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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.

Woven Shibori on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

Shibori is a traditional Japanese technique in which you stitch a cloth with a thread and then pull the thread tight to create a resist, similar to tie-dyeing. 

Woven shibori (popularized by Catherine Ellis and Kay Faulkner) adds the thread into the cloth as it is woven, eliminating the need for stitching.  Although woven shibori is typically created on a loom with four or more shafts, you can—with a bit of ingenuity—weave shibori on a rigid-heddle loom. Read more >>

Outstanding Moral Fiber: Weaving with Un-Knitted Cashmere

The concept of recycling anything and everything has become popular recently, but the tradition of un-weaving cloth to reuse the yarn dates back to the beginning of textiles.

In the past, weavers in Ghana un-wove the silk from Indian saris to create special Kente cloth. In Guatemala, I have seen Read more >>

Potholder Loom: Basics and Beyond

For many of us, our first experience with weaving is with the humble potholder loom. But after you've woven that first potholder and mastered the basics, what's next?

The good news is, you can use this simple loom to explore a variety of color effects. Read more >>

Clasped Weft Weaving with Conductive Thread and LEDs

Lots is happening in the world of eTextiles! 

Electronically enhanced textiles have moved beyond scientific studies (such as wearable computers and chemical-sensing textiles), beyond adaptive uses and assistive clothing, and into the realm of high fashion and art. Read more >>

Woven Lace: Huck on a Twill Threading

You don't need a lot of shafts to weave beautiful and unique cloth. For example, huck lace is a popular structure that can easily be woven on four shafts.

Having more shafts, however, gives you additional options, such as the ability to combine different weave structures and weave off a long warp in a variety of ways. Read more >>

How Much? Pricing Handwovens

Every weaver or maker should consider the question, "how much?"

If you're weaving to sell, knowing the fair market value of your work is essential.

But even if you never intend to sell your work, calculating its value can bring you a new appreciation of the things you make. Read more >>

Dogwood Lace

I demonstrated  weaving at a local recreation center in Loveland, Colorado with Vivian Gilbert, a fellow member of the Northern Colorado Weavers Guild. 

We both brought samples of fiber items to share with the public, and I fell in love with Vivian’s sample of Atwater-Bronson lace.  It was reminiscent of a dogwood flower.  Read more >>

The Over & Under of Cloth Analysis

Inspiration for handwoven designs are everywhere. 

If you have ever admired the cloth design of a pillow, placemat, old garment, or fabric store find, and wondered how it was woven, you can discover the structure and loom requirements for it using cloth analysis.   Read more >>

3/1 Double-Faced Weave Saddle Blanket

This saddle blanket project is an avenue for exploring 3/1 double-faced weave, a fascinating weft-faced weave structure.

If you know someone who's into horseback riding, this would be a special gift. 

Otherwise, you can use it as a small rug, or scale it down and weave it as a table runner or placemat. Read more >>

Woven Ratios

Weavers love the pure colors of the rainbow: yellow, orange, red, violet, blue and green.  Balancing two or more of these vibrant hues in woven cloth can be a challenge, however,  Read more >>