February 14, 2019 3 min read

Practice your softer skills and take some time out to work on this family project. Great quality time for both kids and adults!

Pattern by Katherine Entis, Soft Century Design

PREPARATIONS

YARNS
Newsprint – Shelter, Brooklyn Tweed (100% American Targhee-Columbia Wool)
Edison Bulb – Tosh Merino Light, Madeline Tosh, 100% Merino Wool
Infrared Sky - Tosh Merino Light, Madeline Tosh, 100% Merino Wool
Unnamed – White 2Ply, 825 YPP, 100% Wool

TOOLS & MATERIALS
Loom (floor loom with 2 harnesses or rigid heddle loom)
Scissors
Dowel Rod, 9.5cm[3.75”] or longer
Tapestry needle

SIZE
9.5cm[3.75”] x20.5cm[8”]

TECHNIQUES
Tabby
Inlay

INSTRUCTIONS

BEGIN
Warp 10cm[4”] of your loom with your White 2Ply, 825 YPP, 100% Wool. You should use 32 threads spaced at 8 EPI. Set loom up for tabby. Thread harnesses in a 1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2 sequence. You will be weaving tabby with inlay.

Create ten bundles of eight 10cm[4”] pieces of Edison Bulb yarn. Create ten bundles of eight 10cm[4”] pieces of Newsprint yarn. Create two bundles of eight 13cm[5”] pieces of Infrared Sky yarn.

CONTINUE
Step 1
Begin weaving tabby with the Newsprint yarn, leaving at least 9cm[3.5”] extra warp below your weaving. Tuck your loose end into your weaving on your second row of tabby. Weave 12 rows of tabby total.

Step 2
Weave 1 row of tabby and while your shed is still open, inlay 1 bundle of Infrared Sky yarn underneath your middle 12 raised warp threads. Center bundle, and leave extra yarns hanging freely at the sides.

Step 3
Weave 3 row of tabby with Newsprint yarn.

Step 4
Weave 1 row of tabby and while your shed is still open, inlay 1 bundle of Edison Bulb yarn underneath your middle 8 raised warp threads. Center bundle, and leave extra yarns hanging freely out at the sides.

Repeat Step 3.
Repeat Step 4.

Step 5
Weave 1 row of tabby and while your shed is still open, inlay 1 bundle of Newsprint yarn underneath the rightmost 4 raised warp threads. Leave about 13cm[5”] of the bundle hanging freely out towards the center of your piece and the rest hanging freely out at the right side. Do the same on the left side of your piece, with another bundle of Newsprint yarn.

Step 6
Weave 1 row of tabby and while your shed is still open, take the bundle of Newsprint yarn that is hanging out from the right side of your piece, and inlay it underneath the rightmost 4 raised warp threads. Pull bundle in snugly towards the left so that the edge where the bundle folds is flush with the rest of your weaving. Leave the extra length of the bundle hanging out freely towards the center of your piece. Do the same on the left side of your piece.

Step 7
Weave 2 rows of tabby with Newsprint yarn.

Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 3.
Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 5.
Repeat Step 6.
Repeat Step 7.
Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 3.
Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 5.
Repeat Step 6.
Repeat Step 7.
Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 3.
Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 5.
Repeat Step 6.
Repeat Step 7.
Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 3.
Repeat Step 4.
Repeat Step 3.
Repeat Step 2.

Step 8
Weave 12 rows of tabby with Newsprint yarn, tucking in your loose end on your last row of tabby.

Step 9
Cut your weaving off the loom, leaving yourself at least 13cm[5”] extra warp at the top, and the 9cm[3.5”] that you left yourself at the bottom.

END
Step 1
Starting at the bottom of your weaving, take two ends of warp and tie them in an overhand knot. Make sure the knot butts up snugly against your first row of tabby. Continue these knots all along the width of your piece.

Step 2
Do the same at the top of your weaving.

Step 3
Now that the top and bottom of your warp is secured, trim the bundles of Edison yarn, Infrared Sky yarn and Newsprint yarn that are hanging out freely from your weaving to a length of 1cm[3/8”]. Keep them slightly longer for a more exaggerated effect.

Step 4
Take the top of your weaving (the side with an extra length of 13cm[5”] of warp) and place your dowel against the top edge. Starting the middle, take one of your tied groups of 2 warp ends and thread them into a thick tapestry needle. Sew into the back of your weaving, looping the ends around the dowel as you go. Do the same for the next group of warp ends. Continue on from the center out, until you have tucked all your warp ends on the top.

Step 5
Pull warp ends in so that they are looped snugly around your dowel (but not so tight that you can’t slip it in and out without ease). Once all loops are even, tie a square knot on the back of your weaving with every 2 groups of warp ends.

Step 6
Your last step is to trim your fringe evenly. Give yourself 6.5cm[2.5”] of fringe at the bottom of your weaving and you are all finished!