6 WEAVING TECHNIQUES TO TRY
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 tapestry needle threaded with two arm’s lengths of yarn.
1 TABBY 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 3-inch 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 of 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 five rows of cream and three rows of blue. Repeat until you have five rows of cream.
2 DOUBLED YARN Make your weave thicker and heftier by doubling the yarn and going under one, then over two warp threads for each stitch. This section is two rows of green, seven rows of pink, two rows of green. In the center of the pink section, knot gold yarn on the back of your piece and sew four gold loops to create a flower shape. Criss-cross stitches of pink yarn at the center of each flower shape.
3 ROUNDED SHAPES Using terra cotta-color yarn, tabby weave desired number of stitches (we did 18 on the pillow above) then switch directions. Every time you switch directions, leave off a warp thread at each end to create a curved hill shape. Create three terra-cotta 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.
4 LOOPED TABBY 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 three rows of tabby above the loops. Create a second row of looped tabby if desired.
5 MESSY LOOPS Tabby weave multiple rows of thin yarns (ours are dark blue and evergreen), alternating colors and inserting sections of looped tabby for texture. Randomness—in sections of both colors and loops— gives this weave its levity.
6 FUZZY TASSELS Weave 28 tabby rows of pink yarn. Where desired, weave five-strand thicknesses of lighter pink in about 11∕2-inch-long sections, leaving 1-inch tails on either end as fuzzy tassels of each light pink section.