Friday, May 5th, 2017 Posted in Magazine, Weaving | No Comments »
Ready to try weaving? Little Looms is a great place to start!
Easy Weaving with Little Looms a Special Issue of Handwoven 2017 introduces readers to a wide range of smaller weaving techniques, and suggests great tools and yarns to get you started. There’s so much you can do, even on the most petite and portable looms. Small looms are an easy and affordable way to learn the weaving process or to prepare you for more complex weaving!
Explore detailed designs for inkle loom belts, beautiful scarves on a rigid heddle, and dive into your stash to play around with pin looms, or woven wall tapestries. With 23 projects to choose from there’s something for everyone!
Here are a few of our favorite featured projects:
Geometric Waves Scarves, by Deborah Bagley.
A sophisticated study in contrast – from a simple pin loom! Grab your Schacht Zoom Loom 4" x 4" and two contrasting colors of a favorite yarn for either version of this simple and stunning scarf. You’ll need a 4″ x 4″ pin loom, a tapestry needle for stitching the squares and embellishing the lines, and about 320 yards (2 skeins) of each color. We recommend a worsted or aran weight 100% wool like Botanica Yarn, or Bartlettyarns Maine Wool Yarn.
Stormy Seas Scarf, by Whitney Dorband.
A subtle log cabin pattern takes advantage of the natural color changes in a favorite variegated merino like Arroyo Yarn by Malabrigo. This soft superwash merino in kettle dyed colors, and a simple design, proves that some of your favorite knitting yarns are great on the loom too!
Use just one skein (just over 200 yards) for both warp and weft to make a finished scarf 8.5″ wide by 60″ long, plus a 4″ fringe. You’ll need a rigid heddle with a weaving width of 10″ and a 10 dent reed. A Schacht Cricket 10" Rigid Heddle Loom Kit or Ashford 12" Knitters Rigid Heddle Loom are as portable as can be and will work beautifully for endless scarf weaving!
No Assumptions Towels, by Susan E. Horton.
Nautical Towels, by Jodi Ybara.
Affordable and absorbent 8/2 unmercerized cotton makes these textured towels a great kitchen go-to. Project makes two 17″ by 29″ finished towels. Use a rigid heddle with a width of 24″ and a 10 dent reed.
Using Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn in three colors, you’ll need the following: 2,300 yards (one pound cone or 4 mini cones) of Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (bleach white), and one mini cone each of Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (light turk), and Homestead 8/2 Cotton Yarn (nassau blue).
Calming Wave Yoga Bag, by Constance Hall.
For this rigid heddle project you’ll need a weaving width of at least 17″ and a 10 dent reed. The warp uses 256 yards of a sturdy cotton like 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn, and the colorful wool weft is Plymouth Gina Yarn. You’ll need a total of approximately 500 yards of Pearl Cotton, and 2 balls of Plymouth Gina wool.
Nordic Notes Guitar Strap, by Connie Rubsamen.
Woven on an inkle loom, this project uses three colors of 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn: 205 yards of color A (warp and weft), 75 yards of color B, and 30 yards of color C. We sell 3/2 Pearl Cotton in 180 yard mini cones, so you can affordably mix and match colors, or you can buy this yarn by the pound.
Checkered Cardigan, by Benjamin Krudwig.
Weave? Knit? Crochet? How about a jacket that does it all! In two colors of a soft, DK wool, this jacket features a knitted sleeve, woven panels, and crochet edging. For the weaving you’ll need a 15″ width rigid heddle, and an 8 dent reed. You’ll also use a Size G-6 crochet hook, and size 7 circular and double point needles.
Enjoy weaving on the smaller side… and join us all of May for more great little loom adventures!
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