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Handwoven, September/October 1996 Digital Edition

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This issue is all about weaving traditions!


First, learn about the traditions surrounding the Scottish tartans. The colors and design of tartans were (and continue to be) used as identification of a Scottish clan or family. Also learn about Lady McEwen’s Tartan Skirt. Plus, join in a Tartan towel exchange and learn how to weave a variety of patterns in this Scottish tradition.


Discover Nordic traditions. Learn about Norse lichen dyes, specifically the Scottish cudbear and Norwegian korkje dyes that produce a range of colors including shades of red, magenta, purple, and violet. Discover Norwegian double weave on a single warp, which is technically summer and winter treadled with complementary wefts and no tabby. See the old vertical warp-weighted looms that persisted on the farmsteads of Norway even after they had fallen out of use. Lila Nelson shares two hangings inspired by Norwegian coverlets. She used a Norwegian weaving technique called danskbrogd.


Other projects include a tricolor chenille shawl, several pieces to chase the chill such as blankets, and some variations on vests. Plus, discover a profile of Sharon Alderman and learn how to warp and weave with fine yarns.


In every issue, you will be amazed at the amount of information packed into these pages:

  • Be inspired by weavers from all over the world. In each issue, you’ll meet weavers with unique stories to tell and special projects to share.
  • Explore weaving techniques new and old. Get an up-close look at all of the projects.
  • Test your weaving skills with projects that use plain weave, twill, double weave, and more.
  • And so much more!

This issue was scanned from an original print issue.

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Handwoven September/October 1996