Category Archives: Patterns

Links to free patterns for weaving, feltmaking, crochet, knitting, cross stitch and other fiber arts.

Navajo Rugs

Navajo Symbols
What do Native American symbols mean? Clouds, stars, arrows, bears, eagles, snakes.

Navajo Rug Weaving Styles
A guide to traditional, regional and non-regional Navajo Rug Styles.

Navajo Weaving
The Museum of Natural History in Boulder Colorado features an exhibit of Navajo textiles.

 Navajo design

The Horse Song
The Horse Song tapestry by Roy Kady. 

Navajo Beading Pattern
A free beadwork pattern for making a beaded medicine bag.

Crochet Navajo Patterns
Navajo afghan patterns to crochet.

Navajo Sunrise
A free quilting pattern for a bargello style quilt.

Handwoven Navajo Rugs

Navajo and Hopi Clip Art Images
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Navajo Weaving Patterns

Weaving a Navajo Blanket

Navajo Weaving Way
Navajo Weaving Way, the path from fleece to rug.

Weaving The Navajo Way, How To Create Rugs, Miniatures and More!
This book provides step-by-step instructions to weave full-size and miniature Navajo style rugs as well as detailed instructions for using the C. Cactus Flower Miniature Loom.
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Handwoven Sewing Patterns: patternssewn

Free sewing patterns and projects using hand woven fabrics.
Clothing Patterns from the Weaving Room
A book review of Clothing Patterns from the Weaving Room. This book contains lots of excellent patterns and design ideas for sewing fashions with your handwoven fabrics.

Kimono Patterns
Kimonos are sewn from straight pieces of fabric, making them an ideal project for your handwoven cloth.

crackle kimono

Sewing Tips for Handwoven Fabrics
Handy tips, techniques and advice for sewing with handwoven fabrics.

Clothkits Sewing Kits and Patterns
The Weaver Sews
Daryl Lancaster shows how to turn cherished handwoven fabric into wonderful and well-fitting garments.

Sewing Books: Sewing Handwoven

Sew something special: Sewing with handwoven fabrics
UK: Sew Something Special

Handwoven Tailormade: A Tandem Guide to Fabric Designing, Weaving, Sewing and Tailoring
How to use handwoven fabrics to make tailor-made garments.
UK: Handwoven Tailormade

Clothing from the Hands That Weave
Hints and instructions for creating new clothes out of age-old designs
UK: Clothing from Hands that Weave

Fabric Savvy: The Essential Guide for Every Sewer
UK: Fabric Savvy

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Patterns

Baby Blankets
Weaving patterns and ideas for handwoven baby blankets.

Beadloom Patterns
Beadloom patterns & projects. Because beadloom patterns are based on a grid, they can be easily adapted for use in tapestries, inlays or woven transparencies.

Blankets & Pillows
Links to baby blankets, throws and other blanket patterns and pillow accessories.

Bobbin Lace
Patterns and projects for lacemaking enthusiasts.

Clothing
Weaving patterns for fabrics, jackets, clothing, scarves and accessories.

Drafts
A collection of weaving drafts and drawdowns.

Kimono Patterns
Kimonos are sewn from straight pieces of fabric, making them a perfect project for your handwoven cloth.

Handspun Knitting & Crochet Patterns
A collection of knitting & crochet patterns that would be suitable for your unique handspun yarns.

Knitted Socks

Rugs
Weaving patterns for making rugs and floormats.

Sewing Projects with Handwoven
Some project ideas for sewing with your leftover warp and handwoven fabrics.

Swedish Weaving
Swedish Weaving patterns and projects.

Table Linens
Patterns for weaving placemats, runners, tablecloths.

Towels
Patterns for weaving Tea towels, bath towels, dishcloths and other towels.

Weaving Books: 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

Small Loom & Freeform Weaving
Kindle version
Included are 30 small weaving projects, some of which can easily be completed in an evening or weekend.
UK: Small Loom and Freeform Weaving

..more Weaving books..

