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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.

Weaving with Overtwisted Singles

I like to push weaving boundaries. Currently, I am spinning fine singles and using them to weave highly textured collapse fabrics. It forces me to adapt my techniques and equipments to handle these overtwisted, energized yarns.

It's all about keeping the yarn under tension. Read more >>


Photographing Your Work

Taking good photographs of your work requires a little knowledge, a decent camera, patience, and lots of practice.

I have several rules for digital photography that make the work easier, and result in better pictures. Read more >>

Magic-Step Towels

This design was a "Eureka!" moment for me. For years, I have explored two- and three-shaft weaving structures. By combining color-and-weave with thick-and-thin yarns you can get complicated-looking fabric from even the simplest looms. The pronounced diagonal in this design, however, the "magic-steps," didn't show up until I started weaving. It's an exciting design that I'll be exploring in future projects. Read more >>

Knit 1; Weave 1: Waves and Sand

by Brenda Dayne and Syne Mitchell

This project started with the yarn. I was intrigued that Silk City's Bambu yarn came in two weights, one thin enough for weaving, the other thick enough for hand-knitters.

Brenda Dayne generously agreed to work with me on the project. Together we designed a summer ensemble of tank-top and sarong. Read more >>

Recycled Plastic-Bag Weaving

I have a considerable yarn stash of wool, cotton, linen and silk, carefully stored in baskets and on yarn trees. But to my surprise, I’ve come to regard hundreds of plastic bags, stored in a big floppy cardboard box in the garage, as part of this stash.  Read more >>

Summer Breeze Scarf

Weaving setts of 8, 10, and 12 ends per inch are typical when weaving on a rigid heddle loom. This is because rigid heddle reeds are made of plastic which makes it hard to manufacture a reed with a spacing finer than twelve dents-per-inch.

So are you stuck weaving worsted-weight yarns on a rigid-heddle loom? Read more >>

Tablet-Woven DPN Holder

One of the first questions I'm asked when I teach tablet weaving is, "Where can I buy the tablets?"  Weaving shops sell them, but you can also make your own, which is a great way to recycle.  I use empty cereal boxes, but any stiff cardboard or card stock will do. This project is perfect for first-time tablet weavers: simple to make and—when you're done—you end up with a lovely knitting-needle case! Read more >>

Painted-Skein Warps: Bonus Content

In the Painted-Skein Warps article I mentioned there was a way to wind a warp on a warping board that works with any painted skein, regardless of whether or not it is a palindrome skein. 

The trick is not to turn around at the bottom peg.  Read more >>

Designing with Turned-Weft Ikat

With a few simple dyeing strategies, you can design beautiful ikat warps at the warping board using Turned-Weft Ikat.

I enjoy the spontaneity of designing a warp directly on the warping board.  Read more >>

Painted-Skein Warps

I find myself completely unable to resist hand-painted skeins. Their gorgeous colors, all the watercolor-like blendings of hues, fill me with an embarassing amount of glee.

I'm also a sucker for a great colorway name. I know it's just marketing, but in the dead gray of a Seattle winter, I'm helpless to resist a yarn called "Summer in Jamaica." Read more >>