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Handwoven, March/April 1985 Digital Edition

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Handwoven, March/April 1985

Ten and 20 yard warps are the norm in Sweden where long yardages are often woven to be cut later, or where variations are made on these long warps with simple weft and treadling changes. In this country we tend to put on shorter warps, and many of us weave a wide variety of fabrics from thick and heavy woolens to delicate and fine linens. One warp may be a blanket and the next one a set of placemats. We often hesitate to commit to ten, 20 or 30 yard warps. We can, however, borrow the idea of weaving several things on one warp from the Swedes, adding to it our American tendency toward variety and change. While warping doesn't have to be an ordeal and really it shouldn't be, putting a warp on the loom for several projects does make a lot of sense for the time it saves. You need to measure, sley, thread and beam only once.

On the following pages we've explored some of the options for getting the most out of a warp. One thing is for sure; you will need to plan ahead. Instead of planning one project, youH need to plan five, six or even as many as ten projects before you ever begin to make your warp. Just think of putting on a warp for all the birthday presents you want to give for a whole year, and weaving it off without the interruption of rewarping.

Articles included in Handwoven, March/April 1985:

  • Make it with Wool
  • For the Floor: An International Exhibit of Contemporary Artists' Rugs
  • Making Machine Knit Ribbing for Woven Goods
  • Navajo Inspired Rugs for Floor or Beast
  • And More!

Download your copy of Handwoven March/April 1985 today and start your own weaving adventure!

Author/Designer: Handwoven Editors