A few years ago on a wonderful holiday to Corfu, Greece I purchased a beautiful sample of a Greek Flokati rug. It had been woven by my friend, Agathi the weaver, in Kassiopi, Corfu. She very kindly explained to me how these wonderful rugs are woven. The shaggy weft wool pile was made of handspun wool from local sheep. Her sister had done the handspinning and Agathi woven this fluffy rug that now sits on my rocking chair.
I recently purchased a rigid heddle loom to add my loom collection (one loom just isn’t enough). I have always woven on floor looms so to return to weaving on a small table loom is a bit of a learning curve. Although the rigid heddle is a simple design, it can produce some wonderful and creative fabrics. Over the coming weeks, I will be posting some weaving projects and patterns as I weave on this loom.
This pattern is woven in tabby but use different types of yarns giving an interesting effect. The placemats and table runner are woven using 22/2 cottolin for warp. This is woven in a thick/thin rep weave, using paper yarn and hemp single ply tow yarn as the weft. You can substitute the hemp with a single ply linen yarn, a cotton yarn or the same type of cottolin that you used in the warp.
This pattern will make 4 placemats and 1 table runner.
One of the basic weaving drafts is the twill draft. In a twill weave, one or two consecutive warp threads are raised and two are lowered. On the following pick the next 2 warp threads are raised and two are lowered, creating a diagonal slant to the fabric.
Amigurumi figures are quite easy and fun to make, even for a beginner crocheter. You only need to know 3 crochet stitches, CH – chain stitch, SL St – Slip Stitch and SC – single crochet.
This crochet pattern uses US crochet notation.
For UK: SC (single crochet) = DC (double crochet)
How to increase stitches:
Crochet 2 stitches in the same stitch
How to decrease stitches:
Skip a stitch and crochet in the next stitch
Hemp Crochet Bowl
Crochet bowls are a fun project for a beginner and use up odd bits of yarn.
I crocheted this bowl using one of the crochet bowl patterns below.
I used a hemp yarn and size 3.5 crochet hook.
I have recently discovered double ended crochet hooks by Knit Pro Symfonie which I love. They are made from birch wood and come in lovely colors. Since I mostly tend to work with thicker yarns and handspun wools, the set of 5 hooks ranging in 10 sizes from 3.0 mm – 8 mm gives me the variety of sizes that I need.
A free knitting pattern for a lace knitted edging.
This sample was knit using 3 ply hemp in bleached white.
This edging is worked crosswise.
Cast on 9 sts.
Knit 9 sts.
Sl1, K2, (K2 tog, yo)twice, K1, yo, K1
Knit across (10 sts)
Sl1, K1, (K2 tog, yo) twice, K3, yo, K1
Knit across (11 sts)
Here are some free patterns for knitting fingerless mittens
Kids Fingerless Mittens
Knit these up in an evening using variegated yarns.
Fingerless mittens knit in worsted weight yarn.
Learn How to Knit Fingerless Mittens
These mittens are reversible – knit in reverse stocking stitch and twisted moss stitch.