Weaving Finishing Techniques

You can debate whether the often large amount of time spent weaving a project develops a weaver’s patience or whether weavers are patient by nature. I’m sure I don’t know, but I do know there is a certain peace found in time at the loom, whether warping or weaving. The projects found in the May/June […]

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The Quest for a Handwoven Home

As a weaver, I believe it is only proper that I have at least one handwoven item in every room of my house. How else to convince the non-weaving world of the wonders of weaving, and how else to satisfy my weaving soul? My friends have come to expect me to have handwoven blankets, pillows, […]

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Friendship Towels: Tintes Naturales

Many weavers dabble in dyeing even if they don’t put it on their list of skills. Indigo-dyeing days are always fun and a big hit with guilds. Last year, I heard a lot about dyeing with food coloring for baking. Rust dyeing seems to be here to stay, and some of us have even dyed […]

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Some of you know that I’m living a double life right now. During the week, I edit Handwoven and live in Fort Collins, Colorado. Many weekends, I go back to California, enjoying the sun and Southern California lifestyle, hanging out with friends and family, and visiting my “main” loom. My small apartment in Colorado contains […]

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What’s Your Superpower?

My superpower is changing lengths of yarn into lengths of fabric. Presto! Here are some of the other superpowers I wish I had while I do that: The power to drop my threading hook in such a way that I can find it among the treadles of my loom without having to ask someone to […]

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Are you a weaver who gets no respect? Are you tired of people misunderstanding your weaving? You aren’t alone. Here are my top 10 reasons for believing the non-weaving world doesn’t get it. I bet there are many more. Send some to me! While I was demonstrating weaving at a county fair, a mother came […]

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What’s on Your Loom? Glacial Weaving

Deborah Heyman is a talented artist and designer who doesn’t mind taking the time to weave exactly what is in her mind and heart. I’ve seen her redo entire huge pick-up projects just to see which one she liked best. In other words, her “samples” can take months to finish. When Handwoven November/December 2010, dedicated […]

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When Two Weavers Meet

One summer during high school, I worked at a fishing resort in the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. In the camp store, a Jim Beam whiskey ad titled “When Two Fishermen Meet” hung on the wall. Between selling fishing lures and cans of chili, we kids memorized the dialogue and competed with each other at reciting […]

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Ingenious Pin Looms

You know those conversations you have with your friends sometimes about why and how some things came to be? I.e., “Who decided it was a good idea to eat an artichoke, and did they have mayonnaise?” or “I understand knitting but who figured out purling?” or “Why would someone think you could fold squares of […]

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