Add Something Extra with Inkle Weaving

  Fox Apron
  Rebecca Fox's apron with matching trim
  Foulkes Tab
  Susan J. Foulke's sweet hanging tab

I’ve noticed a trend recently. More and more contributors to Handwoven are picking up their inkle looms and submitting projects that not only use the bands as very professional looking trim, but are sometimes even created entirely from the bands. From Rebecca Fox’s lovely inkle trim for her apron in the September/October 2014 issue to Judith Yamamoto’s very clever inkle woven ornaments and Susan J. Foulkes’ sweet hanging tabs that coordinate with her Baltic Heart towels in the November/December 2014 issue, bands are showing up everywhere.


One of the many things I love about weaving is having near-complete control over the finished product. I can choose the colors for some towels to perfectly match my kitchen décor or coordinate a wool scarf with my husband’s winter jackets. I don’t have to worry about whether what I want is in style right now, or search store after store until I find just the right thing; instead I buy the yarn in the colors and textures I want and I make it myself.


Inkle looms take a project this to the next level. While I’m sure Rebecca or Susan could have used store-bought ribbons for trim or hanging tabs, they chose instead to make ones that perfectly coordinated their project; Susan even created an inkle design that matched that found on her towels. The result is absolutely stunning and completely professional looking.


I’m sure I’m not the only person to have searched in vain for the perfect bit of trim only to find that everything in the stores is either cheap looking or not even remotely the right color. The inkle loom lets me take control and create my own.


Of course, I’m not limited to trims and accessories. As Judith’s project shows, you can turn bands into beautiful standalone projects as well. In fact, not to give too much away, but in the January/February 2015 issue we’ve got some amazing bags made entirely of inkle-loom bands. They’re beautiful, sturdy, and (of course) terribly clever.


If you want to try your hand at inkle weaving but don’t know where to get started, make sure you check out our fantastic inkle loom kit. This great kit contains almost everything you need to get started weaving up some fabulous bands, all you need to do is add yarn! 

 

Christina Garton

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