Backstrap weaving uses a simple loom but creates simply amazing designs. Though it takes a little patience, the result is worth the work. In her Traditions article for the September/October 2017 issue of Handwoven, Laverne Waddington writes about her experiences working with Bolivian backstrap weavers. —Christina High in the central Bolivian highlands, my weaving teacher, […]

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The Rainbow Connection Shawl Kit

The first time I saw a picture of the Rainbow Connection Shawl in Little Looms 2017, I was a goner. Sara Bixler combined a slow color-change yarn with a steely gray yarn in a consistent pick-up pattern, creating a gorgeous shawl with a checkerboard effect. And she did it on a rigid-heddle loom. Usually we […]

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Ask Madelyn: What is Barleycorn?

Dear Madelyn, I like weaving tweed for clothing and have just bought some yarn from a mill on the Scottish island of Lewis: the local weavers (on foot-pedal Hattersley looms) weave a pattern they call Barleycorn, which I think is an 8-shaft twill variant of some sort. If you know of this pattern, could you […]

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Hack Your Studio: Measuring Tools

To weave well, you need to keep track of many measurements. I have found that different measuring tools help in different ways to improve my weaving speed and process. Among other things, the correct tools will help you better plan your projects, center your warps, track your ppi, and track your weaving progress. My studio […]

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Choosing the Perfect Loom

Want to buy a loom but not sure how to pick what’s best for you? Deb Essen provides some tips for choosing looms in the September/October 2017 issue of Handwoven. A big consideration is budget, which Deb describes in this excerpt. —Christina I’m often asked, “What’s the best loom to buy?” My answer? “It depends.” […]

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27 Uses for Wool Wash (Besides Washing Wool)

Once you dive into the wonderful world of yarn and fiber—whether as a spinner, knitter, crocheter, needleworker, or weaver—you learn that many handcrafted projects can’t handle machine-washing or dry cleaning. Maybe the agitation of a home washing machine or dry cleaning machine would destroy the item’s delicate structure, shrink the item, or compress all the […]

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