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Handweaving patterns and projects

Table Linens Weaving Patterns: patternstable

A hand-picked selection of weaving patterns for making hand woven table linens, runners, placemats, napkins.

paper placemat

Checkered Placemats
Summer and winter draft with 16/2 cotton set at 30 epi, woven by Andree Royer.

Double Faced Placemat
An overshot placemat woven using Bralon yarns, by Francois Brassard.

Huck Lace Tablecloth
A 60″ hucklace tablecloth woven using 8/2 Orlon acrylic yarns, by Ghislaine Fiola.

Interweave Books
Best of Handwoven – Table Runners
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Honeycomb Technique
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Top Ten Table Runners on 8 Shafts
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Huckaback Lace
A 51″ 10 shaft huckaback lace tablecloth woven using 16/2 mecerized cotton sett at 30 epi, woven by Ghislaine Fiola.

Huckaback Tablecloth
A 4 shaft huckaback design using 8/2 Orlon acrylic sett at 18 epi, woven by Huguette Gilbert.

Nancy’s Placemats
These placemats create a country-stryle atmosphere to a dining room table, woven with cotton carpet warp and a variation on a log cabin draft.

Overshot Tablecloth
A 56″ wide overshot tablecloth, woven of 16/2 polyester warp, and 8/2 acrylic white yarns woven by Andree Royer.

Summer and Winter Valentine Placemat
Red and white reversible valentines, using Olron acrylic, woven by Jeanette Hamel Bellefeuille.

8 Shaft Hin und Wieder
Marjie Thompson of the Weavers Guild of Boston adapted this 19th century 16 shaft design to 8 shafts for the guild’s Winter 1996 Bulletin.

Porto Set
Plaid placemats and coasters woven with 16/2 mercerized cotton and cotton boucle yarns, by Monique Deshais.

Table Runner
Warp-faced table runner in black and white Orlon acrylic, woven by Agathe Desjardins.

Textured Plaid Party Napkins
Joyce Robards designed these party napkins woven in 20/2 cotton, using a textured plaid as a 3 colour repeat pattern.

Felted Placemat
Your kids will have fun making their own felt placemat. Here’s how.

Summer Winter Placemats
Summer and Winter placemats woven in 8/2 cotton

Hemp Rep Weave Placemats
Placemats woven with hemp and cotton chenille yarns.

Paper Yarn Placemats
Placemats and table runner handwoven with paper and hemp yarns.

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Weaving Patterns – Rugs: patternsrugs

Hand woven rugs for the floor, or used as a wall hanging, made with rags, with wool roving, linen, cotton, wool yarns.

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Yak and Karakul Rug
As part of her COE in Handspinning, Gwen Powell spun a thick yarn of yak and karakul and knotted a rug inspired by nautical knots.

Fleece Preparation
Ingrid provides instructions for preparing fleece to be woven into rugs.

Navajo Rug Weaver
This site explains the geometry of weaving Navajo rugs and includes online design software.

Rag Rug Instructions
Instructions for making rag rugs: 1885-1929.

Wagon Wheel Rugs
You can weave a circular rug using a bicycle tire or a hula hoop.

Wool Roving Rug
Warm up your toes on this easy-to-weave rug, made with wool roving as weft.

Paper Wall Hanging
Do you have left-over gift wrap? You can put it to creative use with this easy-to-weave wall hanging.

You Tube – Navajo Rug Weaving

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Weaving Clothing Patterns: patternsclothing

Patterns for handweaving clothing, scarves, shawls, kimonos, fabrics.

rainbow weave

Crackle
Crackle weave using Foxfibre cottons.

Dimity Cord Silk Scarves
A free project for weaving silk scarves in Dimity Cord. Also some clip art buttons, and graphics for your webpage and desktop to match.

Double Width Weaving
How to weave a project, twice the width of your loom.

White Shawl
Marina wove a beautiful shawl: smooth wool, fluffy mohair, unmercerized cotton plied with gold, and shiny boucle rayon plied with wool, all in natural white.