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Weaving Draft – Crackle: aa072999

Crackle or Jämtlandsväv is similar to overshot and summer and winter weaves. Weft threads pass over 3 warp threads and are bound down by the 4th warp thread. On a 4 shaft loom, 4 pattern blocks are possible. The transition from one block to the next requires an incidental thread that is a repeat of the first thread of the block.
I designed this crackle weave fabric with a lightweight summer jacket in mind. I like the soft, natural colors that Foxfiber cotton yarns provide.

foxfibre kimono

Warp

10/2 Foxfiber cotton, 4200 ypp
colors: Buffalo – B100, B50, B25
Green – G100, G50, G25
Coyote – C100, C50, C25

Each crackle design block was threaded using alternate color blocks of green and brown with a random selection of the various shades of Foxfiber colors. This added an interesting depth of color to the pattern blocks.

Sett: 24 e.p.i
Loom Width: 38″, Finished width: 32″
No. Ends: 912
Warp Length: 4 yards

Weft

Pattern weft: 18/2 Foxfiber cotton, 7560 ypp, Green – G25
Tabby weft: 60/1 Bourette Silk

Using the fine silk yarn as the tabby shot, gave the fabric a very soft, luxurious handle.

Crackle Draft

Kimono Woven in Crackle

The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver (Second Revised Edition)

The Key to Weaving, Mary Black, p. 307 – 310

Weaving Drafts

Rosepath
Birds Eye
Dimity Cord
Huck Draft

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Sari Silk: aa012011

Knitting with sari silk yarn has recently become quite fashionable. As Sari shops are quite plentiful in London, I thought that I would try to make my own sari yarn and weave with it using it as a weft yarn.

Narrow strips of pre-woven cloth are recylced and used in many forms of weaving, such as rag rugs, Finnish poppana or Japanese Sakiori. In Poppana, the cloth is cut on the bias, so that the fuzzy bits of the cloth become part of the design of the cloth, creating a chenille effect. In Sakiori the cloth is cut into narrow strips and rewoven to make kimono fabric. I purchased a 6 meter length of sari cloth. Using a rotary cutter, I cut the cloth into 1 inch wide strips. I think in future I will make the strips slightly narrower, perhaps 3/4″, to create a finer weight of cloth. You can experiment with the width of the yarn to see what works best for your project.

sari yarn

sari yarn

I put a 6 yard warp onto my loom because I want to make a few different types of fabric using a variety of weft yarns. I am planning on using these fabrics to sew some purses or bags, each one slightly different. For warp, I used a 6 ply Finnish ‘Kalalanka’ yarn, cotton, 2100 ypp. You could subsitute this with another cotton yarn of a similar yardage.

Warp

  • Warp: 6 yards – 6 ply Kalalanka
  • Sett: 10 epi
  • Warp Width: 20 inches
  • # ends: 200
  • Weft: 12 ppi

Weft

In addition to the ‘sari yarn’ I also used a single ply hemp singles. I wove the fabric using 2 shuttles, throwing the sari yarn as twill, and alternating with a tabby shot of hemp singles.
sari weaving draft

recycled sari cloth

Recycled Sari cloth on the loom.
The variations in the original sari cloth give interesting effects when rewoven.

recycled sari

Recycled Sari cloth on loom

For the remaining warp I have used both a thick and a thin hemp yarn, varying the treadling. I used a 6 ply hemp for the twill shots and a hemp singles for the tabby shots.
hemp draft
Weaving Draft
Black Hemp Weft
Black Hemp Weft
Purple Hemp Weft
Purple Hemp Weft

Rag Weaving

T Shirt Rugs
Poppana
Sakiori

Sewing Bags

Here are a few patterns for sewing bags and purses, that can be used with your hand woven cloth.
Square Bottom Tote Bag Pattern
Placemat Purse Pattern
Clutch Purse Pattern Beaded Bag Knitting
Not woven – This is a knitted bag – which I included because I thought it was a cool technique.

