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Handwoven May/June 2019

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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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United States
Long Thread Media LLC
5 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
from the editor

AS I WRITE THIS LETTER I’m currently being held captive by two long warps that I feel compelled to weave off in the most ordinary of ways. The irony doesn’t escape me that this is happening while editing an issue dedicated to using long warps in inventive ways. On one loom, I’m weaving eight yards of fabric for napkins using 16/2 cotton in a four-pick repeat. I’m tracking my progress to preserve my sanity, but it isn’t really necessary because the end of the warp determines when I finish. The shawl on another loom is based on one of Linda Ligon’s drafts from 1979. It is a two-shuttle weave with a tight sett that is slow to weave—a few inches are about all I can handle in a session without…

2 min.

THOUGHTS ON KNITTING YARNS I was very interested to read Anita Osterhaug’s article on using knitting yarns in weaving (“Rethinking ‘Weaving Yarns,’” March/April 2019). I guess I just never thought that you couldn’t use them that way because I’ve been weaving with knitting yarns for many years. No one told me that I shouldn’t do it. I’ve used Malabrigo Sock, Willow Yarns Verbena, WEBS’s own Valley Northampton, cashmere/silk yarns, Noro silk, and various alpaca knitting yarns, all with good results. In the process, Anita’s cautions were all things I have discovered, too—especially the note about the yarn unspinning itself on the floating selvedge! The most intriguing knitting yarn that I have used is Araucania Nuble in a variegated color for a scarf. It was just sitting on the shelf, and I thought I’d…

2 min.
what’s happening

MEMORIES OF ERICA At the age of 88, a wonderful weaver, teacher, explorer, developer, and colleague has passed away. Erica was a passionate woman—even on her deathbed, she continued to advise weavers around the world in the various Facebook groups she belonged to. Interested in everyone and eager to pass on the craft of weaving, she was a great teacher. I admired her ability to dive deeply into weave structures designed for four or more shafts and figure out how to weave them on three shafts—or even two! With endless patience, she corrected my books. She was a master in putting herself in the place of the reader: “The reader must understand it!” was one of her favorite sayings. I published her revised and updated Weaving on 3 Shafts, editing it along with…

2 min.
material matters

Anni Albers trained in and then taught weaving at the famed Bauhaus in Germany. Later, she escaped Nazi rule with her husband, Josef, when they moved to North Carolina. There, she and Josef joined the staff of Black Mountain College where she continued to teach, weave, write, and thrive as she trained a new generation of weavers. Today, the legacy of Albers goes beyond the weavings and writings she left behind; her aesthetics and unique approach to weaving can be seen and felt in the works of the weavers she inspired. It’s this legacy of creativity that is celebrated in the upcoming exhibit Material Meaning: A Living Legacy of Anni Albers. Material Meaning, opening July 13 at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles, California, is the brainchild of weaver…

3 min.
leclerc looms

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5 min.
handknotted carpet weaving of agra

THE CITY OF AGRA IN NORTHERN INDIA is perhaps best known as the home of the Taj Mahal and was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. It is also the birthplace of one of India’s most famous textiles, the Agra carpet. These carpets are more than a nice souvenir; the history and work that goes into each and every carpet is a story in and of itself. Emperor Akbar, who ruled from from 1556 to 1605, established carpet-weaving workshops in Agra, where they took hold quickly. He brought weavers from Persia to teach the art of making handknotted carpets and to introduce Persian designs to the Indian artisans so that they might create carpets worthy of a palace. Emperor Akbar also directed the Persian weavers to go to jails to…