are in! Tom Knisely of The Mannings is Handwove n’s Teacher of the Year! Tom received the highest number of votes in our recent survey and his students wrote the most compelling descriptions of his teaching skills. His knowledge of weaving
• Shopping's a treat with this market bag by Margaret Gaynes Pamper yourself with Barbara Eychaner's seersucker cosmetic bag and matching slippers A handwoven bag is truly one-of-a-kind; you can’t buy one like it anywhere. Weaving the fabric
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Greetings, Madelyn. I was delighted to see the heddle counts listed for the two projects on pg. 40 and 42 of the May/June 2011 issue of Handwoven , but there were no heddle
• The blogosphere is abuzz this week about a great new video on the famous Harris tweed , "the champagne of fabrics." (Be sure to watch to the end. It's funny.) And here are fun facts for your post-video pondering. Tweed (from the French "toile
• A couple of weeks ago, spurred on by stories of "yarn bombers ," I asked you all for examples of handweaving as a performance art. Several of you commented on Weaving Today , and I was pleased to be reminded that weavers were pioneers in performance
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am planning to weave the colorful towels in the March/April 2011 issue (“Happy Towels by Tracy Kaestner, pp. 52-53). There are many color changes in the
• "The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts." ––Marcus Aurelius Demetrio Lazo's rug celebrates nature with a wealth of naturally dyed colors. Last year our local handweavers guild surveyed members about what kind of
• Hi Weavers, Yes, the rumors are true. I am leaving my job as Managing Editor of Handwoven . It's been tons of fun, a lot of work, and I've really enjoyed getting to know members of the weaving community. In many ways, this is a parting of sweet
• It’s a sad time here in Yamhill County. Woodland Woolworks, our local fiber arts shop, is closing. The economy, rising import costs, and the price of shipping all have taken their toll. The owner fought the good fight, but is finally preparing to
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, The question I have relates to making fringe on a scarf. How does one make each fringe and knot the same length. I twist and join the twists and guesstimate the knot
• When people meet me for the first time and find out I’m a weaver quite often the response is “Oh, you’re a weaver! You must be so patient!” This reaction always makes me squirm a bit because if there is one thing that I am not
• When people meet me for the first time and find out I’m a weaver quite often the response is “Oh, you’re a weaver! You must be so patient!” This reaction always makes me squirm a bit because if there is one thing that I am not
• I’ve been reading and hearing a lot lately about “ yarn-bombing .” In this fusion of textile, street, and performance art, public objects such as trees, statues, fire hydrants, lampposts, buses, and bridges are adorned and sometimes
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, It was recently suggested to a meeting of linen weavers I attended that one should unwind linen on tubes from a horizontal direction. The person speaking said that
• If you're looking for inspiration, consider that weaving itself can become performance art, as with this animated version of the Bayeux tapestries , available courtesy of PotionGraphics and our friends at YouTube. According to Wikipedia, the Bayeux
• All About Weaving Looms with Weaving Today: A Guide to Selecting and Using a Weaving Loom Maybe you are contemplating an addition to your loom collection? I know. It is shameful, but many of us do have loom collections. Perhaps you want to take the plunge
• As hard as I try not to overlook things in my job, sometimes it happens, and a great story doesn't get told. I'm so glad that is not the case with the documentary Saving the Weavers . Saving the Weavers is an inspiring story of seven Guatemalan
• I am a very trendie person. And the longer the trend, the better I like it. For example, weaving has been the rage among our species for at least 10,000 years. Whether for warmth, ceremony, or to adorn our homes, humanity and textiles are inextricably
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello, Madelyn. My questions concern finishing and care of pieces, made from yarns that are a blend of fibers with different properties, such as a blend made of cellulose-based
• Speaking of yesterday's chart-toppers, one artist has found a meaningful way to recycle old audio tape. S ound and conceptual artist Alyce Santoro creates " sonic fabric " by recording audiocassette tape with intricate collages of f ound
• Hi there! Thanks to the Tacoma Weaver's Guild for this little tidbit. http://inhabitat.com/juliana-santacruz-herrera-repairs-paris-potholes-with-cheery-renegade-knitting/ Best, Pattie
• I know we'd all rather be weaving than almost anything. But studies show that almost 9 out 0f 10 weavers also knit when they can't be at their looms. (And these studies were even slightly more scientific than the classic one about "four out
• The May/June 2011 issue of Handwoven magazine contains fourteen lace projects for woven lace. We've included delicate dotted swiss napkins, instructions for weaving eco-friendly cotton scarves, how to weave beaded bands on a bow loom, and more. We've also included a review of all of the winners
• We're approaching the one year anniversary of our community website, Weaving Today . I can remember when we initially went live. That weekend, Madelyn, Anita, Linda and I kept in touch via email as we counted 100, 200, … 500 users. Thereafter
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Okay, Madelyn – This is SO basic you won’t believe it; and maybe there isn’t a tried and true one answer. Ever since I’ve been weaving, I’ve always
• Did you know that iridescent cotton is also known as changeable fabric and shot cotton? This is cloth woven with different colors for warp and weft. When light plays with the fabric, there can be a dazzling shimmering effect. Shot cotton can be woven