Huck Lace Scarf
4 Shaft Huck lace scarf using 24/2 acrylic and silver metallic boucle yarn sett at 15 epi. Woven by Denise Beland.

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

Loom-Shaped Clothing
Gloria Vaughn Hann describes her method of designing clothing on the loom.

Linen Knot Belt
Handspun linen yarn and beads knot into an interesting belt for your wardrobe.

Polwarth Sweater
As part of her COE in Handspinning, Gwen Powell designed this sweater woven of hand-dyed and handspun Polwarth wool and silk.

Rayon Scarf
This summer and winter design uses rayon chenille yarn sett at 10 epi. Woven by Francine Paquet Blais.

Scarf in Silk Satin
Laurel Araghi is “crazy over textiles. Her scarf in silk satin is threaded in a 2 block 8 thread satin weave that shows her extraordinary craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Silk Butterfly Jacket
Handspun silk rags can be spun and made into an adornment for a jacket.

Wool Scarf
An 8 shaft design using superwash wool sett at 20 epi Woven by Francine Brassard.

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Weaving Patterns – Blankets

Double Width Blankets
A weaving draft for making a double wide blanket.

Mirror Warp Throw
A mirror warp technique will give you a throw or blanket with matching sides.

Finnish Lace Block Throw
Lacey blocks woven with organic cotton.

Project Linus
Do you have any extra blanket? Why not donate one to Project Linus?

chenille throw

Fulled Cloth
How to full a blanket.

The Chilkat Blanket
Chilkat blankets and the Tlingit.

Interweave Books
Weaving with Wool
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Top Ten Blankets on 4 Shafts

Free Blanket Throw
A free pattern for weaving a brushed blanket throw.

Double Width Woollen Blanket
Eva Stossel describes how she wove a double wide wool blanket in plain weave.

Weaving Books: Projects

Handwoven Baby Blankets

Blanket Weaving in the Southwest

The Magic of Handweaving: The Basics and Beyond

The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials

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Free Weaving Drafts and Patterns

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Blankets
Hand weaving patterns for making blankets and throws.

Clothing
Patterns and instructions for sewing clothing using hand woven cloth.

Rugs
Patterns and how to information about making handwoven rugs and mats, rag rugs, wall hangings.

Table Linens
Free weaving patterns for making table linens, table cloths, runners, placemats, napkins.

Towels
Weaving patterns for making tea towels, bath towels, face cloths.

Weaving Drafts
A selection of weaving drafts: 4 shaft, 8 shaft looms and more.

Broken Twill
Broken twill and skip twill weaving drafts.

Cat’s Paw and Snail’s Trail Draft
A traditional overshot pattern of cat’s stepping over a snail’s trail.

Basket Weave Draft
Both 4 and 6 shaft versions of basket weave.

Corduroy Trees
Christmas tree ornaments using an easy corduroy draft.

Crackle
Crackle weave using Foxfibre cottons.

Finnish Lace Block Throw
A pattern for a throw woven in organic Foxfibre cotton.

Dimity
Dimity Cord weaving draft.

Name Drafting
How to design a name draft on 8 shafts.

Krokbragd
Norwegian Krokbragd weaving draft.

Young Lovers Knot Draft
A popular Colonial overshot draft treadled as drawn-in

Double Width Weaving
How to weave a project, twice the width of your loom.

Finnweave Technique
A weaving draft on Finnweave pickup.

Hemp, Huck and Leno Lace
A hammock woven with hemp yarn and huck lace design.

Huck Lace
Huckaback and Huck Lace drafts.

Mirror Warp Throw
How to weave a mirror warp.

Saami Belt
A traditional Saami belt design.

8 Shaft Stars
Here is an 8 shaft draft of a star motif.

Star of David
A few versions of drafts for weaving a Star of David design.

Summer and Winter
The 4 shaft version of summer/winter gives 2 blocks of colour. Treadling in pairs yields a
birds-eye background, while treadling as singles gives an effect similar to dukagang or
overshot.

Summer Winter Placemats

Swedish Lace
A weaving draft using Swedish Lace.

Twill Tapestry
Tapestry artist, Kaija Rautiainen developed this Twill Tapestry technique based on a Finnish
style of double cloth.

