With this free eBook chock full of beautiful and unique weaving patterns, Weaving Today invites you to expand your repertoire of weaving techniques. From beginning to advanced, weavers of all skill levels will love the shaft loom and rigid heddle loom patterns and weaving tips contained in this amazing free eBook. In addition to the delightful free weaving patterns, you’ll find a useful guide for reading weaving drafts (patterns). The experts at WT have compiled helpful tips and advice to take the mystery out of interpreting the short-hand style of writing and complex charts often found in the different types of weaving drafts.
WT has gathered tips and advice from expert weavers on how to accomplish beautiful results with hand-manipulated patterns in plain weave.
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The Weaving Draft: How to Read Weaving Patterns
Patterns for weaving are written in a form called a "draft". Weaving drafts are standardized short-hand ways of explaining how to set up a loom to weave a particular pattern. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems more like a confusing barrier than an aid to communication. Most of the confusion comes from the many different ways in which weaving drafts have been written in weaving literature. No format is "right" or "wrong"; they are just a different way of conveying the same information. This free eBook walks you through the different types of weaving drafts and how to read them to achieve successful results when working on loom weaving patterns.
Summer Plaid Scarf
By Cei Lambert
Weaving plaids is always a fun and exciting surprise… you never know how the colors are going to look until you’ve finished weaving them together! This amazing summer plaid scarf weaving pattern is not only beautiful, it’s a great way to experiment with color. You’ll love the bright eye-catching greens and blues blended with a grayed-turquoise and accented gold stripe – colors that are certain to complement any summer wardrobe. So if you are looking for a quick and easy plaid fix, this woven scarf pattern is a rigid heddle loom pattern must-have!
on the Rigid-Heddle Loom
By Jane Patrick
Thinking texture instead of structure is a good way to approach pattern weaving on the rigid-heddle loom. Since there are no shafts to create the weave patterns, you must rely on other tricks! Of course, interesting yarns and colors woven in simple plain weave can be
wonderfully effective. But if texture is to be provided by something other than yarn, there are two possibilities: finger-manipulated techniques such as loops, rya knots, soumak, or simple wrapping—or pattern floats created with a pick-up stick. Learn the tricks of inlay weft patterning and weft pile with the free rigid-heddle loom patterns provided in this free eBook.
4-Shaft Huck Lace Towels
By Lynn Tedder
Fine linen produces beautiful cloth. In simple weave patterns, its characteristic crisp hand and simple gleaming elegance serve as a classic foundation for hand-manipulated border and edge treatments. The investment in time is well worth the heirloom-quality results! When you’re adding borders or end finishes to a design, it is important to consider how all the elements interact. If one is visually complex, the others should be plainer. A plain-weave towel can be enhanced by Spanish lace or Italian hemstitching, while very intricate weaving patterns may require simpler treatments.
Festive Dresser Scarf
By Betsy Blumenthal
The soft brick color of this cotton background makes a stunning contrast to the stripes of vibrant recycled sari silk. Using simple plain-weave, you can choose to place the accent yarn at whatever intervals you like to create pattern and texture.
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