10 Best Breweries Near Interweave Yarn Fest

Peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Chips and salsa. Yarn and beer. Some things were just made to go together. If you’re in town for Interweave Yarn Fest, I know it’s tempting to stay at the hotel with your crafty friends and revel in all the fabulous yarn and fiber. But northern Colorado is […]

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In November 2017, weavers, spinners, and other fiber enthusiasts from around the world will make their way to Cusco, Peru, for Tinkuy 2017: Gathering of the Textile Arts. Held every few years, Tinkuy celebrates not only textiles but also those who create them. The four-day international conference is organized by the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales […]

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The Culture of Spindle and Distaff

In this excerpt from “How to Spin Balkan-Style with a Distaff,” by Bruce Engebretson with Norman Kennedy, which was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Spin Off, Bruce explains the cultural significance of a spindle and distaff. In many parts of the world today, spindle-and-distaff spinning is a regular and substantial part of fiber […]

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Handwoven Digital Collection: 15 Years

Last weekend, my husband and I finally got around to watching the recent Marvel comics movie Dr. Strange. (It stars Benedict Cumberbatch and a pretty amazing cast.) For those of you who, like me, never read the Dr. Strange comic books, the plot is about a brilliant neurosurgeon who goes to Tibet looking for a […]

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The Bumberet Family

More than two hundred years ago, John Hargrove published The Weavers Draft Book and Clothiers Assistant, a collection of fifty-two drafts for weaving. He points out in the introduction that the “weaving trade” has long been a mystery, since those in the business wanted their patterns kept secret. He remarks: “The secret has lately fallen […]

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Half Dukagång and a Correction

Hi Madelyn, I am confused by Figures 1 and 2 in your article in the March/April 2017 issue of Handwoven, “The Draft: Half Dukagång,” pages 14–15. In Figure 1, the drawdown for the right side of the fabric (woven underneath) shows three-thread floats for tabby picks two and four. And Figure 2 doesn’t really look […]

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Scandinavian Weaving Rocks!

When my son was about 5, I made him red Jello hearts for Valentine’s Day. His reaction: “You rock, Mom!” Twenty years later, I don’t get those sudden outbursts of affection from him (probably because I don’t make red Jello anything anymore), but I still love the expression. Handwoven March/April 2017 rocks Scandinavian weaving. Our […]

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The False Cross

Hi Madelyn! Do you have any pointers about using a warping mill with multiple threads? When I do this, I can’t seem to avoid a false cross. I warp back to front and the twist in the false cross causes me problems when placing the warp on the back beam. Phillenore Hi Phillenore! When I […]

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