Whig Rose Draft
A Colonial overshot pattern woven rose fashion.

Advancing Twill
Sandra designed these stunning 8 shaft advancing twill scarves using 30/2 silk and ramie blend
yarns.

Huck and Basket Weave Draft
Marina likes to use an 8 shaft huck and basket weave draft to create a thermal type of baby
blanket.

Bubble Draft
Marina O’Connor shows how to make “shrinky dink” fabrics and other 3 dimensional effects.

Valentine Hearts
Valentine heart weaving draft.

Handweaving Drafts
An incredible archive of over 50,000 weaving drafts.

Eva’s Weaving Drafts
A nice collection of weaving drafts: shadow weave, Moorman technique Inlay, summer winter, huck lace, twills.

Japanese Weaving Patterns
This is a Japanese yarn company website with links to weaving patterns and drafts in pdf format.

Woolery Weaving Patterns
The Woolery has a selection of free weaving patterns for rigid heddle, 4 harness and inkle looms.

Interweave Books
Handwoven Home
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Weaving Books
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials

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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

Warp Yarn: 8/2 cotton – 3360 ypp

colors:

  • 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
kitchen.

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

Finishing

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
edge.

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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Weaving Drafts: drafts

Cat’s Paw and Snail’s Trail Draft
A traditional overshot pattern of cat’s stepping over a snail’s trail.

Corduroy Trees
Christmas tree ornaments using an easy corduroy draft.

Crackle
Crackle weave using Foxfibre cottons.

Basket Weave Draft
Both 4 and 6 shaft versions of basket weave.

Young Lovers Knot Draft
A popular Colonial overshot draft treadled as drawn-in.

Double Width Weaving
How to weave a project, twice the width of your loom.

Finnweave Technique
A weaving draft on Finnweave pickup.

Huck Lace
Huckaback and Huck Lace drafts.

8 Shaft Stars
Here is an 8 shaft draft of a star motif.

Summer and Winter
The 4 shaft version of summer/winter gives 2 blocks of colour. Treadling in pairs yields a birds-eye background, while treadling as singles gives an effect similar to dukagang or overshot.

Swedish Lace
A weaving draft using Swedish Lace.

Twill Tapestry
Tapestry artist, Kaija Rautiainen developed this Twill Tapestry technique based on a Finnish style of double cloth.

Whig Rose Draft
A Colonial overshot pattern woven rose fashion.

Advancing Twill
Sandra designed these stunning 8 shaft advancing twill scarves using 30/2 silk and ramie blend yarns.

Bubble Draft
Marina O’Connor shows how to make “shrinky dink” fabrics and other 3 dimensional effects.

Huck and Basket Weave Draft
Marina likes to use an 8 shaft huck and basket weave draft to create a thermal type of baby blanket.

Draft Analysis
Judie Etough discusses draft analysis and designing with curves.

Name Drafting
Weaving drafts can reveal secret coded messages.

Huck and Basket Weave Draft
Marina likes to use an 8 shaft huck and basket weave draft to create a thermal type of baby blanket.

Weaving Info

Weaving Books: Projects

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
Introduction to the tools, equipment, fibers, and yarns used with four-shaft looms, this reference features patterns for 600 different weaves, including twill, zigzag, diamond, herringbone, and block
UK: Handweavers Pattern Directory

The Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns
A thousand different patterns on more than 25 weave structures.
UK: 8 Shaft Patterns

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

Sample Napkin in a 10th Century Linen Weave
Carolyn Priest-Dorman wove this honeycomb weave sampler with handspun ramie.

Softweave: Loom Controlled Shibori
An interesting resist-dye technique using patterns made by drawing in threads as they are woven into the cloth.

Rennata’s Weaving Projects
A Norse diamond twill design.

Paul O’Connor: Projects
Paul O’Connor has cyber notebooks on various double weave structures that you can download.

WIF Weaving Information File
Maple Hill Software explains the development of .WIF file format to enable the sharing of files among different weaving programs and the human reader. Samples of some .WIF files are also included.

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