Fluffy Wall Piece by Jenny Clark

Fluffy Wall Piece by Jenny Clark

It’s time to master the double soumak and woven backstitch techniques with this woven wall weave, which fits perfectly in a sweet girl's room. We got Jenny Clark of Sonora Handmade to show us the ropes to adding these 2 new weaving techniques to our repertoire in KOEL Magazine Issue 3. So grab a copy and start weaving away!

Pattern By
Jenny Clark of Sonora Handmade

Yarns
1 tube Maysville 8/4 cotton carpet warp (100% cotton in peach)
4oz[113.4g] Ashland Bay wool roving (100% merino in vanilla) 
2 yards[6ft] chunky merino wool yarn in cream
4 yards[12ft] cotton worsted weight yarn in tan
2 yards[6ft] chunky wool yarn in peach
2 yards[6ft] cotton yarn in peach

Tools & Materials
Sonora Handmade loom (medium)
Scissors
Weaving needle
Tapestry needle
Acrylic rod or branch

Stitches used 
Tabby weave
Woven backstitch
Double soumak braid
Rya knots

You can learn the techniques for woven backstitch and double soumak braid in KOEL Magazine Issue 3

Instructions
Begin
Double warp the loom using the peach warp thread. You should have 38 warp threads in total when finished. 

Continue 
1.
 After you have warped your loom, tabby weave (with your weaving needles) 4 rows using merino wool yarn in cream. Note: start weaving from the top. 

2. Starting from the left side of the loom, stitch 1 row of double soumak braid using approximately 1oz[28.3g] of the Ashland Bay wool roving. 

3. Tabby weave (with your weaving needle) 1 row using merino wool yarn in cream. Continue tabby weave 24 rows by decreasing 1 warp thread with each additional row to create a "triangle" shape. 

4. Tabby weave to fill in the spaces to the left and right of your triangle with a thinner piece of the Ashland Bay wool roving. While filling in the spaces, pull extra roving up between the warp threads in order to create a fluffy, cloud-like look. Complete both sides until you are on the same row as the merino wool yarn in cream.

5. Starting from the left side of the loom, stitch 5 rows of double soumak braid using cotton yarn in peach. Skip over the merino wool yarn in cream and stitch 5 more rows of double soumak braid on the right side. Complete this "5 rows-skip-5 rows" pattern twice. When done, return and wrap the remaining cotton yarn in peach around the yarn threads that fall above the merino wool triangle.

6. Stitch 2 rows of woven backstitch using merino wool yarn in cream. 

7. Measure and cut 70 equal pieces of cotton worsted weight yarn in tan, each 7"[17.8cm] long. Tie 5 rya knots using 7 pieces of yarn for each rya knot. Complete another 5 rya knots from the right side of the loom. Trim the rya knots to assorted lengths at the completion of your weave.

8. Measure and cut 28 equal pieces of cotton yarn in peach, each 20"[50.8cm] long. Using 7 pieces of yarn for each rya knot, tie 2 rya knots on the left and 2 rya knots on the right directly next to the rya knots in tan on each side.

9. Measure and cut 10 equal pieces of chunky wool yarn in peach, each 24"[61cm] long. Tie 5 rya knots using 2 pieces of yarn for each rya knot. Trim rya knots to length at the completion of your weave.

10: Tabby weave 14 rows under the rya knots using merino wool yarn in cream. 

11. Measure and cut 19 equal pieces of Ashland Bay wool roving, each 20"[50.8cm] long. Tie 19 rya knots using 1 piece of yarn for each rya knot. Trim rya knots to length at the completion of your weave.

12. Tabby weave 2 rows under the rya knots using merino wool yarn in cream. 

End
Cut and tie the warp together in groups of two across the bottom and top of the weave. Tuck the ends into the back of your weave. Using the merino wool yarn in cream, secure the weave to a rod or branch of your choice (a clear acrylic rod is shown in this picture).