Arashi and Itajime Shibori Techniques

I am proud to say that my daughter is the tie-dye princess of the universe. We have attended a family camp every summer since our kids were small, and one of the favorite activities there is tie-dyeing. The process starts on Tuesday and by the end of the week, the orchard behind the art building […]

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Handwoven Digital Collection: 15 Years

Last weekend, my husband and I finally got around to watching the recent Marvel comics movie Dr. Strange. (It stars Benedict Cumberbatch and a pretty amazing cast.) For those of you who, like me, never read the Dr. Strange comic books, the plot is about a brilliant neurosurgeon who goes to Tibet looking for a […]

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We receive frequent questions about what structures can be woven on a rigid-heddle loom. Here’s Jane Patrick, former Handwoven editor and author of The Weaver’s Idea Book to tell you about a technique she’s been exploring to create mixed-density scarves using two rigid heddles. —Anita I’ve been weaving a lot lately with knitting yarns for […]

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Weaving New Lives and Bringing New Hope

Mayan women say that the goddess Ixchel taught their people to weave at the dawn of time. Through millennia of struggle between rival groups, through the founding of a dynasty that ruled in Quauhtemallan in the fifteenth century, through the coming of the Spanish, they wove to clothe themselves in the beautiful huipiles (blouses) and […]

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Weaving Summer and Winter: Love at First Pick

My introduction to floor loom weaving was a week with Madelyn van der Hoogt at The Weaver’s School. It was a bit like drinking from a fire hose, as I was probably the only person in the class who had never touched a floor loom before. We learned a lot of weaves that week, and […]

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The Legacy of Bertha Gray Hayes

Today’s weavers owe much to the early 20th-century giants who revived handweaving in the American craft scene: Mary Meigs Atwater and the Shuttle-Craft Guild, Harriet Tidball, and Osma Gallinger Tod. But if you’ve ever woven a miniature overshot or a name draft, you may have to thank a lesser-known but passionate weaver named Bertha Gray […]

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Passing the Baton

As the wise author of Ecclesiastes said, “To every thing there is a season.” In my life, the season has come to spend more time with my 80-something parents while I still can, with my grandson before he’s all grown up, and with my weaving while I can still crawl under a loom. It has […]

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When I visit with weavers from around the world, one thing that strikes me again and again is that the weaver is so much more than his or her loom. Handweavers in remote areas, working with the simplest of looms and tools, create stunning, intricate designs that would be a challenge to reproduce with sophisticated […]

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Season’s Weavings

There are so many things to be done this time of year, it can be overwhelming, but my holiday mantra is to embrace the gifts those seasonal tasks bring. For example, we always struggle to make my family’s holiday missive fresh and original. (One year we wrote the whole letter as a Gilbert and Sullivan […]

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