I weave with a jack-type loom (rising shed).  I have never found a good description of the difference between counterbalance looms, countermarch looms and a sinking-shed lack loom (Louet’s David loom is described as a “sinking shed jack loom”). —Bill Hi Bill! These looms all differ only in the mechanisms that move the shafts to […]

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Ask Madelyn: Limits to Warp Length

I weave on a very ordinary 4-shaft floor loom. I sell some of the stuff I weave, and I often wonder what might be the next step toward growing scale and improving efficiency. This has led me to read a little about sectional beaming, tensioners, and spool racks, but I’m pretty certain I’m not ready […]

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I just finished your video on block weaves. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned so much about drafting, drawdowns, tie-ups, and treadling orders. Given that my 8-shaft loom is a table loom, however, I’m not sure how to translate the tie-ups in the block-weave patterns to use on my loom? Debbie Hi Debbie! When you […]

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Ladder Hemstitching Handwovens

I am working a ladder hemstitching between the hem and body of a towel. I am weaving with 8/2 cotton at 20 ppi. For the spacer in my ladder hemstitching, I used one ply of a 3-ply mop cotton. I want a small space between the two rows of hemstitching. My process is to weave […]

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Ask Madelyn: Why Use a Temple?

I have been weaving for many years and have noticed more and more photos of weavers using temples for all sorts of items. I thought that temples were often used for rugs and wall hangings, but wonder if they are practical for other projects, such as towels. My two questions are: Is weaving with them […]

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