Color and Weave in the Glamp Shawl Kit

I spent the first few years of my weaving career wondering why books about color-and-weave were printed in black and white. I’m embarrassed to admit that I thought it was because the books were old and were printed before color photographs! It wasn’t until I actually read one of them that I realized that color-and-weave is a weaving technique and isn’t really about color at all. Color-and-weave is the technique of combining two colors in the warp with the same two colors in the weft. The resulting patterns look complex but are not difficult to weave. The Glamp Shawl by Deb Essen from Easy Weaving with Little Looms 2018, now available as a kit, combines a brilliant blue with black in warp and weft to create a gamp of color-and-weave patterns.

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The Glamp Shawl can take you from jeans to dress up. Photo credit: George Boe

At least a couple of color-and-weave patterns have well-known names; log cabin and houndstooth come to mind, both of which can be woven on a rigid-heddle loom. In the Glamp Shawl, there are 14 variations of color-and-weave patterns (including houndstooth) that might not all have names but are all equally beautiful.

Deb finished her shawl with a little touch of bling, using silver-colored beads on an alternating knotted fringe. The fringe and beads add just enough bling to be fun but not so much that you couldn’t still pair the shawl with your favorite pair of jeans.

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A beaded fringe with just the right amount of bling. Photo credit: George Boe

The kit includes all of the yarn you need to weave the shawl and the silver-colored beads for the fringe. It also includes a digital and print copy of Easy Weaving with Little Looms 2018, one to keep and one to give to a weaving friend.

Learning by doing is always better than learning by reading. With the Glamp Shawl Kit, you can learn about color-and-weave as you are warping and weaving rather than only reading about it. You can file away what you learn for a future project, all the while creating a beautiful shawl that will carry you from casual day wear to evening.

Weave well,

Featured Image: Color-and-weave creates tromp l’oeil patterns using two colors of warp and weft. Photo credit: George Boe

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