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Handwoven September/October 2020

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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.
leclerc looms

Visit a Dealer Near You Since 1876 Arizona FIBER CREEK Prescott AZ 86305 (928) 717-1774 fibercreek@hotmail.com THE FIBER FACTORY Mesa (480) 969-4346 California CUSTOM HANDWEAVERS Mountain View Tel: (650) 967-0831 Fax: (650) 967-1005 www.customhandweavers.com webemit@sbcglobal.net CUSTOM HANDWEAVING Redondo Beach Tel: (310) 316-0910 or: (866) 656-1060 www.nancyscustomhandweaving.com customhandweavin@aol.com JULIAN WEAVING WORKS Julian (760) 765-2432 info@weaverslink.com SAN FRANCISCO FIBERS CO. Oakland (510) 893-2015 www.sanfranciscofiber.com lou@sffiber.com Colorado BOUNTIFUL Livermore (877) 586-9332 info@bountifulspinweave.com www.bountifulspinweave.com Florida SERENDIPITY FARM & STUDIO Leesburg (757) 651-2632 serendipityfarmstudio@gmail.com Illinois FINE LINE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER St. Charles (630) 584-9443 www.fineline.org info@fineline.org Indiana THE WEAVERS LOFT Guilford (812) 576-3904 weaving@nalu.net www.weaversloft.com Kansas THE YARN BARN Lawrence (800) 468-0035 yarnbarn@sunflower.com Kentucky THE WOOLERY Frankfort tel: (502) 352-9800 fax (502) 352-9802 http://www.woolery.com info@woolery.com Louisiana WEAVIN' PLACE Folsom (985) 796-8048 www.weavinplace.com cheryl@weavinplace.com Maine HALCYON YARN Bath (207) 442-7909 (800) 341-0282 www.halcyonyarn.com PORTLAND FIBER GALLERY & WEAVING STUDIO Portland (207) 780-1345 www.portfiber.com portfiber@gmail.com Massachusetts A LOOM WITH A VIEW Newburyport (978) 463-9276 betsy@aloomwithaview.com FIBER LOFT / BARE HILL STUDIO Harvard (978) 456-8669 www.thefiberloft.com yarn@thefiberloft.com FIREWATCH WEAVERS Brimfield (413) 245-7495 firewatchweavers@charter.net T.R. BEAUDET & CO. Westfield (413) 564-0204 WEBS Northampton (413) 584-2225 Michigan ABILITY WEAVERS LLC Lowell 616-929-0211 www.abilityweavers.com email@abilityweavers.com BAKER ALLEGAN STUDIOS Allegan (269) 903-6883 sowspunsilk@yahoo.com DAVIDSON'S OLD MILL YARN Eaton Rapids (517) 663-2711 oldmillyarn@gmail.com FORMA Whitmore Lake (734) 761-1102 www.forma-fiberarts.com HERITAGE SPINNING & WEAVING Lake Orion (248) 693-3690 joan@heritagespinning.com Minnesota DEPTH OF FIELDS INC Minneapolis (612) 340-0529 depthoffieldyarn@gmail.com New Hampshire THE FIBER STUDIO Henniker (603) 428-7830 WOOLBEARERS Mt. Holly (609) 914-0003 woolbearers@verison.net New Mexico MIRIAM’S WELL Sante Fe (505) 982-6312 New York CRAZY AS A LOOM WEAVING STUDIO Hudson Falls (518) 747-4147 crazyasaloom@aol.com DAFT DAMES HANDCRAFTS Akron (716) 542-4235 North Carolina EARTH GUILD Asheville (800) 327-8448 Oregon EUGENE TEXTILE…

2 min.
from the editor

I’VE BEEN KNOWN TO SAY that I believe today is the best time to be a weaver. Whether you are a rigid-heddle weaver or a multishaft weaver, there are tools and equipment readily available today that weren’t even a few years ago—think variable-dent heddles and fan reeds. There are new fibers to experiment with and yarns that combine these modern fibers with familiar ones. Some of the new dyed yarns are inspirational, with long and interesting repeats. Although we mostly weave alone, there are online weaving communities and digital resources available to offer support and instruction. For multishaft weavers, there are computerized dobby looms and the weaving software that supports them while also offering all weavers greater design capabilities. In this issue, we have projects that run the gamut from a…

1 min.
future themes

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020 Dynamic Duos Remember the scarf you carefully wove, only to take it off the loom and find that the back was prettier than the front? Or the runner you didn’t want to hem so you could use both sides? This is your chance to celebrate two-sided weaving. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 Yarns with Impact Yarns can be more than just spun fiber; they can also be a means to making the world a better place. Some yarns help people by giving jobs to traditional spinners and dyers so they can use their skills to do meaningful work. Other yarns help the environment by using up waste that might be thrown away or by requiring less water or pesticide to grow the fibers. This issue will focus on those special yarns that do good while looking…

2 min.

First of all, a big thanks to you and your publishing efforts. As a mostly self-taught weaver who only occasionally has the opportunity to interact with fellow weavers, I look forward to receiving each issue of Handwoven. I am writing to offer a content suggestion, which is a Cook’s Illustrated takeoff. In each issue, they publish eight or so quick cooking tips with illustrations submitted by their readership—suggestions such as “You can use kitchen gadget X for another task, use aluminum foil in place of X, etc.” Some of the smallest ideas have a great impact. I know that weavers are as creative as cooks and suspect there are a zillion tips out there for ways to count warp threads, keep track of where you are in a weaving sequence, wind bobbins,…

2 min.
digital exhibits fit right

WITH MANY MUSEUMS CLOSED or open only at limited capacity, and special exhibitions kept to a minimum, it can be difficult if not impossible to travel to see world-class exhibitions much less see one locally. Fortunately for all of us who are missing the chance to see beautiful textiles on display, the Museum at FIT, part of the Fashion Institute of Technology, has years and years of digital exhibits, all of which are available for free from the safety of a computer screen. A world-renowned fashion museum, the Museum at FIT has won awards for its inventive exhibits focused on different aspects of fashion—and by extension cloth—throughout the world and history. One of the most recent digital exhibits “on display” on the museum’s website is Ballerina: Fashion’s Modern Muse. Ballerina looks…

1 min.
here’s how with ashford loop rug

You will need: Loom: Rigid Heddle Loom 32ins (80cm) Reed: 7.5dpi (30/10cm) Warp Yarn: Ashford Tapestry Warp Thread 7ozs (200gm) Weft Yarn: Ashford Tekapo 12ply/Triple Knit (100% wool; 134m/146yds; 100gm net) 9 balls White #706, Ashford Merino sliver 2.2lb (1kg) white, 1lb (500gm) black and 1lb (500gm) grey spun and felted into a soft chunky single 2wpi Other: Freedom Roller, Tapestry Beater, pick up stick, darning needle Here’s how: Spin soft chunky singles Unwind bumps of sliver, split in thirds length-ways. Spin low twist on the Country Spinner 2. Skein and secure. Wash in top loader washing machine on warm wool wash to gently felt. Total warp ends: 240 Total warp length: 6½ft (2m) Finished length: 60ins (150cm) Warping Warp the complete width of reed with the Tapestry Warp Thread. Weaving 1. Weave a 1in (2.5cm) heading in the Tekapo yarn. Weave three rows then…