Selvedges

Selvedges are always a concern to weavers, even though most non-weavers would never notice what we consider to be terrible flaws. You could, of course, hem the edge or cut the selvedges off or do any of a number of treatments as a cover-up, but that shouldn’t be necessary.

Madelyn van der Hoogt, former editor of Handwoven has a fantastic series called “Ask Madelyn” in which she answers weaving questions and pleas for help. She has a deep wealth of knowledge and experience that she shares regularly with all of us who long to weave our very best.

We have many of Madelyn’s answers gathered here, along with other fabulous posts, tips, tricks, and hacks for all of your weaving needs! Be sure to check out the many other techniques and tutorials on our site, and then stop by the Interweave shop to purchase a book, PDF download, video, and much much more!

Ask Madelyn: Why Use a Temple?

I have been weaving for many years and have noticed more and more photos of weavers using temples for all sorts of items. I thought that temples were often used for rugs and wall hangings, but wonder if they are practical for other projects, such as towels. My two questions are: Is weaving with them […]

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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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More on Handling Floating Selvedges

I’m trying to understand the rules regarding tabby and floating selvedges in Donna Lee Sullivan’s Weaving Overshot: Redesigning the Tradition (Loveland, Colorado: Interweave, 1996). On page 16 she writes, “The tabby weft should enter over the floating selvedge when the adjacent warp is up and under the floating selvedge when the adjacent warp is down […]

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Hello Madelyn, I have been intimidated by projects that require weaving weft stripes in different colors that repeat themselves regularly. Can I carry the yarns along the selvedge in some way or do I have to cut each weft after I’ve used it, start the new color leaving a tail on the edge, and then […]

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Two Ways to Wind Floating Selvedges

Hi Madelyn! A group I belong to has been having a discussion about floating selvedges. For one weaver, the right floating selvedge was continually breaking. That caused much advice from others, and it seemed as though there were lots of different ways to treat floating selvedges. Many project instructions don’t really tell you specifically how […]

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Too-Tight Floating Selvedge Threads

Hi Madelyn, I’m weaving two 78″ (on the loom) scarves with Cascade 220 fingering-weight wool in a 2/2 twill weave, one scarf right after the other. I’m noticing the floating selvedge threads, one on each side, are getting progressively tighter. I’m almost finished and think I’ll make it but would like to avoid this in […]

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