All this year we seem to have been talking about trying to use less plastic in our homes and for our everyday needs. With this thought in mind I decided to weave my friends a useful and ecological present made from natural fibres. I chose from my stash a natural jute yarn for the warp and a thick cotton yarn for the weft.
This idea and many others came from this very versatile book on making the most of your rigid heddle loom.
I used my little, 12″ (30cm) rigid heddle loom with a 10dpi (40/10cm) reed, threading up the centre part of the heddle with the jute yarn in every hole and slot. I then wove 14 picks of the thick cotton before beginning the loops which are created by lifting the cotton thread over a knitting needle with the help of a crochet hook.
The first six threads of the warp are kept as plain weave (as are the last six) to make a selvedge around the loops. After each row of loops I wove three rows of plain weave to anchor down the loops. Repeat the 14 rows of plain weave to complete your square. Remember to wash your finished length of weaving (before cutting it up into individual squares) in hot, soapy water to allow the fibres to come together and to make the thick cotton yarn fluffy!
If you would like to make clothing from your handwoven fabrics made on your rigid heddle loom you might enjoy our book GET WEAVING which will guide you through the process of choosing yarns, looms, weaves and basic construction. Sarah also has a good range of sewing patterns especially designed for narrow widths of handwoven fabric. They can all be found on her etsy shop. etsy.com/uk/shop/GetWeaving
We wish you a very Happy New Year and HAPPY WEAVING