Madelyn van der Hoogt


Ask Madelyn: Choosing the Right Dent for Your EPI

If I want 30 epi in my warp and I have the choice of an 8-, 12-, or 15-dent reed, which is the best?

Ask Madelyn: 16/2 versus 8/2 Cottolin

I would like to know if 16/2 cottolin is a good choice of yarn for warp? I have used 8/2 cottolin, but not the finer 16/2.

Ask Madelyn: Counting Heddles

Madelyn gives advice for counting heddles.

Ask Madelyn: Reasons for a Broken Warp at the Edge

When I break a warp thread during weaving, it is always the thread on the far right (no matter if it is a floating selvedge or the first thread in the draft).

Ask Madelyn: Substitutions for 10/2 Unmercerized Cotton

What can I substitute for 10/2 unmercerized cotton? Madelyn has the answers!

Ask Madelyn: Tie-Ups and Marguerite Davison

I am weaving some table napkins using a diamond pattern, Periwinkle from Marguerite Davison's A Handweaver's Pattern Book, and I find that the pattern comes out face down, i.e., upside down.

Ask Madelyn: Beaming Warps

When beaming warps, I understand a lot of weavers like to use water-filled recycled plastic bottles with handles as weights. Can you suggest another thing that can be used as a weight?

Ask Madelyn: Reed Substitutions

I only have a 10-dent reed, so I used slightly finer warp threads and sleyed 4/dent for 4 dents and then skipped 1 dent, but the skipped dent is very obvious in the cloth. Any suggestions?

Ask Madelyn: Minimizing Warp Waste

How much extra warp should I allow in order to retie the remaining warp? I'm using silk yarn so I don't want much warp waste.

Ask Madelyn: Fixing Smiling Selvedges

What's the cause of smiling selvedges and how do you fix them? Madelyn has the answers!