Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Textile Craft -

Ba­sic weav­ing is easy to do, and a lit­tle cre­ativ­ity can dress up the sim­plest weave. For any type, start with a warped loom and a yarn nee­dle threaded with two arm’s lengths of yarn.


The most ba­sic weave be­gins at the bot­tom of a loom, weav­ing un­der the first warp thread and over the sec­ond and con­tin­u­ing across the loom. At end of row, pull yarn through and leave a 7.5cm tail at the starting point. For sec­ond row, weave in op­po­site di­rec­tion above the first row, weav­ing over then un­der so the yarn wraps the warp threads op­po­site to the first row. Be care­ful not to pull the yarn too tight or leave it too loose. Ev­ery few rows, com­press the yarn for a tight, straight weave by push­ing rows down us­ing your fin­gers, a weav­ing fork or a wide-tooth comb. This sec­tion of the pil­low is 14 rows of blue, then 5 rows of cream and 3 rows of blue. Re­peat un­til you have 5 rows of cream.


Make your weave thicker and heftier by dou­bling the yarn and go­ing un­der 1, then over 2 warp threads for each stitch. This sec­tion is 2 rows of green, 7 rows of pink, 2 rows of green. Across the cen­tre of the pink sec­tion, knot gold yarn on the back of your piece and sew 4 gold loops to cre­ate a flower shape. Criss-cross stitches of pink yarn at the cen­tre of each flower shape.


Us­ing ter­ra­cotta colour yarn, tabby weave de­sired num­ber of stitches (do 18 on the pil­low as shown) then switch direc­tions. Ev­ery time you switch direc­tions, leave off a warp thread at each end to cre­ate a curved hill shape. Cre­ate 3 ter­ra­cotta hills across the piece. Us­ing a dif­fer­ent yarn, weave a sin­gle row of tabby along the top of your hills to out­line them. Us­ing blue yarn, fill in the lower swoop of the hills and then weave blue hills on top to cre­ate al­mond shapes. Out­line the shape as be­fore. Weave a light green yarn in the low swoops of the blue hills un­til a straight line forms along the top of each blue al­mond shape.


This vari­a­tion of­fers tex­tu­ral in­ter­est and is best when created with a thick, chunky yarn. Weave a row of tabby, then ev­ery time the weft crosses the warp, pinch the yarn with your fin­gers, pull up, and twist slightly to cre­ate loops above the weav­ing. Weave an­other 3 rows of tabby above the loops. Cre­ate a 2nd row of looped tabby if de­sired.


Tabby weave mul­ti­ple rows of thin yarns (dark blue and ev­er­green), al­ter­nat­ing colours and in­sert­ing sec­tions of looped tabby for tex­ture. Ran­dom­ness – in sec­tions of both colours and loops – gives this weave in­ter­est.


Weave 28 tabby rows of pink yarn. Where de­sired, weave five-strand thick­nesses of lighter pink in about 4cm long sec­tions, leav­ing 2.5cm tails on ei­ther end as fuzzy tas­sels.

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