Doodling is one of the ways I calm my mind. Did you know you can doodle on your weaving? Doogles are created by adding a supplemental weft as you weave. During the Spring 2020 Weave-Along, I’ll show you two ways to do this, inlay and onlay. There is a subtle, yet sublime, difference between them. Inlay is the process of laying in a supplemental, discontinuous weft next to a continuous one in the same shed. Onlay allows the supplemental yarn to slide on top of the continuous weft decreasing bunching and creating a different look on the front and back (see below). Not sure exactly what I’m talking about? Join us and I’ll show you!
To construct this runner, I drew on a method popularized by Theo Moorman. By altering thick and thin picks and using using the thin pick as a tie-down thread, you can create shapes that sit on top of the ground cloth instead of in it. (As far as I know, “onlay” isn’t really a recognized thing in the weaving world. It is how I describe the distinction between these two methods.)
In this weave-along, you will learn how onlay and inlay work, the benefits of creating a cartoon to map out your weaving in advance, and get the opportunity to flex your creative muscles by doodling on your fabric. I’ll even teach you a method of weaving the fabric first, then doodling later.
Here is the who, what, when, and where info to date:
This weave-along is appropriate for just-beyond-beginner weaver. I assume that you have already woven a few projects and have a basic understanding of the direct warping process and weaving terminology. Project planning skills are a bonus.
The techniques I’ll share can be adapted to almost any textiles. The specific pattern I’ll be weaving is the Go Your Own Way Runner from Handwoven Home or as I like to think of it now, the “Weave Our Way Through” Runner. The book is available from your favorite bookseller in softcover or as a Kindle edition (affiliate link). The education portion of the weave-along is free. You will need the book to refer to the full pattern and other supplemental references in the book.
Sampling along is always an option. If you have one, consider diving into your stash and selecting yarns that you think might work and warp up a short sample. It doesn’t have to be cotton or linen. I suggest a 50-inch long warp about 8” wide. You will need about 115 yards of each yarn—a thick and a thin—and about 70” of each yarn for weft. Depending on how much loom waste you use, you will get about a 24” long finished piece.
10-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 10″ (25.5 cm) weaving width; two 12″–14″ (30.5–35.5 cm) stick shuttles; two 4″–6″ (10–15 cm) shuttles, or you can use butterflies (I’ll show you how to make them); a pick-up stick at least 14″ (35.5 cm) long.
283 yds (258 m), 4-ply *DK weight cotton/ linen blend (1,001 yd [915 m]/lb). Shown in Rowan Creative Linen (50% cotton/50% linen, 219 yd [200 m]/ 3 1⁄2 oz per skein)
218 yds (200 m), 22/2 Cottolin (3,246 yd [2,968 m]/lb) shown in Louet North America Organic 22/2 Cottolin (60% cotton/40% linen, 710 yd [649 m] 3 1/2 oz cone. This 22/2 cottonlin is no longer being distributed in the U.S., any 22/2 Cottolin or similar-sized yarn that is strong enough for warp will work.
4 yd (4 m), 4-ply DK weight cotton/linen blend in contrasting color from ground cloth. Shown in Rowan Creative Linen (50% cotton/50% linen, 219 yd [200 m]/3 1⁄2 oz per skein) and 4 yd (4 m), 2-ply DK weight, novelty cotton in a variegated colorway: Shown in Seedling by Classic Elite (100% organic cotton, 110 yd [100 m]/1.75 oz skein). Classic Elite is no longer in business. Any similar weight variegated yarn will work.
* The pattern labels the yarn as “worsted” but the yardage puts it closer to DK weight.
April 8: Registration link available, welcome information, tips on selecting yarns and modifying the pattern.
April 22: Warp
April 29: Weave
May 6: Finishing
May 13: Show and Share!
I host the weave-alongs for free at the Yarnworker School of Weaving, a community-funded, virtual classroom for rigid-heddle weavers. For more information about the Yarnworker Weave-Alongs and School, check out this FAQ.
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