• My yarn journey began in 2004 after an unexpected death in our family when I suddenly took to knitting to help me through a tough time. I didn’t have the money for a class so I bought knitting needles, yarn, and a 1960's how-to book from a thrift
• My yarn journey began in 2004 after an unexpected death in our family when I suddenly took to knitting to help me through a tough time. I didn’t have the money for a class so I bought knitting needles, yarn, and a 1960's how-to book from a thrift
• I am the second generation product of Swedish immigrants. My maternal grandparents and siblings emmigrated during the 1920’s from Råggärd Parrish in Dalsland to Chicago. Grandma and grandpa had siblings who remained in Sweden. About 1967
• I am the second generation product of Swedish immigrants. My maternal grandparents and siblings emmigrated during the 1920’s from Råggärd Parrish in Dalsland to Chicago. Grandma and grandpa had siblings who remained in Sweden. About 1967
• Laura Militzer Bryant comes across as smart, calm, competent, grounded. At first meeting, you might take her for a science teacher or an engineer. But in fact she is a masterful weaver , an artist who sees color as energy, and a celebrant of “the
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com We have two floating selvedge questions this week: Many patterns in Handwoven have black dots at the edges of the threading diagram that are labeled "floating selvedge"
• One of Laura Bryant's yarn products is also a great mother/daughter story. Like every yarn dyer, Laura has "tons" of leftover yarn. About ten years ago, she and her mother saw a cute sweater made of random stripes. “My mom said, ‘You
• " Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I. " - Anne Gibbons It's spring cleaning time again, and while I empathize with Anne Gibbons, I also enjoy dusting out the corners. It gives me a chance to revisit beloved things normally taken for granted
• Here's a slice of Interweave history from Linda Ligon: " A Weaver's Book of Eight-Shaft Patterns actually had two extraordinary editors. One was Carol Strickler, who was phoning in proof corrections even while she was in the hospital receiving
• Last week, I returned from the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. where I taught a week long course in rep weaving during their Scandinavian Heritage Week. I learned the derivation of a term we’ve all used when we are overwhelmed with
• Last week, I returned from the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. where I taught a week long course in rep weaving during their Scandinavian Heritage Week. I learned the derivation of a term we’ve all used when we are overwhelmed with
• A peaceful view from our retreat setting As soon as I finish writing this, I’ll pack and head off to my weaving guild’s third annual retreat. It’s a fabulous thing. We bring weaving, spinning, knitting, beading, and other projects, plus
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, I am weaving tartan and wondering what is the proper way to deal with the frequent colour changes. Does one break and restart or carry the yarn up the edges. The latter
• Pacific Northwest artist Laurie Herrick took inspiration from nature to weave tapestry and fabrics that ranged from representational to op art. An exhibit running through July 30, 2011, at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, celebrates
• I started weaving in 1969. As I reflect on over 40 years of weaving, there are moments where small lessons in color and design have been critical to my evolution as a fiber artist. In the current issue of Handwoven, I got to flex my artistic muscles by
• I started weaving in 1969. As I reflect on over 40 years of weaving, there are moments where small lessons in color and design have been critical to my evolution as a fiber artist. In the current issue of Handwoven , I got to flex my artistic muscles
• Waffle weave towels woven by students of Rosalie Neilson Have you been looking for our annual FiberHearts award? Well this year, we are trying something different, and we are getting fussy. We want to make a huge fuss over a weaving teacher who excels
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have difficulty with the floating selvedge; I know it is not threaded through a heddle but through the reed. When I’m weaving, though, it is always on the
• It is unlikely that any sole opinion exclusively meets the needs of our craft. Some of our most noted weavers had disagreements. In Weaver , Vol. 6 No. 3, Mary Atwater wrote, "The reasons for weaving are as various as the needs, gratifications and
• This is what I’ve been thinking about lately: commercial cloth. After watching a documentary about the Triangle fire on American Experience on PBS, I can’t get the clothing manufacturing process out of my head. Before coming to work at Schacht
• This is what I’ve been thinking about lately: commercial cloth. After watching a documentary about the Triangle fire on American Experience on PBS, I can’t get the clothing manufacturing process out of my head. Before coming to work at Schacht
• I’m Weaving-Along—Almost! So this is my first blog entry for our Weave-Along! I hope to take you with me through my, er, not very exemplary design process. We would love for you to comment and share your Weave-Along progress by posting descriptions
• Robin Lynde takes design inspiration from Georgia O'Keefe. To be a “Designer” of handwovens, you don’t have to be able to draw, you don’t have to be “good” with color, and you don’t have to have years of experience
• Learn How to Weave with Weaving Today: Weaving Terms, Warping a Loom and More You already know how to weave or are well on your way! Chances are when friends and family see the stunning pieces you have woven on your loom, someone says, "I want to
• I have never blogged before. But I see blogging as I see weaving. I love puzzles. Word puzzles, pictorial puzzles, and most especially, problems that need solutions. I am blessed and forever grateful to have been educated at a time when schools taught
