Backstrap Weaving on Display

Weavers around the world use backstrap weaving to create incredibly complex and beautiful cloth using fairly simple looms. You can find backstrap weavers throughout Asia as well as in Central and South America, including among the Maya of Guatemala. For centuries—possibly even millennia—Mayan weavers have used the backstrap loom to create beautiful cloth full of […]

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Nomad Art at the Textile Museum

Weavers of Central Asia and the Middle East have long been revered for their carpet-and rug-making prowess. These textiles were especially important to nomadic tribes who used them as an easily portable means to decorate their tents. Although the pile-woven Persian or Oriental carpets are perhaps the most famous of these textiles, the tapestry like, […]

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Jin Silk Scarf

There are certain weavers whose work never fails to impress me, weavers who come up with designs that leave me breathless more often than not. One of those weavers is Bonnie Inouye. Known for her complex cloth, Bonnie weaves designs that I want to look at for ages, and her Jin Silk Scarf from Loom […]

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Turnabout Scarf

I love chenille scarves and I love Tencel scarves, but I would never have thought to combine the two. Fortunately, just like the brilliant minds that combined peanut butter and chocolate, Sarah Jackson thought to combine chenille and Tencel, and the result is weaving heaven. You can find her Turnabout Scarf in the Loom Theory: […]

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Swedish Lace Scarf

There’s just something about handwoven lace scarves. They’re timelessly elegant and go with just about anything. Suzie Liles’s Swedish Lace Scarf from Loom Theory: Four-Shaft Scarf Collection would look equally good paired with an evening gown for a night at the theater, or a wool peacoat on the way to work on a cold winter’s […]

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Take it Easy Scarf

As much as I enjoy weaving snowflake twill, deflected doubleweave, and overshot scarves, there’s something pure and blissful about weaving a scarf in 4-shaft twill. The treadling is (usually) fairly simple, the sort of repeat you can memorize almost immediately. Pattie Graver’s Take It Easy scarf from Loom Theory: Four-Shaft Scarf Collection is the perfect […]

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