I’ve selected five projects from Handwoven Home, that I think are good next steps on the road we have been traveling. Below the gallery of photos, is more information about yarn and loom requirements for each project and the golden nuggets gleamed by weaving them. Don’t worry we will get to all of them, it’s the order we are determining for now! Click here to vote.
1. Four Looks Kitchen Towels
Striped warps are fun to play around with—from one warp, you can get many looks. This pattern is easily sized up or down.
Yarn: 22/2 cottolin (3,246 yd/lb) or 8/2 unmercerized cotton (3,369 yd/lb). Update: I mixed the cottolin and 8/2 because I like the look and to get the colors I wanted. You don’t have to do that. You need about 1,082 yd light blue; 1,488 yd dark blue; 198 yd light green, 986 yd white. Cotton Clouds is making a kit for this project. I’ll share a link when it is ready.
Equipment: 10-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 23″; (58.5 cm) weaving width; 5 stick; shuttles or a boat shuttle with 5; bobbins.
Golden Nugget: Like the Color-and-Weave Weave Along we can practice warping long, fine warps and experiment with different color orders to get an infinite variety of looks.
2. Hudson Bay 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.
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.
Golden Nugget: Working with woolen yarns and determining how much yarn your beam can handle.
3. Twill Be Done Runner
You can weave any twill, and for that matter, any pattern, by picking up the pattern row by row in the front of the heddle. It’s a great way to play around with weaving drafts and learn how they work.
Yarn: 2-ply worsted weight recycled cotton (1,001 yd/lb), shown in Berroco Indigo; 4-ply worsted weight cotton/linen blend (1,001 yd/lb): shown in Rowan Creative Linen.
Equipment: 8-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 14″ weaving width; 3 stick shuttles; 16″ pick-up stick.
Golden Nugget: Learn to read and draw drafts and pick them up in front of the heddle.
4. Skip-a-Slot Placemat
This mat is made in a structure called Rep weave, a close sett thick warp that is woven by alternating thick and thin picks. An added design feature is created by skipping a slot every so often that allows the weft to pop without using a pick-up stick.
Yarn: 3/2 mercerized cotton (1,260 yd/lb).
Equipment: 12-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 16″ weaving width; 12″ stick shuttle or boat shuttle; 18″ stick shuttle; tapestry beater.
Golden Nugget: Lots of opportunity to play with color and use your tapestry beater to create a dense thick mat.
5. Linen Facecloth
Linen yarn is the perfect material for weaving facecloths because it holds up well wash after wash and dries quickly. These facecloths are woven in a lacy windowpane structure worked in two weights of linen to create deeper cells.
Yarn: 4-ply sportweight wet-spun linen (1,300 yd/lb) and 2-ply lace weight wet-spun linen (2,600 yd/lb). Shown in Louet Euroflax Sport (100% wet-spun linen (270 yd/ 3 oz skein); Louet Euroflax Lace (100% wet-spun linen,630 yd/3. oz mini cone).
Equipment: 12-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 13″ weaving width; 4 stick shuttles; 15″ pick-up stick.
Golden Nugget: A nice introduction to weaving with linen warping.