Category Archives: KNITTING

Patterns and projects for the handknitter.

Weaving Project – Linen Table Runners: aa082797

I like to use linen in my weaving. I like its crispness and precision. It can be a challenging fiber to work with. It is not forgiving as wool is. All your mistakes show up. However, a well woven project is something to be proud of.

For this project, I used a 2 ply bleached tow linen. I found it a bit tricky to work with as the loose bits of tow were sticky while I was winding the warp onto the loom. Once wound on, it behaved quite well. I kept a spray bottle of water handy, giving the warp a few sprays as I advanced the warp.

This project made 8 table runners, each 28 inches long with a 4 inch allowance between each runner for fringe.

linen draft

Warp:

2 ply bleached tow linen (4400 ypp)
Length: 8 yards
Sett:: 24 e.p.i.
Width in Reed: 15 inches
No. Ends: 360

woven linen

Weft:

The weaving draft is a braided twill. The threading produces diagonal lines that weave in and out on each other.

By using the same yarn in the weft, the interlacing effect was very subtle. A darker tow linen gave a more noticeable braided appearance.

Linen Yarns

Weaving Pattern books

Linen from flax seed to woven cloth
Learn about flax cultivation, processing and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth.
UK: Linen from flax seed..

How to weave linens
UK: How to Weave Linens

Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving
Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns.
UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past

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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.

Warp:

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

Weft:

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.

Finishing:

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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