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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Hi Madelyn! In your opinion, can you get satisfactory results by mixing mercerized and unmercerized cotton in a warp? I had an unmercerized orange bleed all over my project when I washed it, so I’m wondering whether mercerized would work better. The orange cotton was from a yard sale – is there a way to […]

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Hi Madelyn! I want to design some towels in turned taqueté, which I have not woven before, but I love the possibilities with patterning. The only problem is I have no idea how to sett the warp using 8/2 cotton. I’ve looked at a few different projects online and in the magazine and each one […]

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Ask Madelyn: Selvedge Denting

Dear Madelyn, I am starting to weaving “Simple Towels” from A Handwoven Treasury (Jane Patrick, ed., Interweave, 1989), page 60. The sett is 20 epi (2/dent in a 10-dent reed). The instructions say: For the selvedges, thread 3 ends per dent in the last 2 dents on each side. I have done this, but how […]

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Edges for Baby Blankets

Hello Madelyn, I wove a soft washable-wool baby blanket (that came out beautifully) for my new granddaughter. The blanket has a 1½” fringe at both ends. When she was about a year old, she began pulling on the fringe, which distorted the warp and the fringed edges. I ended up having to cut off the […]

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Weaving on Opposites

Hi Madelyn, I have trouble understanding the concept of weaving on opposites. I am clear that on four shafts, 1 & 3 and 2 & 4 are opposites, as are 1 & 4 and 2 & 3. I think. In both cases, half the shafts are down, and half are up. What happens with eight […]

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