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Dimity: aa061201

Dimity Cord is an interesting weave structure that produces lines of cord and crepe, depending on the width of the pattern blocks. The vertical stripes alternate between a 1:2 twill wave and an imperfect tabby.

I used the dimity cord draft to weave silk scarves. Each pattern block was 1/2 inch in width. You can adjust the width of the stripes to suit your taste.
dimity scarf

This project makes 2 scarves, each with a finished length of approx. 72″ plus fringe.

Warp 30/2 Silk
Warp length 6 yd
# Ends 260
Sett: 30 epi
Weft: 30/2 Silk
PPI: 30
Width in Reed: 8.5″
Finished Width: 6.5″


Allow for an 6″ fringe before beginning your scarf. Weave for 72″ following the treadling plan, using 30/2 silk weft, or another yarn of similar weight.Leave an allowance of 12″ for fringe between the first and second scarf.

After weaving the second scarf allow another 6 inches for fringe.

Leftover Warp

If you have some warp left, weave this off following the treadling plan, in either the same yarn as the weft, or a slightly heavier weight. This can be of silk, cotton, or linen.In the next project, I will give instructions on making a small handbag, using the leftover warp.

Dimity Cord Closeup


Finish the edges by making a Twisted Fringe. Wash both scarves and dry. Iron.

Weaving Draft

Dimity Cord Draft
Whig Rose
Summer Winter

Handwoven Scarf Books

Collapse Weave: Creating Three-Dimensional Cloth
Collapse cloth—cloth that, when removed from the loom and washed, takes on an entirely different appearance as the threads draw up and create puckers.
UK: Collapse Weave

Handwoven Scarves
From light silk to chunky chenille, from subtle white-on-white jacquard to bold magenta and goldenrod plaid, from four-inch-wide neck wraps to three-foot-wide body wraps, there is a scarf here to delight and encourage every handweaver.
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Devore: For Weavers & Knitters
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Weaving Project – Mirror Warp: aa021201

Mirror warping and overdyeing is a great way to use up leftover yarns to weave a scarf or a throw.

For this throw project, you can search through your yarn stash for all your odd colours of yarns, that you don’t know what to do with. Try to use yarns of similar weights and fibre types. Such as all wools, or cottons. The colours don’t have to be co-ordinated, because you will be overdyeing them, so colour clashes are great for this project.


Mirror Warp Throw

Mirror Warp

When weaving a mirror warp, your warp should be twice as long and half as wide as a normal warp and you will need to put a Cross at BOTH ENDS of the warp. When threading the warp to the loom, you will fold the warp in half and thread both ends of the warp onto the loom, creating a mirror image of the warp.
mirror warp diagram

Mirror Warp Throw Pattern

To weave a standard wool throw, I use the following measurements:

Warp Yarn: 2 ply fine wool
(Briggs & Little)

Sett: 8 epi

Width in Reed: 45″

No. Ends: 8 x 45 = 360 Ends

Warp length: 3 yards

To convert this to a Mirror Warp:

Sett: 8 epi

Width in Reed: 45″

No. Ends: 360/2 = 180 Ends

Warp Length: 3 x 2 = 6 yards

Wind all of the warp on the warping board or mill.

Overdyed Warp

If you are overdyeing the warp, Tie the crosses loosely but securely. Also add additional ties to the warp chains at one yard intervals. Remember to put crosses at both ends of the warp. You will be overdyeing the whole warp, so make sure that the ties are secure but loose.
Once the dyed warp has dried, you can now thread your loom.

Weaving Projects and Techniques

Tapestry Pillows
Double Width Weaving
Leno Lace Pickup
Doubleweave Pickup
Clasped Weft

Weaving Books: Patterns and Projects

The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
This book covers basic subjects such as warping a loom and making bobbins of weft, as well as more elaborate, highly decorative projects: baby blankets, shawls, table cloths, and linen hand towels.
UK: Big Book of Weaving

The Treasure Chest of Swedish Weaving
Complete pattern drafts for rugs, curtain, table cloths, towels, bedspreads.
UK: Treasure Chest of Swedish Weaving

Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand-Weaving Techniques and Pattern Drafts for the Beginning Weaver
A definitive guide to handloom weaving: step-by-step instructions, intricacies of color, fiber and how to use them effectively.
UK: Key to Weaving

Weaving Project – Handwoven Paper Wallhanging: aa123000

These paper wall hangings were woven using left over Christmas wrapping paper. This is a great way to recycle used paper.

paper wall hanging


8/2 cotton

Length: 3 yards

# ends: 252

Width in reed: 14 inches

Sett: 18 epi

This project makes 2 wall hangings, approximately 30″ in length.

