Pattern by Vera Jonkers
For the warp use sock yarn approx. 300m[328yd] (alpaca, merino or cotton)
For the weft use sock yarn approx. 20g (for base color white)
4 x worsted/dk yarn in 4 different colors approx. 20g each
TOOLS & MATERIALS
Rigid heddle loom, min. width 70cm[27.5”]
Rigid heddle size 50/10 (12.5)
For sewing the cushion (optional):
2 pieces of pre-washed linen fabric 45cm[18”]x100cm[39”] and 45cm[18”]x 70cm[27.5”]
2 pieces of backing fabric 65cm[25.5”] x 45cm[18”]
Pillow filling 40cm[16”] x 60cm[24”]
Clasped weft weave
Warp the loom using the sock yarn. Warp the loom at a width of 70cm[27.5”] and at a length of 100cm[39”] (which takes into account the yarn lost at the beginning and the end).
After you have warped your loom, plain weave 8cm[3”] of foundation rows along the bottom using one of the colored dk/worsted yarn. Then take another color of the dk/worsted yarn and plain weave another 8cm[3”]. Always measure the woven rows when they are not under any tension. Start your first colored block by using the clasped weft weaving technique and continue by following the pattern all the way to the end. Your woven cloth should be 70cm[27.5”]x50cm[20”] to have enough woven fabric to sew a pillow of 40cm[16”]x60cm[24”].
Cut the cloth off the rigid heddle loom. To best preserve the fabric, it is best to hand wash it in cold water. Follow the instructions of the yarn. Now the woven fabric is ready to be sewn into a cushion. Of course, you can bring it to a seamstress, but it is very rewarding to do it yourself.
Download template here.