Types of Weaving Looms

So, you’ve decided you want to take up weaving. The first thing you’ll need is a loom. Looms hold lengthwise threads taut while other threads are woven through them crosswise. There are several different types of weaving looms with different features, but at their essence all of them perform this basic task. Once you understand […]

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We’re in the thick of the holiday season, which means if your family is anything like mine, you might be getting phone calls or texts where you are casually (or not so casually) interrogated as to what presents you would like for Christmas. Folks often want to get me something weaving-related for obvious reasons, but […]

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The Draft: What is a Gamp?

Want to learn more about a particular structure? Want to learn more about how different warp and weft colors interact on the loom? Then maybe you should try weaving a gamp! In The Draft from the January/February 2018 issue of Handwoven Madelyn van der Hoogt offers some insight into this useful weaving project. —Christina I […]

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Finishing Handwovens is Part of Weaving

If you have been weaving for a while, you know that finishing a handwoven project well is as important as the design and actual weaving. Applying the same standards to the finishing as you did to everything else about a project sometimes takes more time than the weaving. For a professional look on scarves and […]

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Stressing? Weave Your Stress Away!

Are the holidays stressing you out? Presents to buy, small talk to make, crowded stores, and well-meaning relatives demanding that you make some complicated recipe for the annual family get together because “it’s tradition”—it’s a lot to handle. And of course, the cat will not stay away from the tinsel. What is a person to […]

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Weaving Techniques: Pick Your Battles

When my son was in middle school, my neighbor asked if I knew he wore his pants so low you could see his underwear. Did I know? I lived with the kid. Did I do much more than tease him about it? No. I figured it was a style, he was a teenager, and I […]

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The Draft: Overshot Threading Then and Now

As weavers it’s not uncommon to come across weaving drafts that are decades or even centuries old. In her article for the November/December 2017 issue of Handwoven, Madelyn van der Hoogt teaches you how to decipher old overshot drafts. Check out the issue to discover more vintage drafts and projects inspired by famous weavers. ~Christina […]

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Adventures in Weaving: Warp Chicken

Knitters use the expression “yarn chicken” to describe knitting a sweater without really knowing if they have enough yarn to complete it. I decided to adapt the phrase “warp chicken” for weavers. You have probably been playing it yourself without realizing it. If you don’t like playing warp chicken there are plenty of resources that […]

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