Weaving Draft:


Each pattern block is approximately 2 inches in width. (9 repeats)


Pattern Shots – Christmas wrapping paper

Using a rotary cutter, I cut the paper into narrow strips approximately 3/8 inch wide x 24″ long.

8/2 Cotton

Use for the Tabby shots.



Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to start.

Using the summer/winter drawdown, weave the tabby picks with the 8/2 cotton.

For the pattern picks, lay a strip of the cut paper in the open shed. Close the shed and beat gently.

Weave the next tabby shot with the 8/2 cotton, and beat firmly.

Continue weaving, alternating with the 8/2 cotton and the paper. The Summer/Winter draft is very versatile and you can make the coloured blocks any size you wish. Use the coloured paper as a design element and experiment with the placement of the design for different colour and weave effects. Continue weaving for 30″. Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to complete the other edge of the wall hanging.


Cut the project off the loom and zig zag stitch the edges before cutting the 2 wall hangings apart. Fold over the edges and sew a straight seam to hem finish the edges.

Weaving Projects

Hemp Rep Placemats
Paper Yarn Weaving
Japanese Paper Yarn Weaving

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

Weaving Books: Projects

Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material.
UK: Weaving Made Easy

The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric.
UK: Weavers Idea Book

Weaving Project – Twill Towels: aa111099

This project uses unmercerized 8/2 cotton and will make 3 tea towels (16″ x 25″) and a 16″
square cloth. The design produces a twill sampler. Each color block is threaded to a variation
of twill drafts, separated by a contrasting border.

Twill Towel


Warp Yarn: 8/2 cotton – 3360 ypp


  • Dark Blue – 8 ends
  • Light Blue – 80 ends
  • Dark Blue – 4 ends
  • Medium Green – 82 ends
  • Dark Blue – 4 ends
  • Medium Blue – 80 ends
  • Dark Blue – 4 ends
  • Dark Green – 80 ends
  • Dark Blue – 8 ends

Total Warp Ends – 348

Warp Length: 4 yards

Total Warp: 4 yds x 348 ends = 1392 yards
Sett: 18 epi

Width in Reed: 19.25″

Finished Width: 16″

Woven Length (per towel) 29″ + 2″ tabby border

If woven in a 50/50 balanced weave, the Weft usually requires a similar quantity of yarn
(slightly less, as there is no loom waste) When I wove these towels, I used different color
combinations for each towel.

  • Light Blue, Medium Green, Medium Blue, Medium Green( 8/2 Unmercerized Cotton)
  • Light Yellow, Dark Blue, Medium Yellow (22/2 Cottolin – Borgs Bomullin)
  • Medium Blue, Dark Blue (8/2 Unmercerized Cotton)
  • Light Blue, Medium Blue (8/2 Cotton)

Weaving Draft

twill towel draft

The draft shows 4 different treadlings. Many other treadling combinations are possible. Try
these out, as well as experimenting with your own, to create your own unique towels for your

Each towel was woven to a length of 29″ with a 2 inch border of tabby treadling to allow
for the hem allowance.


After cutting the warp from the loom, I sewed the cut ends with a zigzag stitch, to prevent
fraying while the project was washed. I then put the warp into the washing machine and washed
and dryed it through a normal wash cycle. After drying, I steam iron the complete warp length.

Because handwoven fabrics have a tendency to fray, I zigzag all edges before I do cutting.
After sewing 2 rows of zigzag stitch in the centre of the 2″ woven tabby (between 2 towels) I
then cut between the 2 rows of stitching. The hem is then turned under and sewn with a
straight seam. And again, turned under and sewn with another straight seam to finish the hem

Weaving Books

DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows and More!
On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory

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Mawata Silk: aa073097

Using the mawata silk that I spun and dyed (described in a previous article), I thought that it would be perfect for making silk wallets. The colours were so stunning in this silk, that I wanted the colour changes to swim throughout the weave structure. I chose an undulating twill pattern, adapting it from Carol Strickler’s book, A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns. p. 52

A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven

This project made enough fabric for 6 silk wallets.


For the warp, I chose 8/2 cotton in bright colours of cyan, bright pink and yellow. I sleyed the reed in stripes of these colours.

Width in Reed: 10 inches
Number of Ends: 160
Sett: 16 e.p.i.
Length: 3 yards
Loom waste: 24 inches


For the weft, I used the mawata silk, spun as a singles. Its nubby texture gave the finished product an interesting feel. I wove the silk weft for 10 inches and then using 2/8 cotton, wove a band of 4 inches in length.


I cut the pieces in the middle of each cotton band. Folding the piece of fabric in the centre, I matched up the cotton bands. I sewed in a zipper between the two ends of the cotton bands. Then I sewed up the side edges of the silk, forming the silk wallet.

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