Easy Weaving with Little Looms Spring 2024

Project Type Toys/Stuffies, Home, Bags, Accessories, Bands, Scarves/Shawls, Rugs, Towels, Table Linens/Kitchen
Categories Rigid-Heddle, Pin Loom, Inkle
Techniques Plain Weave, Lace, Clasped Weft or Warp, Hand-Manipulated Techniques, Pick-Up, Twill, Color-and-Weave, Double Heddle
Heddle Width 12
Pin Loom Shape Square
Author Little Looms Editors
Format Magazine

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Squares and rectangles make up many popular and timeless patterns in weaving; plaids, gingham, log cabin, and so many others are beloved by weavers worldwide. Not only are they simple to weave on any loom, but they are also endlessly versatile. So, for this issue of Easy Weaving with Little Looms, we’re exploring many ways weavers can highlight and celebrate the right angle in weaving.

Some patterns draw from classic designs, including a chic plaid scarf, a pin-loom woven argyle purse, and patterned gamp towels inspired by spring blooms. Other weavers chose to explore the theme through different means, including a krokbragd runner in modern colors, a crammed-and-spaced scarf perfect for spring, and a Celtic knot inspired pin-loom blanket. This issue also features a special section of handwoven game boards, including an inkle-woven chessboard fit for a king.

Our articles also stay on theme with a feature on the history of Scottish tartan, another on how to beat squarely and evenly on rigid-heddle and inkle looms, and a deep dive into the different methods of weaving plaids on pin looms. Claudia Chase and Elena Kawachi continue their series on tapestry weaving, this time focusing on meet-and-separate and split-weft weaving—and include a small project perfect for practicing what you’ve learned. There’s so much to learn and weave in this issue of Easy Weaving with Little Looms that proves it’s hip to be square.

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