Handwoven January - February 2018

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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5 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
from the editor

In 2016, the California legislature passed a law banning singleuse plastic bags from grocery stores. There was a problem with these bags clogging the shorelines, littering the highways, and ending up in landfills. It took only a small amount of effort to remember to take bags when I went grocery shopping, and now I take them to other stores as well. In Colorado, individual towns determine whether or not to ban single-use bags. After moving to Colorado, I immediately noticed that salespeople almost always asked me if I needed a bag, even where there wasn’t a ban. It just makes sense, and it turns out that often I don’t need one. I have learned to turn bags down, and as in California, I bring my own bags when I think…

1 min.

REVERSE DAVID’S TOWELS FOR EASIER WEAVING I have been weaving the lovely pattern submitted by Tracy Kaestner for “David’s Towels” (September/October 2017). When I began weaving this pattern, I did so exactly as it was shown in the magazine. I weave on an eight-shaft Schacht Baby Wolf and quickly experienced weaver’s fatigue lifting six shafts repeatedly in this draft. I am submitting a picture that reverses this lift plan. In doing so, I am observing the reverse side of this lovely draft without stress or fatigue! I plan to make this draft a traditional gift as Tracy did! Thank you! Sue Brown, Queensbury, New York UPDATE FROM THE FELL As a follow-up to the last issue’s “Notes from the Fell,” I am happy to report that a rigid-heddle loom fits comfortably in a Porsche Boxster. Tom…

3 min.
what´s happening

Nomads at the Met When you have to carry your whole world with you from place to place, the bags you use to transport your life take on a special meaning. The bags of the nomadic peoples of Iran, Turkey, and the Caucasus region are prime examples of this: carefully woven, highly decorated, and sturdy enough to last through the years. A selection of these traveling textiles are currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The exhibit, Portable Storage: Tribal Weavings from the Collection of William and Inger Ginsberg, features nineteen patterned bags and one pile-woven saddle cover. Woven from wool, the bags showcase the weaving and dyeing skills of these tribes. The yarns were carefully spun and colored using natural dyes before being woven in…

1 min.
roving reporters

Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden If you are in the Denver, Colorado, area during growing season, it’s worth the effort to visit Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms to see the Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden. This garden is a joint project envisioned by professional dyer and teacher Donna Brown, and begun in 2013 by the family of Janice Ford, the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild (RMWG), and the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG). Now finishing its fourth season, the dye garden includes a variety of perennial and annual plants that yield wonderful natural dyes. Among the plants in the 2017 garden were black hollyhocks; yellow, orange, and red cosmos; dyer’s chamomile; weld; cota; Hopi sunflowers; madder; black-eyed Susans; dyer’s and mahogany coreopsis; African and French marigolds; dyer’s broom; and two varieties of indigo. In…

6 min.
marian quanbeck dahlberg: väva! veve!

Väva! Veve! has a whimsical ring to it. Both words väva and veve mean “weave” in Swedish and Norwegian. The memorable brand name conveys the sense of humor of a Minnesota artist who doesn’t take herself too seriously, but who is a dynamic designer-entrepreneur. Marian Quanbeck Dahlberg’s small company supports core values such as durability and environmental sustainability, while her handwoven textiles are infused with timeless beauty. The designs and stunning color palette of her Cabin Series reflect a philosophy of life deeply rooted in the great American wilderness and the rustic simplicity of a Scandinavian log cabin. Her elegant designs conjure up Nordic aesthetics and feature complex weave structures reminiscent of Early American woven textiles. Väva! Veve! was officially established in 2009, and the stylish linens were juried less than…

2 min.

Small Loom, Big Possibilities Weave anywhere—on up to eight shafts—with Ashford’s ultracompact Katie table loom. This sweet little loom weighs just under 15 pounds and folds up easily even when warped, making it a great choice for workshops, weaving conferences, RVs, and weavers with limited storage space. The 12-inch weaving width is perfect for weaving bags, scarves, napkins, and so much more. The loom comes with a stainless steel reed (10 dents per inch), 320 Texsolv heddles, threading hooks, and a sturdy bag perfect for toting the loom on weaving adventures. www.foxglovefiber.com Track Your Treadling Absentminded weavers rejoice! The TempoTreadle alerts weavers to treadling errors so they can avoid mistakes (and unweaving) before they happen. Sensors placed near the treadles keep track of progress during weaving, letting weavers know if they’ve pressed the wrong…