Rigid Heddle Weaving
We are pleased to
welcome Cirilia Rose to our Berroco design team. Many of
you may know Cirilia from the Internet. She's a member
of the new generation of knitters, and an active member
of the e-knitting community. A published designer and fiber
connoisseur, Cirilia helps us with every facet of our design
process. Hers is
a fresh new voice that seems to harmonize with ours. Cirilia
is also very interested in weaving with our knitting yarns
and therefore I have asked her to introduce our guest designer
Jane Patrick and talk a bit about this easy woven scarf that's
our free pattern in this week's KnitBits. Read more about Cirilia on our Blog. — Margery
Rigid heddle weaving is a natural auxiliary
hobby for fiber-obsessed crafters and a cure for knitter's and
crocheter's burnout. The linear nature of woven fabric allows
you to re-cast favorite yarns in totally unexpected ways. I especially
love planning projects with patterned, printed and variegated
yarns, such as Pure®Merino Nuance, which contains a tonal gradation from
light to dark. While I can pretty accurately predict what a yarn
like this might do in a knitted shape, it behaves completely
differently when woven.
This week Jane Patrick, Creative Director at Schacht Spindle
Company, Inc., has designed a pair of scarves, Autumn
Hues, in rich autumnal shades of Pure®Merino
Nuance, Trilogy™, Geode™ and Ultra®Alpaca.
Jane is a former editor of Handwoven magazine, a teacher and
designer. You can view more of her work at her blog www.schachtspindle.com/blog/violetrose.html
or in her book Time to Weave, Interweave Press.
I own a 25" Schacht Flip loom which is what Jane used for the
Autumn Hues Scarves. It is wonderful for weaving extra wide scarves.
I'm really looking forward to the debut of the 11" Schacht Cricket
loom, which will be the perfect size for whipping out gift scarves
as the holiday season approaches. The dirty little secret with
rigid heddle weaving is that after the initial warping process
(simplified on the Flip, which utilizes a direct warping method)
projects work up very quickly. This is perfect for last minute
gifts—recipients are often very impressed, but totally unaware
of the hours you've saved!
If you would like to learn more about rigid heddle weaving,
see Jane's recommended reading list at the end of her tutorial
on Autumn Hues,
or contact/visit the Spinning and Weaving Association at www.spinweave.org for more information on weaving and links to resources near you.
Skill level: Easy
"PICASSO" is the answer
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vol.3. Art House
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