Weaving by Hand: 5 Free Handweaving Projects You Have to Try
When I visit with weavers from around the world, one thing that strikes me again and again is that the weaver is so much more than his or her loom. Handweavers in remote areas, working with the simplest of looms and tools, create stunning, intricate designs that would be a challenge to reproduce with sophisticated looms and many shafts. While my back doesn’t hold up to hours on end of backstrap weaving, nothing makes me happier than the freedom of getting my fingers into the warp and creating handwoven designs on the fly. Don’t get me wrong, I love my shafts, but fingers are smarter than shafts will ever be. No mechanized loom will create a rya rug, inlaid designs, or hand-manipulated lace like I can, which is why we’re giving you free handweaving projects!
To help you explore the joy of fingers in the warp, we’ve put together a free eBook on handweaving, Free Weaving Patterns: Explore Techniques for Inlay, Plain Weave, and Huck Lace, with “handy” projects that can be done on any loom.
Sneak-Peek at the Handweaving Projects Inside:
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!
Simple Textures and Patterns 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.
These free handweaving patterns—great for all kinds of weavers—will help you expand your weaving horizons, as well, with new techniques and projects that you can take on the road.