Handwoven March/April 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.

United States
Long Thread Media LLC
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5 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
from the editor

I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER listening to a new guild member explaining how she needed to buy an eight-shaft loom so she could weave overshot. To a nonweaver or, in that case, a new weaver, overshot seems complex and mysterious—hence her mistake. At its core, overshot is a four-shaft structure, and for that reason it has been loved by weavers on the North American continent for centuries. Many of the projects in this issue are based on overshot designs, although each designer added a special twist to the structure. Christina Garton’s overshot Ancient Rose Scarf uses a traditional pattern with modern lyocell yarn. Nancy Dunlap adapted a four-shaft overshot pattern to weave a runner similar to those used by the pioneers to protect the dining table rather than decorate it. Carol Pate designed…

2 min.

I LOVED JUDIT OZORAY’S DESIGN for the Starry Sky Placemats (September/October 2016) and the sentiment behind it. The designer wrote that her daughter lived overseas, but because we all see the same stars at night, they could still share meals when using the placemats. Last year, my daughter and her wonderful Catalan boyfriend decided to marry and live in Barcelona. I thought of that beautiful design, and to celebrate, I wanted to weave it in tablecloths and napkins for my daughter and new son-in-law, his parents, and for us. I modified the design by expanding it into a tablecloth, but I wasn’t sure what yarns to substitute or the sett to use. With some suggestions from the incomparable Elisabeth Hill, I experimented by weaving a baby coverlet using the design. I…

1 min.
what’s happening

IT IS DIFFICULT TO ARTICULATE THE SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT of Ingrid Boesel’s contributions to weaving. Ingrid was born in Vienna, coming to Canada at age eight, and eventually moving to Toronto where she first found her passion for handweaving at the Village Weaver on Church Street. After obtaining a BS in biological science, Ingrid worked as a lab assistant with McMaster University plant physiologist Ann Oaks. She eventually met Bob Keates, a postdoctoral researcher in biochemistry. They married in 1978 and remained together until her death. While pursuing the Guild of Canadian Weavers certificate program in 1985, she found the requirement to hand-draw large overshot drafts too traditional. Bob was inspired to create a simple drafting program that became PCW, the foundation for later versions of Fiberworks PCW. Ingrid was always…

1 min.
interweave weaves along

WHO KNOWS HOW MUCH the Venn diagram circles of weavers and sports fans overlap? Beginning in November of 2018, Interweave tried to find out by hosting the Team Colors Rigid-Heddle Weave-Along. We asked Elisabeth Hill to weave two plaid scarves in sports teams’ colors using yarns from Weave-Along sponsors Halcyon Yarn and Jagger Spun. Enthusiastic as ever, Elisabeth decided to weave four scarves, two each for home and away games, each in a unique plaid. All four scarves could be woven in any team’s colors with mix-and-match finishes to suit the weaver’s taste. We kicked off the weave-along by awarding two prizes: enough yarn to weave one scarf in Jagger Spun Mousam Falls or Halcyon Yarn’s Victorian 2-Ply Wool. In a series of six weekly blog posts, Elisabeth and I coached…

4 min.
media picks

WEAVING WESTERN SAKIORI: A MODERN GUIDE FOR RAG WEAVING by Amanda Robinette IN TODAY’S CRAFT SCENE, upcycling is a hot trend. But as Amanda Robinette points out in her new book, Weaving Western Sakiori, upcycling cloth into sakiori (traditional Japanese rag weaving) could have been a matter of survival in medieval Japan. For today’s luckier weavers, Robinette’s well-thought-out book is a practical and inspiring introduction to this ancient Japanese art. Not all technical weaving books make for a good read, but Robinette inspires with her own thoughts on the artistic and environmental benefits of rag weaving, followed by a history of sakiori in Japan. I was interested to learn that the art flowered during the Edo period (1600–1868 CE) when a government-sponsored shipping fleet began to bring bales of cotton rags to northern…

6 min.
keep me warm one night

KEEP ME WARM ONE NIGHT. It was my first weaving book. Ambitious, certainly, for a beginner who had only recently seen a loom for the first time, not counting my pot-holder loom. I bought the book not for its charming title or its beauty or even because it could teach me to weave overshot. I bought it because it was evidence that I had joined the age-old procession of women and men who magically linked beauty and utility, creating comfort. It made me feel part of something larger. In the late 1970s, I was a reporter working on what used to be called the “Women’s Pages” on a small city daily. The city editor sent me to interview a newcomer to the community, a woman, he said, who was a widely…