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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Dear Madelyn, In a recent Ask Madelyn, you discussed the wet finishing of the Ozark Quilter Towels (Handwoven, March/April 2016, pp. 30-32). Can one substitute mercerized cotton for unmercerized cotton in weaving the Ozark Towels, with the intent of eliminating the ironing of towels when still damp? I know that the initial shrinkage will change […]

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Quigley and Half Satin

Hi Madelyn, I was wondering if you could please explain Quigley weaves and tell me where I can find more info about them? Thank you, Darla Hi Darla! Here’s a brief answer to your question (it really deserves a chapter rather than a quick answer, so I made Quigley the subject of “The Draft” in […]

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The Bumberet Family

More than two hundred years ago, John Hargrove published The Weavers Draft Book and Clothiers Assistant, a collection of fifty-two drafts for weaving. He points out in the introduction that the “weaving trade” has long been a mystery, since those in the business wanted their patterns kept secret. He remarks: “The secret has lately fallen […]

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