Figuring Out How to Finish

It feels like I haven’t written something on my rigid-heddle weaving exploits in forever. I’ve gotten to experience the joys of winter with some pipes freezing and bursting, my apartment completely flooding, and getting to live out of boxes for a while. Fun! Unfortunately that meant my little Cricket loom and all my lovely yarn got stored away for a while, and I was unable to weave.

But no more!

  Woven to Wear
  Threading the warp threads back
into the fabric leaves you with
a smooth edge.

To celebrate my newly unearthed loom, I decided to weave a log cabin cowl. I chose log cabin design because it’s a pretty weave structure and it was next on my journey through The Weaver’s Idea Book. I also had some attractive brown and tan yarn just begging to be used. There are some metallic threads spun throughout the yarns so the fabric has a nice sparkle. I highly recommend weaving with yarns that have metallics within. They create a nice shimmer without being overbearing.

However, there are two things that must take place to finish my cowl. First, I must finish the cloth in such a way that there is no fringe since I would like to have the look of an infinity scarf, and second, I have to sew the ends of the fabric together. Both of these things I have never done.

So, I finished my log cabin fabric that will become my cowl and it is waiting to be finished. I’ve picked up some great tips from Woven to Wear on finishing. There are several projects in the book that require the same kind of finishing that I’m wanting to do. First, I’ve looked at how to weave in the remaining warp threads of a piece with just a simple tapestry needle. I could also do a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to secure the fabric (but every attempt I’ve had on my sewing machine with normal fabric hasn’t ended well so I’m not sure I want to subject my handwoven fabric to that). As for sewing the piece together, there are all sorts of suggestions on creating a seam (including using that sewing machine again) and clear, simple directions on how to use a variety of handsewn stitches.

Now I just have to decide which approach to take. Maybe I won’t take any of these and I will come up with my own unique way to make a cowl. I could break down and add a crocheted edging and buttons to the end so that I don’t have to worry about sewing at all. The possibilities are numerous. What do you suggest I do?


Whitney Dorband

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