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Double Width Weaving: aa041399

It is possible to weave a project twice the width of your loom by using a double weave technique. Half of the shafts of your loom weave the top layer of the warp and the other shafts weave the bottom layer, creating a folded edge on one side of the warp. I have used this technique to weave large queen size blankets.

double width weaving

When you are calculating the number of ends, remember that you are making a project that is double the width that is on your loom, so you will need to double the number of ends. For example, in this handspun blanket that I made, I used a sett of 5 e.p.i. The loom width was 54″. I needed 540 ends (54″ x 5) = 270 x 2 = 540. I threaded the loom at 10 e.p.i. as only half of the ends were used for each layer.

In this threading, the open side of the fabric is on the left, and the folded side is on the right. In double wide projects, there is quite a bit of draw-in on the folded side, so to compensate, I change the sett of the last inch of threads to 5 e.p.i.
You can weave a project twice the width of your loom by using a double weave technique. Half of the shafts of your loom weave the top layer of the warp and the other shafts weave the bottom layer, creating a folded edge on one side of the warp. I have used this technique to weave large queen size blankets.

double wide draft

Although I used the same color of yarn for both layers, in this draft I have denoted the bottom and top layers with light and dark colors.

To begin weaving, I throw the shuttle from the left, on the bottom layer, creating the open side of the cloth.
The shuttle is then thrown from the right, on the top layer, creating a fold.

The shuttle is thrown from the left, on the top layer, back to the fold

and then from the right, on the bottom layer, back to the open side of the fabric. The warp must be tightly and evenly wound onto the back beam to avoid any loose warp threads. Tension problems in the warp will cause skips in the bottom layer.

It takes a bit of skill and faith that it will work, as you are weaving the bottom layer unseen, but the technique isn’t that difficult, even for a beginner weaver. I find this double weave technique to be quite useful as it expands the capabilities of even a small loom, allowing you to make much larger projects.

Draft for 8 Shaft Double Wide Twill

8 shaft double wide draft

Weaving Drafts
Twill Tapestry
Summer Winter Draft
Log Cabin Draft
Finn Weave Draft

Handweaving Books

Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts

Double Weave: Theory and Practice

Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)

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Valentines Heart Weaving Draft: bldft0299

Adapted from ” A Weavers Book of 8 Shaft
Patterns” Carol Strickler. P. 151

Design by Marguerite Gingras and Yolande Boldue.

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More Valentine’s Day Crafts

St. Valentine’s Day Beadwork

St. Valentine’s Day Basketry

St. Valentine’s Day Weaving

St. Valentine’s Day Clipart

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Weaving – Transparency Ornament: aa122498

As part of our recent ornament exchange, I made these ornaments using hemp as warp and background weft. My original star design uses 4/4 Foxfiber Green cotton.

This was my first attempt at doing a transparency weaving. I used the end of a hemp warp that I had used for towels. I resleyed the warp at 10 epi, leaving a 1 inch space between each ornament. As I was doing several ornaments at one time across the width of the loom, I was unable to use the beater to beat each row in place. Instead, I used a tapestry beater to place the weft.I would recommend doing each ornament individually on a narrow warp, (i.e. 32 ends) as using the reed and beater would give a more consistent and even beat.

Warp: 3 ply Hemp

Background weft: 3 ply hemp

Design Weft: 4/4 Foxfiber Cotton – Green

Sett: 10 epi

No. Ends: 32
Threading – 1,2,3,4 twill

Treadling:

Tabby: 1,3 Hemp

Design: 2,3 Cotton, using small butterflies for each separate section of the design

Tabby: 2,4 Hemp

Design: 3,4 Cotton
Finishing: Hem stitch each end with the same hemp yarn as the weft.

Santa Suit
Knit Santa
Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Motifs
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Knitting
Christmas Felting

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