• I have never blogged before. But I see blogging as I see weaving. I love puzzles. Word puzzles, pictorial puzzles, and most especially, problems that need solutions. I am blessed and forever grateful to have been educated at a time when schools taught
• Beautiful weather here in Colorado! It's a good thing too. I am a very poor driver, but today I acted like an adult and drove myself ninety miles roundtrip to do an interview for an upcoming Handwoven. You'll have to read My Space in our May/June
• “ We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time. ” – T.S. Eliot Sara likes to weave simple fabrics in rich hand-dyed colors . You would
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, A recent Ask Madelyn concerned sett and reed sizes. I have a follow-up question. If I want 30 epi in my warp and I have the choice of an 8 or 12 or 15-dent reed
• It might not look much like a real rose, but the “rose” motif is one of the most common block designs you’ll find in handwoven cloth. Though it’s usually in overshot, the rose can be woven in any block weave; just a few are shown
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Do you have information on the best ways to hang weavings on the wall? How can I mount them to not cause damage or stretch out? I have several wonderful pieces from travels
• According to Wikipedia, the fly shuttle had great influence on the Industrial Revolution. Prior to this invention, if a weaving width was greater than arm's length, two people were required to weave the cloth. When John Kay invented the fly shuttle
• Dear wise, generous, imaginative, lyrical readers, how can I ever thank you? Last week I wrote you a tongue-in-cheek request for advice with a very real problem: deciding what to weave with some beloved yarn, and you responded with empathy, ideas, personal
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Help! I am new to weaving! Can you tell me what reed I should use for fine yarns on the loom, and can you tell me what is a good book to buy that will teach me
• Back when all cloth was handwoven, no scrap was wasted. When clothing was worn out, the remaining fabric was often used to make quilts Today, commercial quilting fabric is a big industry, but many quilters also quilt with fabric that holds memories: a
• Have you ever wondered how to entice young people to want to learn how to weave, or spin, or felt, etc? This weekend I saw this very thing happening at the third annual Larimer County 4-H Fiber Fun Fest in Loveland, Colorado. In talking with Event Coordinator
• When I was growing up, there was no such thing as spring vacation. Because of that, I always daydream about what I would do if I was going on holiday in the spring. Well! My latest make-believe journey began back in early December when cutler070805 posted
• Dear Readers, My handsome hunks of yarn (Clockwise from upper left: rust Highland- style, teal Rauma, three Swedish skeins, and dark brown Romney-alpaca handspun) I’ve never written for relationship advice before, but I am having commitment issues
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello, Madelyn! I am a new weaver, and I would like to know how to measure the length of fabric I have already woven. I have searched all of the weaving books I have on hand
• Today's slightly risqué post is written in a centuries-old tradition of weaving bawdiness. From the folk-rock Steeleye Span classic, The Weaver and the Factory Maid , to the immortal Robert Burns, weavers have been known as a lusty bunch. In
• The March/April 2011 issue of Handwoven is a Designer's Notebook full of tips to help you with your next handwoven creation. Learn different approaches to design and ways to use fiber, color, and texture in handwovens.
• Ramona Abernathy-Paine blended two yarns for each color in these warp-rep placemats, featured in Handwoven March/April 2011 . Lately I've been reading Appetite for Life , Noel Riley Fitch's excellent biography of Julia Child, the woman who brought
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, As a weaver on the transition from knitting I have a question about sett. I know the answer is SAMPLE. Handwoven put out the lovely PDF that shows yarns used in the
• English is full of French words for cooking: sauté , fricassee, entree, bouillon, and many more. Many of our textile terms also come from France, where the Industrial Revolution in weaving began. Here are just a few: ` Cambric or Chambra y , named
• We just sent Handwoven Volume XXXII, Number 2 to press! Way back in the Fall of 1975, Volume I Number 1 of interweave mountain/plains fiber crafts was first published. Linda Ligon was the editor and publisher. . Does anyone remember these early magazines;
• So you started with a weaving class. Maybe you wove a scarf or a twill sampler. You loved every minute. You got a loom. You gathered yarns and other lovely tools. One day, during your third or fourth warp, you said to yourself: I am a weaver. But you
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I have watched your Warp Your Loom video and can’t wait to start my next warp. I have two questions, though. In one of the places where you were tying a certain
• With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it seems appropriate to think about how we can open our hearts and be of service to others through weaving. One person who solidly uses weaving to spread the love is studio artist and weaver Kathryn Pannepacker
• Back in the May/June 2010 issue of Handwoven , we introduced the Handwoven Study Groups as part of our new website. Since that time, lots of you have joined a group. Your first job was to weave a sample, due January 1st. Overshot by Rita Hagenbruch The
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I want to weave a draft from the Best of Weaver’s Huck Lace that gives a skeleton tie-up so you can achieve eight different sheds on six treadles. But when
• Hello Weavers! It is freezing here in Loveland! I walk to work and this morning when I was about half way to the office, I had to decide whether to return home or hurry to the office. Needless to say, I hurried (and I do mean hurried) to the office -
