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Holiday Weaving 2019

Family dinner at our house during my son’s high school years became a point of contention. Apparently, according to my son, “Nobody else had to eat dinner with their family every night.” I started to feel like one of the last holdouts—what with making dinner, setting the table with placemats and napkins (some of them […]

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Inkle Bands Combine Math and Color

My love of weaving kitchen towels seems inexplicable. Why do I spend hours on my computer designing, hours at my warping board winding, and then hours on my loom threading, sleying, and weaving something that I can purchase for $7.95 at a big-box store? I’m sure that it seems, to an outside observer, like insanity, […]

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Backstrap Weaving on Display

Weavers around the world use backstrap weaving to create incredibly complex and beautiful cloth using fairly simple looms. You can find backstrap weavers throughout Asia as well as in Central and South America, including among the Maya of Guatemala. For centuries—possibly even millennia—Mayan weavers have used the backstrap loom to create beautiful cloth full of […]

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Ask Madelyn: Turned Drafts

Another terminology question. What is a turned draft? I think I have a handle on this one, but some illustrations would not go amiss. Thanks, Linda Hi Linda! In most weaving literature, “turning” a draft means rotating the draft ninety degrees so that the threading becomes the treadling and vice versa. One advantage to doing […]

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Chromaphobia for Weavers: Weaving and Color Theory

Many weavers feel color-challenged. Read how Sherrie Miller tackles her own insecurities when it comes to weaving and color theory. I have a question for the weavers reading this. Do you feel color-challenged? Raise your hand if you wish you felt more confident about choosing colors for your weaving projects. I’m guessing there are a […]

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The Moment You Realize You Should Have Sampled

Instead of spending the weekend happily weaving the M’s and O’s handwoven towels I want to give as wedding gifts this summer, I spent the bulk of Saturday and some of Sunday adding 96 warp ends, and re-sleying the original 600 warp ends before rolling the whole warp forward so that I could re-beam it. […]

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