Ask Madelyn: Turned Drafts

Another terminology question. What is a turned draft? I think I have a handle on this one, but some illustrations would not go amiss. Thanks, Linda Hi Linda! In most weaving literature, “turning” a draft means rotating the draft ninety degrees so that the threading becomes the treadling and vice versa. One advantage to doing […]

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Ask Madelyn: Huck Lace and Frustration

I have some questions about weaving huck lace. I have woven several projects and none of them have turned out the way I hoped they would. For one, I used 20/2 cotton for a scarf. The draft was on eight shafts with the blocks threaded in a point. I sett the warp very loosely because […]

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Ask Madelyn: Good Fibers for Dishtowels

I want to use some old project instructions that call for 10/2 unmercerized cotton for dishtowels. I can’t seem to find any of that yarn in colors (Fox Fibre cottons do come in unmercerized cotton in that size, but only in the colors of natural cotton). I have heard that mercerized—or pearl—cottons are not as […]

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Ask Madelyn: Mixing Cotton and Acrylic

I’m considering mixing cotton and acrylic in my weaving. Can I warp with cotton and use acrylics as the weft? Or, conversely, can I warp with acrylics and weave with cotton? Would one be better than the other? I have only one cotton yarn and many acrylic colors and would like to use them together. […]

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Ask Madelyn: Twisting Linen

I just wound a linen warp of 35/2 linen and the threads were quite twisted as I sleyed, threaded, and beamed the warp. What was I doing wrong? —Joyce Hi Joyce! Most linen is packaged on spools that are 5–6″ long and relatively narrow (2″ or narrower in diameter when they are full). If you […]

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Determining Metric Setts

Thank you for your videos which I have found so helpful and for the advice you are so generous with. 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 it’s a lot of work, but […]

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Ask Madelyn: Weaving Terminology

Weaving has its own language, and there are a couple of terms that I still don’t quite understand. Would you please define the following: “pick-and-pick” and “on opposites.” I have run across these casually used in instructions as if they are something every weaver is born understanding! Thank you, Linda Hi Linda! Ah, weaving terminology! […]

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