• I haven’t actually watched “What Not to Wear” on TV, but I’m sure I make every mistake in the book. When I’m shopping for clothes (not a favorite task), I only notice the fabrics. If I love the fabric, I love the garment
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn – I have a pattern that calls for 8 picks of light and then 8 picks of dark. How do I keep the selvedge edge from having a long loop of one of the colors? I don’t
• According to " The History of Tailoring ," the art of cutting and sewing cloth developed in Europe between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. The Oxford English Dictionary's first reference to the word "tailor" is from the year
• eBooks let me zoom in on the details. . . zero in on the topics I want. . . and window-shop enticing content. I live within spitting distance of a book-lover's Mecca. Powell's "City of Books," in Portland, Oregon, is the largest independent
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, there. In the "Mary Meigs Atwater Recipe Book" Series VI No. 11 it says,"Weave the pattern as follows: Treadle 2, 7 shots darker color Treadle 4, 7 shots
• Let's face it, we live in a gadget world. That's probably good news for those weavers who are tool junkies. Some of us love our compu-dobbies and the latest weaving software, and some of us love beautiful tools that hearken back to a simpler day
• Not too long ago, I asked folks to share non-weaving tools they used in their studios. You may have noticed that we included your great suggestions in the My Space department of our Jan/Feb issue along with tips for maintaining your loom. What are some
• “ Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. ” – –William Somerset Maugham Modern doubleweave band from Bolivia F or me, weaving is always an adventure, sometimes because I head off into
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I read all the reasons people gave in the Warping War Forum for warping back to front, front to back, or sectionally. But I wasn’t able to figure out which
• Hello, One of everbody's favorite weavers, Tom Knisely, will be commentator for live coverage of the Pennsylvania Sheep to Shawl competition on Wed., Jan. 12, at 3:00 PM EST. Tom has done this for several years and also volunteers with Sara Knisely
• Be sure to check out our Weaving for the Home Award Gallery. Our most recent recipient is Lori Pruessing who participated in Wisconcin's Loominosity 2010. You can see Lori's gorgeous rug here . Handwoven offers this award to honor functional handwoven
• Hello weavers! Have you been longing to transform your handwoven cloth into handwoven clothing? If so, then please accept the Handwoven / Väv Garment Challenge. Handwoven and Väv magasinet are cosponsors of a runway fashion show to be held at
• You may not have heard her mentioned among the recent Golden Globe nominees, but our own Madelyn van der Hoogt is starring in a new video, in which she shows us the path to serene warping. (Sadly, this was not filmed on location in Bali, nor are there
• In the January/February issue of Handwoven , Linda L. Davis celebrates her weaverly Scottish ancestry with a tartan jacket. Th e earliest evidence of tartans in Scotland is a scrap of woolen cloth from the 3rd century AD, which was used as a stopper in
• No one loves to spin a yarn better than Interweave's founder, Linda Ligon, but now she gets to spin yarns in a whole new way: digitally! Here she is to tell you about it. Seeing spinners in action is a great way to get energized about yarn. You have
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com I would like to find a pattern for a traditional coverlet. However, I would prefer to make it the size of a throw as opposed to a full bedcover. Does anyone have suggestions
• Digital tools are becoming a common part of the weaver's toolbox. Drafting and design programs let us experiment with digital (virtual) yarns to see what our ideas will look like before we commit yarn to loom. Other software takes us from design through
• Table Runner inspired by Kente cloth One of my favorite things about working for Handwoven is that I get to see and handle most of the items that appear on the pages of the magazine. Whether it is a project piece, a new item for the store such as the
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have trouble in figuring out what project I can do with a 12-dent reed and how to determine the yarns and setts I can use. I want to weave dish towels and dish
• "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there." Everyone is familiar with this line from the poem by Clement C. Moore entitled The Night Before Christmas . But what is the origin of hanging
• Congratulations to the Saunderstown Weaving School of Rhode Island! In celebration of their 36 th anniversary, they are holding an exhibit at the Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island through December 23 . There are 79 pieces on display that represent
• Jane Patrick explores the simple joys of rigid heddle O tto von Bismarck said that politics is “the art of the possible.” You could take this to be very cynical or very Zen, depending on your perspective. (Bismarck also said “When a
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn, I have a collection of old Handwoven magazines. In the September/October 1998 issue there is an article about Rib Block Weave for a 4-shaft loom. I have a 22"
• We’ve all heard of rigid heddles, but rigid sheep? No, I’m not talking about ovines in rigor mortis. Handwoven managing editor Pattie Graver has discovered a previously unknown breed: Lego sheep! Those clever folks from Denmark have come up
• Later this week, when the January/February 2011 issue of Handwoven starts arriving in mailboxes, you will notice a reference to 16-shaft drafts for Laura Fry's "Say It" scarves. We'll soon be posting this information here on Weaving
• Greetings, Although I don't know Bonnie personally, I do wish to thank her for this great video . It was sent to me by Philadelphia Roving Reporter Maryanne McDevitt. The entire time I watched it, I kept thinking "ain't it da truth?"
