Even Warp Tension: A Review

I am weaving towels (Kathleen Farling, “Towels in M’s and O’s,” January/February 2006). The warp is 8/2 cotton. As I wove the first towel, the warp became increasingly tight on the left side of the loom, and increasingly loose on the right side. I tried everything, including inserting wedges at various places on the right […]

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The Draft: Overshot Threading Then and Now

As weavers it’s not uncommon to come across weaving drafts that are decades or even centuries old. In her article for the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven, Madelyn van der Hoogt teaches you how to decipher old overshot drafts. Check out the issue to discover more vintage drafts and projects inspired by famous weavers. ~Christina […]

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In a recent Ask Madelyn, you explained the need for and ways to use floating selvedges when you are weaving overshot. I was wondering why you would need a floating selvedge when you are weaving a cloth that has tabby in it? Kim Hi Kim! If you are only weaving plain weave (i.e., if the […]

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Ask Madelyn: How to Rethread Mid-Warp

Here’s my challenge: I have warped my loom with a 7-shaft point-twill threading to weave towels. I don’t like the results, so I’ve decided to rethread my loom to weave a different pattern. So, my question is: How do you unthread and rethread a loom that is already dressed without totally tangling the warp threads? […]

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Weaving: It’s About the Friendships

This is not the answer to a typical Ask Madelyn question, but someone recently asked me why I became a weaver. There were all the usual reasons: The feel of yarns and the magic of turning them into cloth, the pleasure of sitting at the loom and throwing the shuttle, the joy of working with […]

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More on Handling Floating Selvedges

I’m trying to understand the rules regarding tabby and floating selvedges in Donna Lee Sullivan’s Weaving Overshot: Redesigning the Tradition (Loveland, Colorado: Interweave, 1996). On page 16 she writes, “The tabby weft should enter over the floating selvedge when the adjacent warp is up and under the floating selvedge when the adjacent warp is down […]

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Ask Madelyn: Warp Tension

Hi Madelyn, I’ve been struggling to keep warp tension even for the entire length of the warp. Even with relatively short warps, I start out with even tension and by the halfway point the tension is off. It’s usually looser on the edges. I’ve invested in a tensioning device, but I still have the same […]

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Metric Conversion for Setts

Hi Madelyn, Thank you for your videos which I have found so helpful and for the advice you are so generous about. I am wondering if it wouldn’t be possible to have the Master Yarn Chart (which already reports meters per kilogram) with the sett ranges given in metric numbers (ends per centimeter)? I know […]

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Ask Madelyn: Stitching Two Panels Together

Hi Madelyn! I wove two panels on my rigid-heddle loom and want to stitch them together. I did not hemstitch while they were on the loom because I wasn’t sure they would be exactly the same length. One panel is about one inch longer than the other. Should I unweave the longer one, then hemstitch […]

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