Do I Need to Use a Temple?

Hi Madelyn! You often mention using a temple in your posts. I don’t have one and don’t have issues with my selvedges. I have a little draw-in at the heading of my weaving, but after that, the width is consistent. The difference in width between beginning, middle, and end of my yardage is maybe an […]

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Hi Madelyn! In your opinion, can you get satisfactory results by mixing mercerized and unmercerized cotton in a warp? I had an unmercerized orange bleed all over my project when I washed it, so I’m wondering whether mercerized would work better. The orange cotton was from a yard sale – is there a way to […]

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Hi Madelyn! I want to design some towels in turned taqueté, which I have not woven before, but I love the possibilities with patterning. The only problem is I have no idea how to sett the warp using 8/2 cotton. I’ve looked at a few different projects online and in the magazine and each one […]

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Ask Madelyn: Selvedge Denting

Dear Madelyn, I am starting to weaving “Simple Towels” from A Handwoven Treasury (Jane Patrick, ed., Interweave, 1989), page 60. The sett is 20 epi (2/dent in a 10-dent reed). The instructions say: For the selvedges, thread 3 ends per dent in the last 2 dents on each side. I have done this, but how […]

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Starry Sky Placemats Kit

We work hard to put projects in Handwoven that we love and that we think will coincide with the wide range of our readers’ interests, but we never really know ahead of time which projects will reach out and touch our readers. Well, based on a quite a few inquiries, it appears that the Starry […]

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Edges for Baby Blankets

Hello Madelyn, I wove a soft washable-wool baby blanket (that came out beautifully) for my new granddaughter. The blanket has a 1½” fringe at both ends. When she was about a year old, she began pulling on the fringe, which distorted the warp and the fringed edges. I ended up having to cut off the […]

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