Boutonné Pillow Cover Kit in Sky
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Delve into the rich history of Canadian coverlet weaving and give a modern twist to the craft of boutenné weaving with the Boutenné Pillow Cover Kit in Sky. By practicing this beautiful yet simple type of pile weaving with the exquisite yarns included, you can create a stunning pillow cover using a simple rigid-heddle or 2-harness loom.
Included in this Kit:
Boutenné Video Download + Handout
with Sara Bixler
In this 44-minute video, you'll learn about the simple weave structure, boutenné. This fancy pile weav can be woven on the most basic piece of equipment. For this tutorial, the project is woven on a rigid-heddle loom. boutenné means "to create knots" and you will learn how to use these charming loops to amle free floating images.
- Rigid-heddle loom
- 2 stitck shuttles
- Small sharp scissors
- Dowel rod
- Chart keeper (optional)
- Highlighter tape (optional)
Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 Yarn in "Blueberry"
from Halcyon Yarn
Blend of lace-weight Australian superfine merino wool and soft silk make a luxurious yarn that can be worn next to the skin. Besides its sensuous texture, the wool/silk blend makes it warm for winter and cool in summer.
- Unit: 1 lb cone
- Fiber content: 50% Wool, 50% Silk
- Yards/pound: 5040
- Knitting weight: Lace
- Yardage/unit: 5040 yards / 1 lb cone
- Wraps/inch: 30 (wpi)
- Weaving tabby sett: 18 to 20
- Weaving twill sett: 22 to 28
Venice Yarn in "Silver"
from Hand Painted Knitting Yarns (HPKY)
The Venice yarn is an I-cord or chainette yarn. The yarn is not spun, it is knitted using four stitches in the round on a machine. The knitting head uses the lurex to create the chain. When the needle comes up to grab the yarn to create a new stitch a bunch of the Fine Baby Alpaca Fibers are being knitted into the chain. The result is a very light weight fluffy yarn. The lurex is surrounded by the Alpaca Fibers and therefor it is non scratchy, perfect for cuddling scarves or shawls.
- Yarn Weight: Worsted Weight
- Yardage: 300 yards per 3.5 oz. Skein
- Fibers:50% Fine Baby Alpaca / 22% Nylon (binder) / 21% Polyester (Lurex) / 7% Fine Merino
- Gauge: 3 - 4 stitches per inch
- I'm just ordering a kit but have done this technique before. It's fun! As to the dowel, if you knit, your longest needles may be easier to use. It was my rod of choice - right diameter and smooth.
- A bit confusing
- If I were a novice weaver I would find the instructions confusing...firstly, the warp calculations...sett 24 epi, 14" wide which would be a total of 336 warp ends. But in the instructions it states 334 warp ends with no explanation as to what happened to the other two warp ends ( are they doubled in the first & last heddle?). Secondly, in the instructions, tools needed....1 dowel rod, 1/4" thick but in the video, Sara shows us the dowel rod she will be using & says it is 1/8" thick! As I said, confusing. However, she is very articulate when showing how the boutonne is created & so I gave this product a 4 star rating. (Posted on 9/7/2016)
- Fabulous little project
- I love Sarah Bixler's videos: she's articulate, focused, and adorable. This kit was a lot of fun to weave up. Take her advice on the smoothed and waxed dowel: do not take shortcuts! The kit comes w/ plenty of yarn to weave two complete panels of the design, plus plenty extra to sample with. I did this on my way-too-big floor loom, but once the heddles were threaded (yes: that was a nightmare. See Tom's video on Weaving with Novelty Yarns - very helpful here!), it went very quickly. My first panel was a little wobbly, but it will be the back of the pillow and is just fine. One last word of warning: the looped pile threads do not hold up to kitten claws, but are pretty easy to re-pull. (Posted on 9/5/2016)
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