Handwoven January/February 2022

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.

United States
Long Thread Media LLC
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2 Min
from the editor

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that weavers love yarn. We covet art yarns with texture and interesting colorways and rely on workhorse yarns, such as 8/2 cottons, 2/8 wools, and 20/2 silks. A yarn store owner told me that she believes most people visiting her shop just want the visual and tactile sensations it provides. One shopper even told her, “I just came here to pet the yarn.” Put out a selection of pearl cotton cones at a study group, and within minutes, I guarantee one of the weavers in the group will start rearranging them by color type or into their own favorite color combinations. It’s in our nature. We planned this issue pre-COVID, not anticipating how that period of staying home would incentivize people to look at…

1 Min
future themes

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? Show us how national treasures, natural or man-made, have inspired you to weave a project and the path you took to design and weave it. MAY/JUNE 2022 Plain and Fancy Twills Some twills are so simple they can feel almost ordinary—until you realize that all those little floats add texture, drape, stretch, and lots of design opportunities. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the fancy twills that have all those same characteristics, while looking anything but simple. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 Cut and Sew We know it’s scary, but sometimes you need to bite the bullet, cut that handwoven fabric, and do some stitching.…

3 Min

FOR THE LOVE OF WEAVING Many years ago, I had an enlightening conversation with Rick Hart of Macomber Looms. Macomber was one of the first to make computer-assisted looms, and Rick told me that to their great surprise, their clients were not young techy types so much as older women who could no longer get down on the floor to change tie-ups. Having a computer-assisted tie-up system for their treadles, that they could use standing up, extended their weaving lives by 10 years. This morning, as I slowly climbed up from the floor after changing my tie-up, I thought of that conversation again, as I have many times over the years. Like many people, as I age, I get a little creakier and a little more limited in what I can do.…

6 Min
yan zhang, li textile warrior

Huang Daopo (1245–1330), known as the founder of China’s textile industry, ran away from an abusive marriage and ended up on Hainan Island. There, the Li people taught her the weaving and spinning skills they’d been practicing for centuries. Eventually, Huang moved back to the mainland, bringing her new cloth-making abilities with her. She, in turn, taught other women, and in time, the craft disseminated throughout China. What makes these factoids of interest to weavers are the exquisite textile techniques Li women perfected millennia ago on what are very simple tools. The Li people have no written language, so for the past 30 centuries, the craft passed by word of mouth and demonstration from mother to daughter. That the five Li enclaves on Hainan spoke mutually unintelligible dialects further complicated the situation. The…

3 Min
a handwoven sunny sensory blanket

Evangeline was born with a rare genetic condition that results in intractable seizures, up to one hundred per day. She has a heart condition associated with the same gene mutation and developmental delay caused by the seizure activity. Now four years old, Evangeline requires around-the-clock nursing care and special equipment. This little girl is adored by her family; her fingernails are continually adorned with a fresh coat of polish, she is dressed in carefully chosen outfits, and she sports adorably styled hair. She is frequently serenaded with songs from her siblings who play string instruments. Evangeline’s parents and four older siblings decided to create a special space in their home where she could enjoy sensory experiences. Working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, her family designed a “Sunny Sensory Room” where she can enjoy…

2 Min
the art is the cloth: how to look at and understand tapestries

This book isn’t what I expected; it’s better. I assumed it would be a coffee-table book of beautiful photos of tapestries, and to be sure, it could function as that. Within the pages are photos of more than three hundred tapestries of various types. However, it is also a thoughtful study of tapestries organized around a classification system of the author’s own design, which in itself is interesting. You can open any one of the nine chapters, read its introduction, and then lose yourself in the images and descriptions within the chapter and its subchapters. The Art Is the Cloth is built around Sidore’s viewpoint that some “tapestries reflect back on what they are: pieces of cloth.” The chapters run the gamut from the first chapter, “The Elements of Weaving” about…