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WeaveZine Article Archive

This is where you can find the archived articles from WeaveZine, the one-time online magazine for weavers. WeaveZine is no longer in production, but as weaving is timeless, so is the content within this archive.

Halloween Dolls

Halloween is a spooky time of year...

So why not make some cute little companions to keep you (or a little one) company on long, dark nights? Best of all, they won't even eat your candy! Read more >>

Weaving Words

Once you're woven images it isn't difficult to weave letters.

In my previous article Designing for Summer and Winter and Taqueté, the warp was threaded in a point profile. For letters, the warp needs to be threaded in a straight profile. Read more >>

Beading on the Edge

It's no secret—I have a passion for weaving narrow bands on a small rigid heddle. But like most rigid-heddle weavers, I sometimes yearn to make my plain weave a little less "plain".

On a whim one rainy afternoon, I combined some beads with a selvedge technique borrowed from shaft-loom weaving, and presto: a fun and easy way to make a simple band, simply stunning! Read more >>

Backstrap Basics

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Basic, crude, primitive—these are all words that spring to mind when one thinks of the humble backstrap loom—a description that obscures the fact that some of history's most beautiful and complex textiles have been woven on this simple arrangement of sticks. Read more >>

Double-Heddle Bookmarks

I love weaving bookmarks; they're small, make great gifts, and are a delightful palette for trying out new designs.

I wanted to weave bookmarks on a rigid-heddle loom, so my project would be portable. But the finest heddle I could find was 12 ends per inch, and I didn't want a bulky bookmark. What's a weaver to do? Read more >>

Flowing Curves: Network Drafted Twill

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My previous curves article explained how to create smooth and flowing curves using the overshot weave structure. In this second installment, we look at designing curves in the treadling using network-drafted twills. Read more >>

Golvende lijnen: slangenkeper met netwerktrapwijze

Color Gamps

by Michele Belson and Katzy Luhring

One of the joys of weaving is how color interacts in the cloth. When weft crosses the warp, it changes the apparent color of the warp, sometimes quite dramatically.

This interaction is a result of the warp and weft alternating between being on top of the fabric and below it. This creates tiny dots and dashes of color that act like pixels on a computer screen, optically mixing in the viewer's eye to create a new color. The resulting color can either be delightful, or...not.

Enter the color gamp, a tool for test-driving color combinations and a weaver's best friend when planning beautiful, colorful, projects. Read more >>

Weaving Wire: Disco Bag

"What are you doing, making window screens?"  My visiting friend was eyeing my little Emilia rigid-heddle loom.  I was weaving 22-gauge copper wire I had picked up at the hardware store.  Read more >>

Spa Wash Cloth on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

As I've said in earlier articles, I'm a sucker for interesting yarn. So I wasn't able to resist when I ran across two handspun yarns from Nepal.

One was hemp, and the other aloo (nettle.) Both were singles yarn, naturally colored, and with a rough, rustic, texture.

My plan was to weave spa-style organic, exfoliating wash cloths and give them as gifts with a bar of artisan soap.  Hemp, being naturally antibacterial and moisture resistant, is perfect for bath linens, and aloo smells great and is good for buffing skin. Read more >>