Ask Madelyn: What is Barleycorn?

Dear Madelyn, I like weaving tweed for clothing and have just bought some yarn from a mill on the Scottish island of Lewis: the local weavers (on foot-pedal Hattersley looms) weave a pattern they call Barleycorn, which I think is an 8-shaft twill variant of some sort. If you know of this pattern, could you […]

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How to Telescope Weaving Drafts

Hi Madelyn! I consider my weaving level somewhere around advanced-beginner to intermediate. I have weaving software and I am comfortable tweaking drafts to reduce floats, create new designs, and so on. Recently, I learned about a technique called “telescoping,” where you can take an 8-shaft draft and modify it into a 4-shaft one but I […]

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Ask Madelyn: More on “Smiles”

Hi Madelyn! The fell on the placemats I’m currently weaving is making a “smile.” Can you help? Betty Hi Betty! I am thinking this is the very project that the person was weaving who asked about “smiles” in a previous “Ask Madelyn” post. These placemats are the “Elegant Placemats,” by Suzie Liles from the November/December […]

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We absolutely love Madelyn van der Hoogt! Her depth of weaving knowledge, insight, and experience are hard to match. For quite a while now, you have asked Madelyn your weaving questions and she has answered. It’s no surprise that “Ask Madelyn” is one Handwoven’s hottest blogs! Madelyn has answered questions about yarn, warp, weft, washing, […]

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Weaving Smiles and Frowns

Hi Madelyn: I just finished a placemat project with 3/2 mercerized cotton and while I was weaving, my project was “smiling”, that is, the edges were higher than the middle. I was doing some huck and some huck lace. I beamed the warp using a filled milk bottle for weight, adjusting from time to time. […]

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Too Late to Use a Temple?

Hi Madelyn! I am weaving a twill scarf using JaggerSpun’s 24/2 Superlamb. I am experiencing a higher than usual degree of draw-in, and the floating selvedges are breaking. The piece is so narrow that I didn’t think I’d need to use a temple. If I get one that is the right size, won’t using it […]

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Remove or Not to Remove Heddles

Hi Madelyn! What technique do you use to bury unused heddles in the middle of a warp instead of pushing them to either side? The extra heddles can push on the selvedges and fray them, but I don’t want to remove them. Victoria Hi Victoria! I sympathize with your question, which brings up several issues. […]

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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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