• Hello, We’re working on topics for the next Best of Handwoven ebooks and would love to know which ones you’d like. Tell us your most favorite one and least favorite one of these five (or suggest a topic of your own): Baby blankets (projects
• Tsimshian dancers spread their ravenstail "wings" My family had an extra joyful experience this Thanksgiving weekend, thanks to some very special weavers and dancers. We visited the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn. Whenever I look at some of these weaving patterns today, I think that they must be for a jack loom and be set up with a warping board. However a lot of us have
• According to the University of Alaska, Ravenstail weaving is an ancient style of twining and surface braiding by native peoples along the Pacific Northwest coast until the late 1700s, when it evolved into Chilkat weaving, and the Ravenstail tradition
• Do you have a studio pet and/or children in your life? If so, you will love the delightful children's book The Weaving Adventures of Edgar and Rita. Edgar, a golden retriever, lives with Rita, a weaver. Edgar accompanies Rita on frequent walks and
• Hear how weaving led Kathryn Alexander to explore energized yarns I’m just going to say it: I am probably the luckiest fiber person in the world. After dreaming of this for years, I get to work at Interweave, learn from master craftspeople and artists
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Greetings, Madelyn! I keep hearing about "turned" weaves. I think this means to take a draft where something (the floats?) usually run horizontally and make it run
• One of the fun things about working here at Interweave is having access to the archives. We are fortunate to have many of the notebooks that once belonged to Sylvia Pocock. Sylvia was an accomplished weaver from the Baltimore area and from what I understand
• The January/February 2011 issue of Handwoven magazine is full of ideas to help you celebrate, communicate, and commemorate the special memories and events in your life. You will find cultural inspiration for your contemporary weaving; our cover features a striking warp-rep table runner by Tom Knisely
• Nilda shares Andean techniques at CTTC T heologians speak of the “community of memory and hope,” and to think of community in this way has always been very powerful for me. I just returned from Peru where I had the privilege of attending Tinkuy
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! In the Slow Cloth issue (November/December 2010), Rita Hagenbruch’s coverlet on page 43 uses unmercerized 16/2 cotton and 20/2 pearl (mercerized) cotton for
• Beweave It! We all know that tapestry weaving involves discontinuous weft, but have you ever seen weaving with discontinuous warp and weft? It's called scaffold weaving, and it's been around for at least a thousand years. In scaffold weaving,
• Just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Can you imagine how long the list would be if we tried to name all of the things about weaving that we are thankful for in our lives? We could get really silly and instead of saying yarn
• Attention Guilds and Bloggers Gifts from shop.weavingtoday.com Wouldn’t you love to earn some cash from your web presence? We want to help you do that very thing. Did you know that you can become an Interweave Affiliate and earn 10% on purchases
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I am curious what factors contribute to fabric drape. I know that different fiber types and weave structures make a difference, but what are some general guidelines
• The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark has been conducting research on woolen sails since 1977. Weavers and spinners from Denmark and Norway have been spinning single ply yarn in-the-grease from spelsau wool for the sails. Eight lengths of cloth
• So which is best—Back to Front or Front to Back? The jury is still out on which way is really “best,” but it is clear that weavers can agree to disagree. Here are the Handwoven Editor’s Picks (Madelyn van der Hoogt, Pattie Graver
• Eva Gerd Asher's Holiday Table Runner Winter is coming, so get ready for those long, uninterrupted, warm and cozy days at your loom. Need some great ideas for projects? Here’s just what you need—a new Best of Handwoven eBook: Top Ten Table
• Madelyn, When I wind a warp and tie it onto the warp beam’s apron rod, I always have the problem of it becoming twisted after I put the lease sticks in and start winding on. That is, as I wind the warp on the beam with the lease sticks in place
• Beweave It! Are you ready for some wild fun? If you need a pick-me-up jolt, this might do the trick better than a double expresso. Check out this electrifying short film entitled Creating Love . It is unbeweaveable! It was made by the DaWanda Community
• Jacket by Judith Shangold Donatella Versace, Giorgio Armani, Coco Chanel, and Stella McCartney. Wait a minute! Fashion designers? This is supposed to be Weaving Today’s e-newsletter. Oh, but it is, and it’s your chance to be a clothing designer
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am doing a doubleweave scarf (MOMA Scarf) from a past Handwoven and I am using an 2/14 Alpaca Silk rather than the regular 30/2 silk (when twisting them they
• The Technical School of Weaving, or Väfskolan, of the University of Borås was founded in 1866. Today the University is a world research leader in “smart textiles’” such as cloth that changes color when a mobile phone rings
• Linda Ligon, Interwea ve’s founder, started Piecework in 1993 to honor handwork and explore the personal stories of traditional makers, what they made, and how they made their creations. Every other month, Handwoven ’s sister magazine, Piecework
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I have come across a question about determining which tabby to use after weaving the first pattern pick to make the pattern look 'right' in overshot. Donna
• Textiles often carry messages down the threads of time. For example, for thousands of years the women of Cappadocia, in Central Turkey, have woven kilim rugs that were far more than floor coverings. Before writing and photos were available, village women
• Since Madelyn chose to get everyone stirred up over warping last week, I think it’s time to restore some serenity to our weaving community. ( Tell us which warping method is best, you have until this Friday. Prizes will be announced in next week's
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I prefer to make up my own designs rather than working from directions; but I'm a fairly new weaver and can't always remember how to wash my new piece
• Beweave It! Like to weave with wool? Well, your wool devotion puts you in good company. None other than HRH the Prince of Wales is patron to the Campaign for Wool , a cross-industry initiative convened by Prince Charles to promote " the natural,
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn. I recently bought an old counterbalance loom. I thought one of the advantages of the counterbalance design was that they tend to give a larger shed, but I'm
• Beweave It! If the whole front-to-back vs. back-to-front question is too stressful for you, there are alternatives. For millenia, weavers have produced stunning cloth without a thought to reed or shafts. In Scandinavia, that bastion of back-to-front warping
• Things have been too peaceful lately over at Handwoven , so Madelyn just had to stir things up. "It's a touchy issue," we said. "No good can come of this," we opined. But she would have none of it, so here she is to tell you about
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hello Madelyn! Is there an easy way to sley two, three, or four different warps (hand-dyed) together? When I have done it, it's a jumbled up mess. I get it done, but it's
• By now many of you have taken Madelyn's weaver's personality survey , and the last I checked, the color/texture people and the TBDs had a solid lead over structure/pattern folk. So maybe it's time for a bit of self-study about color in weaving
