Here are four options for our next two weave-alongs. I choose these as next good steps on our collective weaving journey.
Beneath the gallery of photos is information about yarn and loom requirements for each project and the golden nuggets gleamed by weaving them. Click on the photo of you would like to enlarge it.
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1. Weaving with Rags
Rags and weaving go together like peanut butter and jelly. You can make rags from so many thing—fabric, t-shirts, plastic bags, and other up cycled fabric. I can cover numerous ways to prepare rags for weaving and offer project modification tips to use this pattern to create placemats and runners. Additionally, this pattern allows us to play with stripes and blocks
Yarn: 8/4 cotton carpet warp + rags.
Equipment: 8-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 21″ (53.5 cm) weaving width; four 20″ (51 cm) stick shuttles. Optional: tapestry beater, sewing machine.
2. Warp-Faced Textiles
We have spent some time talking about weft-faced weaves, but we have yet to touch on warp-faced weaves. Rep Weave is one of the most popular of these types of weaves. In traditional Rep Weave the entire warp is covered. This is a variation that uses a dance warp woven with thick and thin picks. It is a great way to play with color and and create a dense mat fabric.
Yarn: 3/2 mercerized cotton (1,260 yd [1,152 m]/lb).
Equipment: 12-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 16″ (40.5 cm) weaving width; 12″ (30.5 cm) stick shuttle or boat shuttle; 18″ (45.5 cm) stick shuttle. Optional: tapestry beater, s-hooks.
3. Weaving with Linen + Using a Pick-Up Stick
So many golden nuggets here, weaving with linen, using a pick-up stick behind the heddle like a permanent extra shaft, playing around with multiple weights of yarn, and color play. This fabric one is woven using two weights of yarn in two different colors to make the cells deeper and give the fabric more texture. Its a super fun structure to play around with color and to cut your teeth on linen, its not has hard as folks think, you just have to apply a little know-how to keep it under control.
Yarn: 4-ply sportweight wet-spun linen (1,300 yd/lb) and 2-ply lace weight wet-spun linen (2,600 yd/lb).
Equipment: 12-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 13″ weaving width; 4 stick shuttles; 15″ pick-up stick.
4. Doubleweave Throw
Let’s revisit doubleweave! A big, cozy throw such as this one is absolutely within reach of a rigid-heddle-loom weaver. A second heddle allows you to weave cloth twice the width of your loom. This pattern is easily sized up or down and I’ll provide tips for how to asses how long of a warp you can weave on your loom.
Yarn: 2-ply wool (874 yd/lb); shown in Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool (100% wool, 478yd/8. oz skein).
Equipment: Rigid-heddle loom with a 24″ weaving width; two 5-dent rigid heddles; 4 stick shuttles; two 26″ pick-up sticks.
NOTE If you want a video demonstrating how to thread the heddles, you will also need to purchase Double Your Fun from Interweave. This is out of respect to my publisher. It isn’t necessary to do so to weave-along. There is information in Handwoven Home on how to thread the heddles. I’ll demonstrate techniques specific to this throw and offer some written tips and tricks for threading.
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