The Knitting War Spies of History

In the United States and abroad, wartime has long involved knitters. Especially before women were involved in combat, they were encouraged to support troops from home by knitting necessary items for soldiers such as socks and hats. Since knitting was a very common sight, nobody would think of knitting as a suspicious activity. But knitting […]

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The Very Best Afghans in the World

Using little looms are all the rage these days. Yet, these portable and versatile tools have been around for quite some time. In the March/April 2010 issue of PieceWork, Robin Hansen recounts the story of her great-grandmother and the woven afghans she created on the handheld Weave-It loom. Here’s an excerpt from Robin’s article. The […]

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Rigid-Heddle Weaving Is Real Weaving

Little Looms 2016 and 2017 As a longtime multishaft loom weaver, I came to rigid-heddle weaving hesitantly. My misconception was that rigid-heddle weaving was not “real” weaving. However, a local yarn shop was looking for a rigid-heddle weaving teacher, and a guild member pressured me to give them a call. I had never woven on […]

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Do I Need to Use a Temple?

Hi Madelyn! You often mention using a temple in your posts. I don’t have one and don’t have issues with my selvedges. I have a little draw-in at the heading of my weaving, but after that, the width is consistent. The difference in width between beginning, middle, and end of my yardage is maybe an […]

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Lately I’ve been thinking about perspective and how it impacts my weaving and my life. My husband is 6’2″ and I’m 5’5″. Not a huge difference in height, but the disparity becomes clear when we’re hanging pictures. No less than 50% of the art in my house has one or more holes behind it. Left […]

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Les Tricoteuses: A Bastille Day Yarn

On July 14, France celebrates Bastille Day (or as they call it “Quatorze Juillet”), the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 that marked a turning point in the French Revolution—well, the first of their revolutions, anyway. Joseph Marie Jacquard was still a decade away from developing his famous punchcard-driven loom, though […]

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Nordic Threads

Gina Hedegaard Nielson knows a thing or two about Nordic weaving. Not only is she professional weaver in her native Denmark, she’s also the editor of a Danish textile magazine. In her article from the March/April 2017 issue of Handwoven, Gina gives her perspective on Scandinavian weaving. ~Christina NORDIC WEAVING IN THE 20TH CENTURY In […]

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Counterbalance Loom

I began my weaving career weaving on jack looms with rising shafts, but when the opportunity came up to buy a counterbalance loom at a good price, I jumped at the chance. Every studio needs a selection of looms for different purposes, right? My new counterbalance loom was 60″ wide—wonderful for weaving rugs and blankets […]

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