Designer Feature, Weaving

Little Looms / Water’s Edge Scarf by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Interweave recently published a special edition of their Handwoven, Easy Weaving with Little Looms. Designed to be an introduction to simple weaving projects that don’t require huge investments in equipment, the issue features designs to be worked on rigid-heddle, pin looms, and tapestry looms.

While I typically enjoy the incredible detail and complicated patterning made possible with multiple harness looms (you can see two examples of scarves I recently wove here and  including links to download the free drafts), I used plain weave and subtle textures created using varying yarns to create the Water’s Edge Scarf shown above.

The body of the scarf is woven with The Fibre Co. Canopy Fingering as the warp, and Acadia and Road to China Lace striped in the weft. Both the warp and weft are created using neutrals, and the end result is incredibly simple with a lot of subtle texture and lovely drape and hand. A simple chain stitch worked on-loom using Tundra, and embroidery in Road to China Lace after the fact create additional texture and color.  I stuck with neutrals for this design, but I could easily see it worked up in really funky brights to showcase the stripe pattern even more. 

The scarf is included in  “Weaver’s Hand” section, which includes more detailed rigid-heddle projects. This section is only available in the Basics & Beyond edition, which is available at yarn & weaving shops, craft stores, and the Interweave store here. – KGO

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