Welcome to Yarnworker's November, 2017 weave-along. We are going to weave the Twill Be Done Runner from Handwoven Home. This weave-along gives us a great opportunity to look at how to read a weaving draft written for floor or table looms and create charts that we can pick-up in front of the rigid heddle.
If you are new to these weave-alongs you can read a little bit about our history here. A huge shout-out to all the Yarnworker patrons who make these weave-alongs possible.
- October 25 Registration link available, welcome and introduction to the project; visit the weaving studio and learn how a floor loom works; how to read a weaving draft.
- November 1 Picking up a drawdown; fixing mistakes; working a clove hitch knot.
- November 8 Finishing tips; a meditation on fancy structures and the rigid-heddle loom.
- November 15 Set your table and share your photos!
WHAT YOU NEED TO GATHER
Handwoven Home by Liz Gipson
Warp: 2-ply worsted weight recycled cotton (1,001 yd [915 m]/lb): 189 yd (173 m) blue green. Shown in: Berroco Indigo (95% recycled cotton/5% other recycled fibers, 219 yd [200 m]/3 oz skein): #6432 High-rise.
Weft: 4-ply worsted weight cotton/linen blend (1,001 yd [915 m]/lb): 123 yd (112 m) teal; 27 yd (25 m) yellow green. Shown in: Rowan Creative Linen (50% cotton/50% linen, 219 yd [200 m]/3 oz skein): #625 Teal, #629 Apple.
Cotton Clouds put together a kit in an alternate yarn, Hanako, a 50% cotton/50% linen from Classic Elite, in three different colorways. They have included enough yarn to warp a slightly shorter runner and two coordinating placemats. At the opening of registration they are running low on kits. They do stock the yarn and you can order individual skeins.
8-dent rigid-heddle loom with a 14″ (35.5 cm) weaving width; 3 stick shuttles; 16″ (40.5 cm) pick-up stick.
This weave-along is designed for the advanced beginner. I assume that you have already woven a few projects, can warp your loom without assistance, and that you have a basic understanding of the terminology. The technique used in this project isn't difficult, however the underlying theory behind it—reading drafts and creating drawdowns—may be challenging for some. That said, don't be afraid to jump in. You don't know what you can do until you try and that's what weave-alongs are all about!
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