When Judith Shangold told me she wanted to weave a shawl using the hatching technique, I was intrigued—and a little worried. Hatching is a traditional tapestry technique, and when I think tapestry, I don’t think of fine shawls with great drape. Oh, how wrong I was! Her Sunset Shawl, from Handwoven Loom Theory: Rigid-Heddle Scarf Collection, is spectacular. The hatching gives Judith’s shawl an elegant, painterly effect, and the Serena yarn in the warp and weft is fine enough to create fabric that drapes and flows. Here’s what Judith had to say about her design.
Designer Judith Shangold’s Statement
Hatching, hachure in French, is a tapestry technique. When utilized in a balanced weave, this simple technique creates a painterly effect. You can be very freeform with it or create a structured pattern. For this shawl, I designed two bands and alternated them, separating the bands with a few inches of a solid color. Follow the directions to re-create what I have done or design your own “painting.”
Project at a Glance
PROJECT TYPE: Rigid-heddle.
STRUCTURE: Plain weave with hatching.
EQUIPMENT: Rigid-heddle loom, 20″ weaving width; 12- or 12.5-dent heddle; 2 shuttles and 4 bobbins or 4 stick shuttles.
YARNS: Serena (60% baby alpaca/40% pima cotton; 170 yd/50 g; 1,552 yd/lb; Manos del Uruguay; Fairmount Fibers).
FINISHED SIZE (after washing): 16 ½” x 68″ with 6″ fringe.
Featured Image: Judith Shangold’s Sunset Shawl. Caleb Young (Good Folk Photography)