• Our Handwoven study groups have been hard at work under the expert and caring eyes of their Mentors. If you haven’t had the fun of participating (learn more at weavingtoday.com ), we thought you’d like to see what your fellow weavers are up
• In honor of Spinning and Weaving Week, I thought it might be a good idea to celebrate the weaver within each of us. Maybe this week, we can recognize our own unique gifts and offer those to our community instead of falling into that silly trap of comparing
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am planning to do a turned (warp-way) overshot project and I am following a pattern. Is it possible to turn any overshot pattern into its turned version should
• Traditional waulking songs helped make the hard work of fulling cloth into a festive gathering. Here is a gorgeous performance of a traditional Scottish waulking song , performed by singer Margaret Stewart on the BBC series The Highland Sessions . And
• In times past. textile tasks helped define the rhythm of the year. Anyone who's looked at the 2011 Handwoven Calendar has seen the days of the many saints who oversaw and blessed the steps of cloth-making: St. Blaise of the wool-combers, St. Crispin
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, Could you please comment on star and rose treadling? I gather star = tromp as writ. Rose is more confusing. Is it the name given to a variety of lift plans that result
• If you're one of those beautiful people who can wear jeans that look like they were painted on (or if you just admire the aesthetic), rejoice. Now there's clothing that's literally painted on . The brainchild of a Spanish fashion designer
• Rita Buchanan is a constant source of inspiration as a weaver, spinner, gardener, and as a fount of overflowing joie de vivre . Some years ago, in a keynote address at a fiber conference, she showed us pictures of her lovingly designed garden and studio
• Hello Weavers, Take a look here. Yup! That is handwoven cloth being used to cover restaurant equipment in an outdoor kitchen. I stumbled upon this while on vacation, and I mentioned to a hotel staff member that they were using handwoven cloth to protect
• This issue is all about the joy of the weaving process and what "slow cloth" means to handweavers. We invite you to peruse ten beautiful projects that you can weave as presented or use for inspiration for your own creations. And, just in case you want to go even slower than creating your own
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I am new to doubleweave and have been told that any overshot pattern can be used to weave a doublewide fabric. How do I figure out the treadling, especially when
• Pattie Graver, Handwoven managing editor and Roving Reporter maven, has a daugher who has lived in and imported textiles from India. Pattie recently sent a link to this beautiful video about the making of khadi , a coarse handspun and hand-woven cloth
• Handwoven Roving Reporters Warp and weft have been used as metaphors for the structure of life. This example was clearly put into action in August of 2005 when fellow handweavers were among those in New Orleans who experienced the destruction of Hurricane
• No, we're not aspiring to become Cosmopolitan magazine with its famous tests, but Madelyn van der Hoogt has developed a weaver's personality assessment. I've taken it, and it's fun and sure to generate some interesting conversation during
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn, I'm new to weaving and recently purchased a Leclerc Nilus 45" 4-shaft loom. I also purchased 1" sectional attachments, tension box, and spools. I
• Are you indescribable as a weaver? Do you defy classification? Maybe SAORI weaving is for you. SAORI is a Zen approach to weaving. SA is the first syllable of the word SAI , a Zen concept meaning that everything has its own individual dignity. ORI is
• Write the number for each answer (you must answer every question and choose only one answer for each). Add up the numbers of your answers (11 numbers). A. I would rather weave 1. An alpaca shawl. 2. Linen placemats or tablecloths. 3. A sampler using networking
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I have a 36” wide loom. I learned to weave on a much narrower loom and had no tension problems with it. After I wove for a while on the wider loom, the
• My unexpectedly "exuberant" fringe We put so much thought and energy into our weaving – the colors, the structure, the sett, the selvedges. Yet, when all of that is said and done, the small details of finishing can determine whether your
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, I was wondering if I could get some advice on how to blend colors in a warp. I'm not very knowledgeable about painting warp, so I would be using commercially dyed
• From Merriam-Webster Online : in·vest \in-'vest\ Function: transitive verb Etymology: Latin investire to clothe, surround, from in- + vestis garment a : to array in the symbols of office or honor b : to furnish with power or authority Anita
• Years ago I saw a rug that the weaver called a 'stuffer rug'. I don't know if that means two warps or more wefts? It was very pretty and thick, which is what I'd want for a rug I'd like to weave for my new grandchild. I do remember
• Since we’re getting funky with yarn, we must not neglect the increasing popular eco-option. Whether you call it plarn or parn, a guild gallery or show-and-tell is now scarcely complete without items woven, knitted, crocheted or otherwise fashioned
• Ruth Ronan turns handpainted skeins to painted warp. Are you a chaste conehead, cleaving to your spools of 10/2 cotton, 16/2 linen, and 12/2 wool? If so, I must warn you, as a friend, that the September/October issue of Handwoven may tempt you to kick
• Jane Patrick fell in love with weaving when she was an exchange student at the Löngumýri home economics school in Iceland. Textiles have been at the core of life in Iceland for more than 1,100 years. Icelandic textile maker Istex says that
• All Together Now combines materials, colors, and structure in a playful way. Do you remember the classic Saturday Night Live skit where Gilda Radner and friends advertised Shimmer, an amazing product that was both a floor wax AND a dessert topping? Some
• Liz Moncrief and her Randall Darwall scarf I save postcards sent home from vacation trips. They're displayed on the refrigerator for months, then they become bookmarks, and eventually they find their way into some little cache of pictures and letters
• If you go and look at the video postcards from Convergence , you'll see a brief, but cordial greeting from Eileen and Carl Coop at Bijou Basin. These lovely people escaped after decades in high tech, moved to a 70-acre ranch, Carl became a vet tech
• Tradition . . . and innovation. Friends, old and new. Sometimes we see things more clearly at a distance, and this is certainly true of an event like Convergence. Being there was such a swirl of sights, people, and ideas, it’s only now that my impressions
• Dear Madelyn, I am weaving with 10/2 mercerized cotton—two projects on two looms. One is 46” wide, the other is 10” wide. They are both set at 24 EPI. On the 10” wide project the PPI is 24. On the 46” wide project, the best
• Beweave It! Mary Meigs Atwater, the "Dean of American Handweaving," was a woman of the world. Raised in Iowa, she travelled to Europe, then studied art at the Chicago Art Institute and in Paris, France. Life with engineer husband Max Atwater
• "It is not a dead art we are reviving but a new and growing art." – Mary Meigs Atwater Striped Spring Tablecloth By Ronnine Bohannan I’m writing this post from my hotel room at Convergence in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We’ve
• This issue contains 14 projects in yak, cashmere, alpaca, paper, and more! There are five projects that can also be woven on a rigid-heddle loom and a special bonus yarn insert. Special Yarn Issue!
