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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Weaving on Opposites

Hi Madelyn, I have trouble understanding the concept of weaving on opposites. I am clear that on four shafts, 1 & 3 and 2 & 4 are opposites, as are 1 & 4 and 2 & 3. I think. In both cases, half the shafts are down, and half are up. What happens with eight […]

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Dear Madelyn, In a recent Ask Madelyn, you discussed the wet finishing of the Ozark Quilter Towels (Handwoven, March/April 2016, pp. 30-32). Can one substitute mercerized cotton for unmercerized cotton in weaving the Ozark Towels, with the intent of eliminating the ironing of towels when still damp? I know that the initial shrinkage will change […]

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