Handwoven January - February 2019

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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5 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
from the editor

WHEN YOU LOVE WEAVING and your job is about weaving, it’s hard not to take it with you when you go on vacation—even when that vacation takes you to two of the most gorgeous and interesting places you have ever been: the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. I was prepared to enjoy myself with my sisters and our husbands, but was totally unprepared for the absolute splendor of the mountains, the ever-present yet somewhat elusive wildlife, and the otherworldliness of the geyser areas. As a weaver, I was intrigued by color combinations created by minerals and organisms in the hot pools, the patterning left by decades of calcification, the way the sunlight hit the river in the afternoon, and the scruffy pelts of bison. We stayed outside the park in…

1 min.

COVERLET DEAR FRIENDS AT HANDWOVEN, When I picked up my recent copy of Handwoven (September/October 2018), I was blown away when I turned to page 18 and there was a picture of my coverlet! I had donated it to the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, Pennsylvania, because I’m 89 years old and I wanted it to have a home. I was pleased and surprised to see the article was written by Tom Knisely. I have known him since he was a young man working at The Mannings, where I used to go for weaving lessons. It was at that time that I came to know Handwoven, which had since transformed from the earlier Interweave. There were some mistakes in the information about the coverlet that I would like to correct. It…

3 min.
what’s happening

FOR OVER 25 YEARS, WEAVE A REAL PEACE (WARP) has connected individuals in the United States to traditional textile artists and artisans around the world. As one might guess by the name, the group was founded by weavers, including Deborah Chandler, who wrote about the group and its founding in the May/June 1993 issue of Handwoven. Since those early days, WARP has grown, not just in membership but also in scope. For those who want to experience WARP firsthand, there is no better time than at the annual meeting. Unlike previous years, when conferences have been held in relatively small communities, the 2019 WARP Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., June 20–23, at the Georgetown Conference Center. Conference organizers are already planning on taking full advantage of all that…

5 min.

PORTUGAL IS A PEACEFUL COUNTRY. Some might say it’s the most peaceful in Europe. Its sons and daughters are peaceful folk, deeply respectful of their history and traditions. However, during my search for textile artists and craftspeople in Portugal, I met many anarchists on the path. A BIT OF BACKGROUND Portugal was once one of the richest nations in the world. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it established the first global empire, becoming one of the world’s major economic, political, and military powers. This was the age of discovery. Its heroes, supported by the monarchy, were seafarers and explorers who sailed beyond the known world. Portugal colonized areas in Brazil, Angola, and Mozambique, as well as Macau and other parts of Asia. Lisbon was a thriving port, its wharves filled with…

2 min.

Frame Your Weaving Weave anywhere with the new Frame/Loom tapestry loom sold exclusively by GIST Yarn & Fiber. Measuring just 10.5" x 12.5", this little loom slips neatly into a tote bag or large purse so you can weave wherever you find inspiration. The Frame/Loom lets you weave a tapestry up to 6.25" x 8.25"—the only other limitation is your imagination. Once you’re done weaving, the loom is designed to hang on the wall, making it the perfect frame for your special weaving. Handmade from solid hardwood ash in Providence, Rhode Island, each loom comes with a tapestry needle and two weaving needles—just add yarn. www.gistyarn.com 3-in-1 Weaving Tool Forget Swiss Army knives! The Everything Stick from Handywoman is the weaver’s version of a multi-tool. This versatile gadget is pick-up stick, shuttle, and warp…

3 min.
media picks

SIXTY SCARVES FOR 60 YEARS: REVISED EDITION WITH BONUS CONTENT Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore Almost a decade ago, the Weavers Guild of Baltimore celebrated its 60th anniversary with a book of 60 weaving patterns: one scarf for every year. The book was a resounding success, and the limited print run sold out quickly. Fortunately for those of us who missed the original printing of the book, the guild, with help from designer and weaver Sara Bixler, has reissued the book, and it is better than ever. Though the title remains the same, the revised book now contains more than 60 scarves—66 to be precise. In addition to the extra projects, errors in the previous printing have been fixed, and discontinued yarns have been updated. Although the projects are united in the common theme…