Even Warp Tension: A Review

I am weaving towels (Kathleen Farling, “Towels in M’s and O’s,” January/February 2006). The warp is 8/2 cotton. As I wove the first towel, the warp became increasingly tight on the left side of the loom, and increasingly loose on the right side. I tried everything, including inserting wedges at various places on the right […]

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In a recent Ask Madelyn, you explained the need for and ways to use floating selvedges when you are weaving overshot. I was wondering why you would need a floating selvedge when you are weaving a cloth that has tabby in it? Kim Hi Kim! If you are only weaving plain weave (i.e., if the […]

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Ask Madelyn: How to Rethread Mid-Warp

Here’s my challenge: I have warped my loom with a 7-shaft point-twill threading to weave towels. I don’t like the results, so I’ve decided to rethread my loom to weave a different pattern. So, my question is: How do you unthread and rethread a loom that is already dressed without totally tangling the warp threads? […]

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Weaving: It’s About the Friendships

This is not the answer to a typical Ask Madelyn question, but someone recently asked me why I became a weaver. There were all the usual reasons: The feel of yarns and the magic of turning them into cloth, the pleasure of sitting at the loom and throwing the shuttle, the joy of working with […]

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More on Handling Floating Selvedges

I’m trying to understand the rules regarding tabby and floating selvedges in Donna Lee Sullivan’s Weaving Overshot: Redesigning the Tradition (Loveland, Colorado: Interweave, 1996). On page 16 she writes, “The tabby weft should enter over the floating selvedge when the adjacent warp is up and under the floating selvedge when the adjacent warp is down […]

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Ask Madelyn: Warp Tension

Hi Madelyn, I’ve been struggling to keep warp tension even for the entire length of the warp. Even with relatively short warps, I start out with even tension and by the halfway point the tension is off. It’s usually looser on the edges. I’ve invested in a tensioning device, but I still have the same […]

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Metric Conversion for Setts

Hi Madelyn, Thank you for your videos which I have found so helpful and for the advice you are so generous about. 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 […]

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Ask Madelyn: Stitching Two Panels Together

Hi Madelyn! I wove two panels on my rigid-heddle loom and want to stitch them together. I did not hemstitch while they were on the loom because I wasn’t sure they would be exactly the same length. One panel is about one inch longer than the other. Should I unweave the longer one, then hemstitch […]

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Ask Madelyn: What is Barleycorn?

Dear Madelyn, I like weaving tweed for clothing and have just bought some yarn from a mill on the Scottish island of Lewis: the local weavers (on foot-pedal Hattersley looms) weave a pattern they call Barleycorn, which I think is an 8-shaft twill variant of some sort. If you know of this pattern, could you […]

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