Weaving Resources

How to Sew an Envelope Pillow Cover with Handwoven Fabric

by Amanda Rataj

Pillow covers are a wonderful way to showcase unique handwoven fabrics, and they make excellent gifts as well. In this article, Amanda Rataj will demonstrate how to easily make an envelope style pillow cover with handwoven fabric.
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Weave Structures: Monk's Belt, Crackle Weave, Summer and Winter, Halvdräll

by Amanda Rataj

Learn the basics of Monk's Belt, Crackle Weave, Summer and Winter, and Halvdräll. Like overshot, these patterns have a tabby ground and a pattern weft, but the threading and tie-up differ from overshot, and each produces a unique effect.
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Mixed Warps: Weaving with Multiple Types of Yarn in a Single Warp

by Liz Gipson

Tips for weaving with multiple types of yarn in a single warp.
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How to Convert Rigid Heddle Patterns for 4-Shaft Looms

by Christine Jablonski

Learn how to convert a rigid heddle project to a shaft loom draft in a few easy steps.
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Weave Structures: Overshot

by Amanda Rataj

Overshot textiles have a distinctive construction made up of both a plain weave and pattern layer. Requiring two shuttles and at least four shafts, overshot textiles are built using two passes: one weaves a tabby layer and the other weaves the pattern layer, which overshoots or floats, above.
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Basic Weave Structures: Twill

by Amanda Rataj

This post is the second in a series introducing you to common weaving structures. You’ll find many patterns in Gist’s pattern collection that feature twill structures, and, like plain weave, it’s another foundation weave that has a lifetime of new and exciting combinations to explore.

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Introduction to Tapestry Looms and Tapestry Weaving

by Sarah Resnick

If you are looking to try out a new art form, or if you are a multi-shaft or rigid heddle weaver interested in exploring another facet of the weaving world, this blog post introduces the equipment and yarn you'll need to get started with tapestry weaving.

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Basic Weave Structures: Plain Weave

by Amanda Rataj

Plain weave is a fundamental weaving structure in which the weft travels over and then under adjacent warp ends. The weft does the opposite in the next row, traveling under/over a warp end it previously went over/under. Plain weave creates a smooth and strong cloth. 
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Doubleweave on a Rigid Heddle Loom: Tips for Achieving a Clean Shed

by Christine Jablonski

Learn how to achieve a clean shed when doing doubleweave on your rigid heddle loom.
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The Differences Between Direct and Indirect Warping for Rigid Heddle Looms

by Liz Gipson

Learn the functional differences between the direct and indirect warping methods for rigid heddle looms.
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How to Wind a Warp for Weaving

by Amanda Rataj

Learn how to wind a warp for weaving with instructions and advice from Amanda Rataj. If you are a rigid heddle weaver, this process is known as indirect warping.
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How to Fix Warp Tension Issues on Rigid Heddle Looms

by Liz Gipson

Learn the how to prevent tension problems on your rigid heddle loom while warping, and how to fix tension issues while weaving.
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How to Read a Weaving Draft

by Amanda Rataj

Learn how to read a weaving draft with this in-depth look at each of the key components: threading, tie-up, treadling, and drawdown. This information can be applied to both rising and sinking shed looms.
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Fringe Finishing Techniques

by Amanda Rataj

This article covers two basic finishing techniques: hand twisted and braided fringe. A fringe is more than a decorative element—it also secures your weaving. These simple and beginner-friendly techniques can be used on a variety of projects, such as scarves, rugs, and towels.
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Weaving Glossary

by Susie Martinez

New weavers can often be intimidated by all of the new terminology. From treadles to heddles, there’s so much to learn. Fear not, dear weaver! This glossary of terms will tell you everything you need to know.
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How to Hem Handwoven Fabric

by Amanda Rataj

How to hem handwoven projects by hand or machine.
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How to Buy a Used Loom - Part Two

by Amanda Rataj

This article is the second of a two-part series on how to buy used weaving looms. To get a few different perspectives on this, three friends are sharing what they look for in a loom and some of the helpful things they’ve learned along the way.

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How To Wet Finish Your Handwovens

by Sarah Resnick

Curious how to care for your handwoven piece after you take it off the loom? This post explains how to wet finish and care for handwoven cotton, linen, wool, alpaca, and silk.
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