Weave-Alongs offer an opportunity for you to weave a published pattern in the company of your fellow weavers. As your host, I'll offer tips, videos, supplemental handouts, resources, and act as the head cheerleader.
A big shout out to all the patrons, the Yarnworker School's booster community, who have kept these weave-alongs FREE!* Over 2,500 weavers have registered to weave along, and this is only possible because of patron support.
For more information about the school, weave-alongs, and how to become a patron, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on my website.
About the Project
For those itching to work with finer threads in finer setts, these two projects allow you to weave where you are. In the vein of the rag rug weave-along, I’m offering you the choice of one of two projects—one single heddle, and the other, double.I have two napkin patterns: The No Two Alike Napkins in Weaving Made Easy, revised edition (single heddle) doubles fine threads in a close sett that is woven in a single end allows you to pop the colors in the warp and create a fine cloth with drape, perfect for napkins. The Four-Sided Fringe Napkins in Handwoven Home uses the same idea, creating an even finer fabric, setting the yarn singly by using two heddles.
How Weave-Alongs Work
Each week, I'll provide tips to supplement the published pattern information. As always, this is a go-at-your-own pace experience. If you are chomping at the bit and want to get started, then dive right in. If you feel like you would benefit from seeing the tips associated with each week before proceeding to the next step, then you may want to weave along with the schedule.
I have updated the player to the newest version, so now you can ask question on each individual video. I check in at least once a day, Monday-Friday and, occasionally, on weekends. I take Sundays off from screens. For more information about using this platform, check out tips for navigating the school in the header of the school page.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
This weave-along is designed for an advanced beginner. I assume that you have already woven a few projects, can warp your loom without assistance, and have a basic understanding of weaving terminology.
April 5: Registration link available, welcome information, tips on modifying the pattern.
April 12: Warp
April 19: Weave
April 26: Finishing
May 3: Show and Tell! I’ll be traveling to Maryland Sheep & Wool to teach during the last week of the WAL.
Videos will be posted by noon on the appointed day.
Yarn and Loom Requirements
8/2 unmercerized cotton (3,369 yd [3,081 m]/lb) or 22/2 cottolin (3,246 yd [2,968 m]/lb)
Single heddle version as shown:
Warp: 986 yd (902 m)/lb total: 396 yd (362 m) natural; 590 (539 m) tealWeft: 248 yd (228 m) total: 124 yd (113 m) natural; 124 yd (113 m) teal
Double heddle version as shown:
Warp: 932 yd (853 m) total: 228 yd (208 m) blue; 268 yd (245 m) yellow green; 158 yd (144 m) light green; 278 yd (254 m) yellowWeft: 380 yd (348 m) total; 95 yd (87 m) each blue, yellow green, light green, yellow.
Cotton Clouds has a kit for the No Two Alike Napkins in multiple colorways. They also have a kit for the Four-Sided Fringe Napkins in the colorways shown in the book. Patrons get 20% off. Check out this post for the code.
No Two Alike Napkins: rigid-heddle loom with 15” (38 cm) weaving width, 12-dent rigid heddle, 3 stick shuttles, optional sewing machine.Four-Sized Fringe Napkins: rigid-heddle loom with 16″ (40.5 cm) weaving width and double heddle block, two 12-dent rigid heddles, boat shuttle with 5 bobbins or 2-5 stick shuttles.
Thanks again to the Yarnworker Patrons who make the Yarnworker School of Weaving possible.
*Weave-alongs are free for everyone while they are active through the thirty-day grace period after the weave-along has ended. A small fee will be assessed at that time. I won't answer questions after the weave-along has finished.
- Welcome to Weaving Week + Shuttles
- Weaving Four-Sided Fringe Napkins
- Weaving No Two Alike Napkins + Transitioning Between Napkins and Measuring
- Alternative Finish If You Don’t Have A Sewing Machine
- Bonus Structure For Those Weaving With Two Heddles
- DIY Temple for Weaving Additional Structures
About the instructor
Yarn is a big part of who I am—growing it, spinning it, and then making it do tricks, particularly the over/under kind (i.e. weaving). Passing this love on to newcomers is what makes my heart happy. I spend my days weaving, writing about weaving, teaching others to weave, and enjoying this thing called life.
I host Yarnworker, a site for rigid-heddle know-how and inspirations. I dream-up, films, edit, and hosts the courses myself from my home in central, New Mexico. To learn more about me and the Yarnworker community, visit yarnworker.com