Spending Our Weaving Time

Ethic-inspired scarves by Suzanne Halvorson    

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 and friends. Over the years, I’ve learned that there isn’t really “more time,” there are just choices about priorities, about how we spend the hours that we have.

I have a lifetime’s worth of weaving projects in my head but right now I’m a full-time editor and a part-time weaver, so I have to consider what captures my imagination and makes a project worthy of my precious time. It needs to be beautiful, of course, with pleasing colors and yarns I will love to look at and touch during the weaving. I want to learn from each project, always finishing as a better weaver than when I started. I want to design and weave with new structures, new weaving techniques, or new fibers. I want to improve my selvedges, achieve a more consistent beat, and learn something new about finishing. I want to experiment with the “what ifs.” What if I try these colors? How many ways can I treadle the pattern? What if I contrast a lustrous yarn with another that has a matte finish?

  Dolls in Sami folk costume
    Handwoven Sami bands by Susan Foulkes

In upcoming issues, we'll explore

folkweaving techniques and patterns such

as Susan Foulkes' bands used in Sami

folk costumes.

Handwoven has been my inspiration ever since I first learned to weave, and my goal as editor is to fill each issue with articles and projects worthy of every weaver’s time, that teach and inspire us. This year’s March/April issue will feature fabrics inspired by family heirlooms and by weaving traditions around the world. Suzanne Halvorson shows how we can take inspiration from ethnic textiles, and Lynn Tedder teaches how to analyze and reproduce fabric. Jennifer Moore offers an amazing runner inspired by Andean scaffold weaving. Laura Demuth introduces us to an unusual Norwegian overshot weave, Telemarksteppe, Suzanne Foulkes teaches Sami bandweaving, and Robyn Spady carries on a family weaving tradition, designing handsome towels from a sport coat woven by her grandmother.

In upcoming issues we’ll explore the interaction of color and weave structure, the many faces of twill, the beauty of silk, and the fun of designing at the loom. And to help us all gain more satisfaction from our weaving time, each upcoming issue will have at least one project that explores a world weaving tradition plus more in-depth articles about different aspects of weaving, from planning to finishing.

I invite you to join us for a new year of weaving fun and exploration, and if you have expertise, stories, or questions to share, take a look at the 2013/2014 editorial calendar, then drop us a line and let us know what captures your imagination.


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