• Hello everyone, It feels like Christmas Eve! Tommorow I head for Convergence, and even though I'll be working the whole time, I'm happy to be part of all that wonderful weaverly energy. Please stop by the Interweave booth in the Vendor Hall and
• Beweave It! If you're headed for Convergence or planning a trip to New Mexico, check out New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails , created by New Mexico Arts and a grassroots network of fiber artists to cultivate awareness of New Mexico's rich fiber arts
• In my high school drama group, the moment before the curtain went up on opening night, the cast waiting in the wings would give each other big hugs and whisper "It's magic time!" Magic time is the moment when you walk into the lights and
• I have a new loom (new to me) and have had many breaking warp threads—they are on the sides, on both sides. What do I look for and how do I correct this? —Janet Dear Janet, It would be unusual for the loom itself to cause warp threads to break
• Beweave It! Some weaving traditions are handed down and some weaving begins as a gift to the future. Inunoo Inuit Carpets is a licensed importer of GoodWeave-certified rugs. While consulting in the Arctic for the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, textile
• For centuries, weaving has been a proud profession, passed down from generation to generation. Even today, many of us know or can name a handweaving family or two. But some children in developing countries are forced to work at weaving, particularly carpet
• I always start my treadling from the top down. I recently read in an old weaving magazine that you should start from the bottom up. What was the reason for this? —Jeanie Campbell Dear Jeanie, Thank you so much for asking this question. (Don't
• Hi Madelyn, I have been studying Handwoven May/June 2010, featuring double weave, and I want to take the plunge to make a double-width (folded) woolen blankets. I get the concept in general from reading various articles BUT I really want to do plaid blankets
• The Newbury spinners and weavers at work Weaving is a product of time and place, and there are as many perspectives on it as there are weavers. Last week Madelyn talked about the pleasures of slow weaving. But slow weaving wasn’t always appreciated
• It’s hard for us, in this age of machine-produced cloth, to imagine the excitement generated when mill owner John Coxeter of Newbury, England, produced a coat for Baronet John Throckmorton, from shearing to wearing, in just over 13 hours. An estimated
• Thanks to all of you who have responded to Deborah Chandler's suggestions for helping the Guatemalan weavers affected by the recent flooding and volcanic eruptions. To celebrate your good works, here are a couple of nicely done video links about Guatemalan
• Madelyn in a previous life, weaving slow cloth In a recent survey of our readers, we asked the question: What is most missing in your weaving life. Your universal answer was: TIME! This probably would have been my answer, too, which got me to thinking
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I would like some help, please, with the finishing of some fabric I have just woven. The yarn is a 2-ply worsted handspun from woolcombed Bleu de Maine fleece
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, When throwing the shuttle, I kept wanting to get a bigger angle on the yarn in the shed. I recently hit on the idea of turning the shuttle around so its slit
• We’ve been reviewing the results of our reader survey, and it’s apparent that you are a multitalented group. In addition to weaving on-loom and off, more than half of you spin, which is great to see. Besides providing balance for the often
• Well, I survived the drive through the canyon, and I'm back from my workshop at the Estes Park Wool Market. I took a two-day class with Susan Wilson on classic crackle. I am amazed at how much you can get out of 4-shafts. Not only did the class weave
• Mabel Ross may no longer be the only or the last word on spinning, but we all owe her a great debt of gratitude. The mother of modern spinning techniques, Mabel’s scholarship and technical ability provided the foundations of the diverse spinning
• All weaving workshops have some qualities in common. Everyone spends the whole time weaving, thinking about weaving, and talking about weaving. This is always a joy, since back at home, family and friends roll their eyes at too much weaving talk. The
• Here in Colorado, the Estes Park Wool Market starts tomorrow! I'm really excited, and I'm attending a two-day class on crackle taught by Susan Wilson. She is also the mentor of our crackle study group here on weavingtoday.com. I must confess.
