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 the Winter 2019 weave-along we will be weaving the Skip-a-Slot Placemats from Handwoven Home.
A first for Yarnworker weave-along folk, we are weaving placemats in a warp emphasis weave using mercerized cotton. This class of weave structures shows mostly the warp and very little of the weft. It approximates a rep-like fabric, a closely set warp that is popular for its ability to showcase eye-popping colorwork. (You can see examples of rep weave by searching #repweave on Instagram or your favorite social media site.) This fabric uses two tones of the same color to create a rich harmony of colors. The pop of red is created by skipping a slot at regular intervals so the weft is exposed. The fabric was inspired by a sample I wove where I made a threading mistake and decided to leave it. Mistakes and sampling lead to wonderful surprises!
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.
You can ask questions by popping into the discussion section. 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.
January 8: Registration link available, welcome information, tips on modifying the pattern, and yarn substitutions.
January 16: Warp
January 23: Weave
January 30: Finishing
February 6: Show and Tell!
Videos will be posted by noon on the appointed day.
Yarn and Loom Requirements
*Warp: 3/2 mercerized cotton (1,260 yd [1,152 m]/lb): 170 yd (155 m) each silver blue, gray blue; 221 yd (202 m) turquoise, aqua each. (As written in the book, see Errata blow for more details.)
Weft: 3/2 mercerized cotton: 255 yd (233 m) maroon; 135 yd (123 m) coral.
*Errata: On page 67 under “Yarns” the first listing should read “Warp:” not “Weft:” The yardage amounts are also switched for the two colors. The yardage should have read 170 yd (155 m) each turquoise, aqua each; 221 yd (202 m) silver blue, gray blue.
If you look at the chart on page 68, there are more ends of the silver blue and gray blue combination. The pattern is reversible so if you have already gathered your colors you can switch the colors in the chart so that the turquoise aqua combination is the HOLES and the silver blue and gray blue are in the SLOTS.
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; tapestry beater. Notions: Sewing thread and needle; straight pins; tapestry needle; scrap yarn; two 3″ (7.5 cm) S-hooks (optional).
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.
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