Rigid-Heddle Weaving Is Real Weaving

Little Looms 2016 and 2017 As a longtime multishaft loom weaver, I came to rigid-heddle weaving hesitantly. My misconception was that rigid-heddle weaving was not “real” weaving. However, a local yarn shop was looking for a rigid-heddle weaving teacher, and a guild member pressured me to give them a call. I had never woven on […]

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Lately I’ve been thinking about perspective and how it impacts my weaving and my life. My husband is 6’2″ and I’m 5’5″. Not a huge difference in height, but the disparity becomes clear when we’re hanging pictures. No less than 50% of the art in my house has one or more holes behind it. Left […]

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Counterbalance Loom

I began my weaving career weaving on jack looms with rising shafts, but when the opportunity came up to buy a counterbalance loom at a good price, I jumped at the chance. Every studio needs a selection of looms for different purposes, right? My new counterbalance loom was 60″ wide—wonderful for weaving rugs and blankets […]

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When I purchased my first loom, I was nervous that maybe I wouldn’t have enough ideas to keep it filled. I even spent a couple of sleepless nights worrying about it. But here I am, 20-plus years later, with a huge tub of handwoven samples, multiple notebooks with details from finished projects, and many notebooks […]

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Susan Du Bois, Anita Osterhaug, and Charlotte Updike worked together to create the Knotty Macramé scarf for the May/June 2017 edition of Handwoven. It’s a beautiful color-and-weave silk scarf designed by Susan, woven by Charlotte, and then finished by Anita with a fancy macramé fringe. We didn’t have space in the magazine to show all […]

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Weekend Weaving: Weaving for Weddings

Twenty-eight years ago today, I got married. Looking back, I realize how young and naive we were. We planned a backyard wedding celebration, on a deck we had built for the occasion. Connecticut on July 1st is at the height of mugginess and mosquito season. We woke to a steamy overcast day so uncomfortable that […]

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Weekend Weaving: Picnic Blankets

Summer has arrived and I’m still splitting my time between Southern California, home of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and Colorado, home of some of the world’s most beautiful mountains. With warm weather in both places, my weekends beg for a picnic. Since I love the idea of incorporating handwovens in all aspects […]

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Weaving Well With Madelyn van der Hoogt

“It’s going to be woven for a long time.” While weaving one of my first projects, I asked my teacher what to do about a mistake in my treadling. This error was far enough back that the thought of going back to fix it was disturbing for a new weaver. My teacher’s response: “It’s going […]

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