Surround Yourself with History

Long before I studied history or worked in a museum, I loved not only history but also “old things.” My parents would take my brother and me to flea markets, yard sales, thrift shops and country auctions in search of treasures. Sometimes we’d keep these prizes, other times my dad—who auctioneered on the weekends—would sell […]

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The Draft: Overshot Threading Then and Now

As weavers it’s not uncommon to come across weaving drafts that are decades or even centuries old. In her article for the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven, Madelyn van der Hoogt teaches you how to decipher old overshot drafts. Check out the issue to discover more vintage drafts and projects inspired by famous weavers. ~Christina […]

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In a recent Ask Madelyn, you explained the need for and ways to use floating selvedges when you are weaving overshot. I was wondering why you would need a floating selvedge when you are weaving a cloth that has tabby in it? Kim Hi Kim! If you are only weaving plain weave (i.e., if the […]

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Adventures in Weaving: Warp Chicken

Knitters use the expression “yarn chicken” to describe knitting a sweater without really knowing if they have enough yarn to complete it. I decided to adapt the phrase “warp chicken” for weavers. You have probably been playing it yourself without realizing it. If you don’t like playing warp chicken there are plenty of resources that […]

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Yarn Lab: Milk Fiber

Milk fiber is a relatively new fiber with a lot of potential. In her Yarn Lab in the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven weaver Liz Moncrief wove up some samples using this lovely silk-like yarn. —Christina Milk or casein fiber shimmers like silk. Also like silk, it takes both acid and fiber-reactive dyes, but the […]

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This Holiday Season: Worry Less, Weave More

How is it that we’re already in November? I swear just a minute ago October was starting and we had months—months!—until The Holiday Season (TM). Take a guess at how many holiday weaving projects I’ve started—I’ll wait. If you guessed, “I bet you haven’t even finished that baby blanket yet, have you?” you would be […]

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