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1. Simple Tapestry Shapes
A next step from our weft-faced colorwork is this minimalist bag using simple tapestry techniques to create shapes. The design’s proportion is based on the Golden Mean, a mathematical principle that weavers often use to create proportional, asymmetrical blocks.
Without the strap this could easily be sized for a phone, tablet, or laptop sleeve.
Shown in Harrisville Design Highland (100% wool), 450 yd [411.5m]/8 oz skein in four colors.
Equipment: Rigid-heddle loom with at least an 8” weaving width, 12-dent or 5-dent rigid-heddle, 3 shuttles. Optional tapestry beater or fork.
2. Warp-Faced Band
We have yet to tackle warp-faced weaves. This project will allow us to explore this structure, including lots of colorwork. This is a great way to weave bands, belts, and trims. Shown here is the sash from Weaving Made Easy that illustrates some of the colorwork options. Warp-faced weaves don’t always have to be narrow, you can size them up for sashes and even scarves. As a bonus, we can explore tubular weave, another favorite weave for trims and straps.
Shown in Lunatic Fringe Tubular Spectrum 5/2 (100% mercerized cotton), 2,100 yd [1,920 m]/ lb in at least two contrasting colors.
Equipment: Rigid-heddle loom with at least a 4” weaving width, 12-dent rigid-heddle, 1 belt shuttle.
3. Tubular Doubleweave
Similar to double width, tubular doubleweave allows you to weave a tube with both sides connected. On the loom you can connect the bottom, and then weave the flap. All that is left to do is to finish off the fringe. We can explore fringe and fringeless finishes. This is a small project that allow you to tackle two heddles in an approachable way.
Shown in Ty-Dy from Knit One, Crochet Too, worsted-weight cotton (100% cotton): 196 yd/ 3.5 oz (100 g) ball; 896 yd/lb; shown in Magenta Moss (#547) and Second Time Cotton from Knit One, Crochet Too, worsted-weight cotton blend (75% cotton, 25% acrylic); 180 yd/3.5 oz (100 g) ball; 823 yd/lb.
Equipment: Rigid-heddle loom with at least an 8″ weaving width and a 2-heddle block (I can share the Cricket hack), two 8-dent rigid heddles, 3 shuttles, 2 pick-up sticks.
4. Doubleweave Colorwork
Measuring just 34” long, this ruana-style garment can be woven using one heddle or two. We can explore weaving double width for half the garment in checks, and then switch to disconnected selvedges in stripes for the other half, or weave the garment in two pieces and seam them together. The long fringe in the front takes advantage of the extra loom waste generated by double heddle weaves. This is also an opportunity to get into double heddle colorwork.
Shown in Louet North America Gems (no longer available) worsted-weight wool (100% Merino), 800 yd/lb, in four colors.
Equipment: Rigid-heddle loom with at least a 20″ weaving width and a 2-heddle block (I can share the Cricket hack), two 8-dent rigid heddles, 2-4 shuttles, 2 pick-up sticks.