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A Bit About Weaving KROKBRAGD

As a beginner weaver, my ears perk up when I hear new terms I’m not familiar with. I’m a sponge for information and I love learning new techniques. One new-to-me weaving word is Krokbragd. No, it’s not pronounced corkboard, but you’re close. Interested in finding out more about this Scandinavian weaving technique, I turned to […]

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Don’t Be Afraid to Sew Handwoven Fabric!

After retiring as a mechanic in the 1960s, my grandfather learned to weave. I don’t know what he wove to start with, but I know that he wove lengths of fabric at a senior center near his home in Hollywood (nature versus nurture, anyone?). I was young at the time, but I remember plain-weave cream-colored […]

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Fiber festivals are always wonderful fun—I’ve yet to visit a fiber festival and think to myself, “Well that was a waste of my time!” No matter what’s on the schedule—or in the vendor area—I always manage to have a delightful time (and leave with an armful of yarn and other goodies). There is one fiber […]

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Ask Madelyn: Mixing Cotton and Acrylic

I’m considering mixing cotton and acrylic in my weaving. Can I warp with cotton and use acrylics as the weft? Or, conversely, can I warp with acrylics and weave with cotton? Would one be better than the other? I have only one cotton yarn and many acrylic colors and would like to use them together. […]

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It’s Just Yarn—Jump into Weaving

As many times as you tell beginning weavers that it’s just yarn, most still worry about the whole warping the loom thing. Case in point: At Yarn Fest 2017, I demonstrated direct warping on a rigid-heddle loom 3 times. I demonstrated the process and then invited people to come up and try it themselves because […]

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As a daughter of the great state of New Jersey I have made it a sort of unofficial life’s mission to educate the folks on New Jersey and why it’s so great. One of my favorite topics to highlight is the state’s agriculture—it’s known as the Garden State for a reason, after all. All across […]

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Ask Madelyn: Twisting Linen

I just wound a linen warp of 35/2 linen and the threads were quite twisted as I sleyed, threaded, and beamed the warp. What was I doing wrong? —Joyce Hi Joyce! Most linen is packaged on spools that are 5–6″ long and relatively narrow (2″ or narrower in diameter when they are full). If you […]

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Use Your Weaving Tools with Purpose

I recently heard the phrase, “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” and it caught my attention. After looking it up, I learned that is known as the “law of the instrument,” a term coined by Abraham Maslow in 1966. The concept is based on people overusing the tools they […]

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3 Books to Help the Beginning Weaver

So you’re learning how to weave. Perhaps you have a friend or relative teaching you, or maybe you’re taking a class at your local yarn store. Whatever the case, congratulations to you, and welcome to the fold (pun intended). Weaving is a timeless craft that you’ll absolutely fall in love with. As you “pick up” […]

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