I’ve taught a fair amount of beginning weaving on rigid-heddle and floor looms, and I’ve noticed that many beginners are self-critical about their selvedges and beat. As many times as I try to tell them that they are learning a new skill, and the reason my beat and selvedges are better than theirs is because […]

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Tranquil Waters Spa Mitts

Susan E. Horton supposes it’s because she is a weaver that she is interested in the different types and sizes of towels used in other countries, but who knows? Maybe its the other way around; maybe interesting towels made her become a weaver. In any case, Susan wove these linen spa mitts to mimic shower […]

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The Well-Dressed Pup Collar

When Elisabeth adopted her one-year-old puppy, Fiona, she was inspired to make inkle collars to frame her new pup’s lovely mug. Her foster parent warned her that Fiona was a little wild on the leash and recommended a martingale-style collar to ensure that she didn’t pull out of her collar on walks. A martingale slips […]

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For the past few years, the March/April issue of Handwoven has been about regional weaving, whether that meant regions within a continent or regions in the world, with themes like World Weaving, East Meets West, and Scandinavian-Inspired. This year we chose Americana as a theme with the hopes of inspiring projects that reflect regional weaving […]

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The Quirks of Handweaving

You can’t plan every aspect of weaving perfectly, and unless you weave the same projects day after day, there will be times when the unexpected happens. If you aren’t afraid of unexpected results, you might be more open to the path that opens up. It might just be a learning path, otherwise known as a […]

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Written on the white board in my studio are the words “kick that rock”. The reference is to the game I played with my sisters and our friends during our walk home from school. The rules were simple: 1) Find a small rock, 2) Kick the rock, 3) Follow the rock wherever it goes, and […]

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How to Correctly Cut Thread

I’ve been weaving for more than 20 years, and over that time period, I’ve seen many methods on how to cut thread and developed a best practices method I recommend. Cutting thread is part of every weaving project, and in some cases, it happens multiple times. Here are some of my thread-cutting tips and tricks […]

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Better Ways of Twisting Fringe

I’ve heard it said that the front door of a house can tell you a lot about the actual house. I believe the same can be said about fringe and the finishing of a weaving project. When I see a handwoven item that has unfinished fringe, messy fringe, or fringe that doesn’t suit the rest […]

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Try Experiments with Rigid-Heddle Weaving

One of the many fun things about working for Handwoven is the “free box.” The free box is a large bin where employees put their unwanted craft items. As this is Interweave, the bin always contains a lot of yarn and thread. For a weaver who likes to experiment on the rigid-heddle loom, it’s a […]

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