Vadmal

Vadmal (Wadmal) is a woven wool cloth that has been felted. Felting the fabric after weaving, thickens the cloth and makes it wind and water resistant as well as warm. Vadmal is generally woven in a tabby or a twill weave on warp weighted or floor looms. In order to felt the fabric, there are … Continue reading “Vadmal”

Greek Flokati Rugs

A few years ago on a wonderful holiday to Corfu, Greece I purchased a beautiful sample of a Greek Flokati rug. It had been woven by my friend, Agathi the weaver, in Kassiopi, Corfu. She very kindly explained to me how these wonderful rugs are woven. The shaggy weft wool pile was made of handspun … Continue reading “Greek Flokati Rugs”

How to Make a Tin Embroidered Key Chain

TenntrĂ„dsbroderi, or embroidering with pewter or tin thread is almost a lost art. The Saami used tin thread since the 1600’s to decorate their clothing. The tin was obtained by melting down old pewter plates and dishes and was spun into thread. The use of pewter thread has recently become fashionable in jewellery items such … Continue reading “How to Make a Tin Embroidered Key Chain”

Rya Rug Video

How to Weave a Rya Rug on a floor loom. This rya rug is made of 100% hemp warp and weft. The video demonstrates how to cut the rya pile, tie the rya knots and weave the rug. The backing for the rug is woven in a tabby weave. The pile for the rya knots … Continue reading “Rya Rug Video”

Rya Rug Repair

Diagrams and instructions for how to repair a hole in a rya rug

Handwoven Quilts

Threads of Time – quilts from the Mothers of Invention Exhibit

Card Woven Edging

How to weave a card or tablet woven trim to the end of a handwoven fabric.

V-Neck Shaping on a Loom

How to shape a V-neckline on the loom.