Handwoven November/December 2021

Each issue offers a stunning collection of enticing weaving projects. But the magazine is more than that: it's a pattern book, and weave structure textbook, it's a place to discover original designs, and find solutions to weaving challenges. For over 20 years Handwoven has been an indispensable resource for weavers.

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Long Thread Media LLC
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from the editor

“If this whole weaving thing doesn’t work out, we could always try that,” said my husband, pointing to the wall behind me. Large harnesses with flat steel heddles lined the walls of the restaurant where we were eating in Providence, Rhode Island. Quickly, I noted the width and counted harnesses (eight) before speculating about how many other diners would know what they were looking at. Not many, I guessed, unless they were weavers or friends or family of a weaver. As Virginia Postrel points out in her book The Fabric of Civilization (reviewed on page 12), fabric-related terms imbue (a dyeing-related word) our language yet are often disconnected from their source, just as the harnesses were disconnected from the loom. We throw around terms like “dyed in the wool,” “weaving through…

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future themes

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 Deep Stash We all have yarn stashes, but have we ever looked at them critically? What yarns should be in a stash? How should you care for a stash? Is there really such a thing as a stash-busting project? This issue will feature projects and articles that are all about using, expanding, or improving your stash, whether that means adding specialty art yarns or workhorse staples. MARCH/APRIL 2022 National Parks and Museums Being stuck at home for much of 2020 and some of 2021 made many of us long for travel. What park or museum did you miss the most? This issue will include projects that pay homage to national treasures both natural and man-made. MAY/JUNE 2022 Plain and Fancy Twills Some twills are so simple they can feel almost ordinary—until you realize that all those…

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I love Cheryl M. Maid’s suggestion in the September/October 2021 issue (Letters) about including readers’ weaving tips. Here are two of mine: First, use color-coded quilting clips (also known as sewing clips or wonder clips) to hold the heddles at the sides of the shafts. Second, use coded stick-on numbers on the shafts to match the quilting clips so you can see at a glance which shafts you have lifted. Thank you for a great magazine every time. —Karen Tayler, via email The May/June 2021 issue covering plaids and checks was very informative and on point for me. Because we live in Hawaii, it was especially nice to see palaka revisited. I made a blanket inspired by palaka fabric for my first grandchild. I enlarged the pattern and added a third color. For…

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nevan carling

A Passionate Champion for Loom-Building Traditions Carling calls Hartford, Connecticut, home and is also a student of archaeology and heritage management at the University of York in England. When Kate Smith, director and head teacher at Marshfield School of Weaving, asked whether he would like to help with a research project called the Great American Loom Survey, he didn’t hesitate. As Carling likes to say, the project was perfect for somebody “young and spry.” Carling happily drove around New England and searched for old looms to record in exchange for weaving lessons when he delivered recovered looms to Marshfield. According to Carling, the early looms still found throughout New England embody rather idiosyncratic timber-framing traditions. For example, in western Connecticut along the border with New York, you can find an amazing combination…

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3-d hand loom weaving: sculptural tools and techniques

The loom, as it comes to us, is just a starting point. Any modifications made to the loom, other weaving tools, and the weaving process are reflections of the creative problem-solving skills and interest of the weaver. In 3-D Hand Loom Weaving, Sally Eyring offers a glimpse into her fascination with shaped weaving, her depth of knowledge of complex weave structures, and her propensity for pushing beyond the fundamental rules of weaving. This book begins by introducing new terminology and tools and challenges the notion that all weaving output should be rectangular. The author is clear that an understanding of the fundamental rules of weaving is essential, but innovation occurs when rules are broken. Two such rules center around tension and take-up. Eyring demonstrates that you can be in full control…

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the fabric of civilization: how textiles made the world

Many weavers (and even some nonweavers) can name at least a few textile-related historical events: the invention of Eli Whitney’s cotton gin or Jacquard’s mechanized loom, the progenitor of today’s computers. But how many know that textiles spurred the Neolithic Revolution in agriculture, that weaving developed in tandem with mathematics, that a silkworm disease set Louis Pasteur on the path to his great medical discoveries, and that a sixteenth-century English curate’s sock-knitting machine is inspiring the cutting-edge 3D printers of today? These stories, and many more, are spun with humor and wonder by award-winning journalist and scholar Virginia Postrel in The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World. For any lover of history or textiles, for anyone blessed with a curious mind, this book is a romp through space and…