• Beweave It! June 9, 2010 If you're looking for weaving inspiration, there's no better source than Mother Nature herself: the Fibonacci sequence, the Golden Ratio, and other natural sequences and proportions have been used by artisans, architects
• By now, we've all seen the pictures of the devastation in Guatemala. A few of us have been hearing firsthand from Deborah Chandler, of Mayan Hands, about the effect of these disasters on our fellow weavers and artisans. Deborah's community has
• We're over forty-eight hours into our official launch of Handwoven Weaving Today. Please don't tell Madelyn or Linda, but I didn't get a thing accomplished at the office on Wednesday. I kept monitoring the site to see if people were finding
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi again, Madelyn, I read in Allen Fannin's book about how best to wind a bobbin. I wasn't exactly certain what he meant, but it sounded like this: it's best not
• I'm back from the woods of Northern Ontario, where the Weavers and Spinners of Ontario North held this year's conference. Attendees of WASOON, some from Southern Ontario, drove as many as twelve hours to get to Kapuskasing, the conference location
• I love anagrams. (I love palindromes even more, but they are harder.) For someone not even a generation removed from yellow legal pads and #2 pencils, the whole concept of “blog” feels like a “glob” to me. You natter away on a
• "Gonna make this garden grow. Gonna mulch it deep and low, gonna make it fertile ground." I love this song, a Pete Seeger classic, because it expresses the hope and determination with which we plant seeds. It's gardening season, and as I
• All of us at Handwoven are very excited about this new website. I am a little intimidated, though, because as many blogs as I've read, I've never actually written one. I am reminded of a commercial on TV where a family is all sitting on the porch
• Welcome to our new Handwoven - Weaving Today community website! My personal wish is that we can help weavers come together and grow our community. I'm hoping that a greater presence on the internet will serve as a resource to all, attract new weavers
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn! I want to make upholstery material for our breakfast bar stools. We use the area a lot, so the material needs to be strong. What yarns are suitable for upholstery
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn Our guild owns an 8-shaft LeClerc loom. We have set up Lynn Tedder's project for fingertip towels from the Handwoven website, which is a lace threading and
• Sampling is a great way for both new and experienced weavers to gain new skills! In this issue, Handwoven offers eighteen projects and study-group starters. Also, see the spectacular winners of the Not Just for Socks contest. For this challenge, weavers had to create something that featured sock yarn
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I'm weaving a scarf with some very expensive beaded novelty yarn, and I don't want to waste an inch of it. I've heard of something called a "dummy
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, Is the weft angle in each shed always the same angle? What angle do you recommend, if there is a standard? ––Joanne Cyphers Hi Joanne! This is an excellent
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Madelyn, I weave with a jack-type loom (rising shed). I have never found a good description of the difference between counterbalance looms, countermarch looms and a sinking
• In this issue, we have great tips and projects that will inspire weavers to learn a variety of doubleweave techniques.
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, there. I am about to try my first doublewidth cloth inspired by Tom Knisely’s blanket in the March/April Handwoven. My project is a cotton tablecloth 60 inches wide
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, We understand that when the fell line at the selvedges starts smiling, our selvedge warp threads are too loose. But when this happens mid-project, is it better
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Is it possible to double weave a black and white checkboard design on a 4-shaft loom? If so, where can I obtain the threading and tie up? Thank you, ––R
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Could you explain the difference between Portee Cross and Porrey Cross, terms that I've come across in some English weaving books, and how/when these are
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Years ago I was given a great number of heddles called "long eye." They are 12 inches long and the eye is five inches long. Would you explain the use
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi Madelyn, I find that some yarn I want to use seems to look best at 11 epi –– by the way, thanks for the sett thing from Halcyon in the current issue ––
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn. I'm weaving a double-krokbragd piece, and with most shafts raised on each pick, the shuttle is falling through the widely spaced warp threads that are down
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn! In "Twill and Tencel for a Line of Luxury Scarves," Handwoven September/October 2009, page 40, Barbara Elkins writes “Plaited twills can be woven
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi all! How can warping be done to prevent threads crossing at the back beam? And is it important to the overall quality of the finished piece to keep them perfectly straight
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn. I love the Twill Stripes scarves by Ruby Leslie in the Nov./Dec. 2009 issue of Handwoven . I would love to use some handpainted soy I have on hand as the warp
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn! Somewhere I read that it is important to have all the heddles on my loom well organized, so a while back I matched up all the zigs-zags and flat spaces at the
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn I'm sorry, but as a fairly unhip computer person, I don't understand the purpose of these e-magazines. Are they merely compilations of patterns from old
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, Is there any information available for alternative finishes to selvedges on handwoven textiles? I have seen handwoven scarves for sale locally that seem to have
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi, Madelyn. I’m a relatively new weaver. I’ve seen some illustrations showing lease sticks used on the cloth beam but don’t understand the importance of
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Hi! "Floating selvedge" means an extra thread on each side of the warp, in the reed but not through the heddles, right? Does it make a difference if I include these
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, When weaving with variegated yarn is it better to use it for the warp or the weft? Which is the best method to showcase the variegations in the yarn? Thanks,
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Earlier this week I finished a 45" x 62" chenille rug that I wove to use up my acrylic worsted weight stash. I really like how it turned out, but I'm finding
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, I can manage decent selvedges with most yarns except chenille. My chenille edges are downright sleazy! The outer thread invariably is too loose. I am careful
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Dear Madelyn, In the September/October issue of Handwoven , there is a set of waffle-weave towels (Lynn Tedder, "One Threading, Four Patterns, Four Towels"). I am
• Ask Madelyn HAVE A QUESTION? OUR EDITOR HAS THE ANSWER madelynv@interweave.com Syne Mitchell's article in the November/December Handwoven , "Stash-Busting Scarves," pages 24-26, includes a note saying you can do this kind of random-but-symmetrical