Weaving Techniques

by Christine Jablonski

There are many types of weaving techniques that can be used to create different fabrics on multi-shaft and rigid heddle looms. Below are descriptions and photos of some of the most popular techniques, as well as links to download the pattern and purchase a yarn kit. Explore all of our patterns here

Color and Weave Towels

Color-and-Weave: A technique of creating a visual pattern by alternating colors in both the warp and weft, shown in these Color-And-Weave towels by Jenny Sennott. Often referred to as shadow weave. Download this pattern.

Tabby Weave Handwoven Towels

Tabby (aka Plain Weave):  The most basic weaving structure where warp and weft threads pass over and under each other evenly. Shown here in the Citrus Towels by Emma Rhodes. Download the pattern.  

Handwoven Linen Towel Pattern

Twill: A basic weave structure that creates a diagonal line. Shown here in the Coastal Linen Towels by Christine Jablonski. Download the pattern

Overshot Handwoven Towel Pattern

Overshot: a weaving technique of intentionally skipping warp or weft threads to create floats that create a pattern. Overshot is traditionally secured with alternating tabby picks between overshot picks to stabilize the fabric. Shown here in the Tidal Towels by Amanda Rataj. Download the pattern.

Rya Pillow Handwoven Pattern

Pile (Loop/Rya): a design technique of leaving long loops (cut or not) of weft thread protruding from the woven fabric, which is generally a tabby weave. Shown here in the Gosling Pillow by Arianna Funk. Download the pattern.

Skip Dent: The technique of leaving empty spaces in the reed to intentionally create gaps in the weaving in order to create texture or visual interest.  Shown here in the Skip Dent Scarf by Sarah Resnick. Download the pattern.

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Fringe Finishing Techniques
Fringe Finishing Techniques

by Amanda Rataj

This article covers two basic finishing techniques: hand twisted and braided fringe. A fringe is more than a decorative element—it also secures your weaving. These simple and beginner-friendly techniques can be used on a variety of projects, such as scarves, rugs, and towels.
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by Susie Martinez

New weavers can often be intimidated by all of the new terminology. From treadles to heddles, there’s so much to learn. Fear not, dear weaver! This glossary of terms will tell you everything you need to know.
How to Hem Handwoven Fabric
How to Hem Handwoven Fabric

by Amanda Rataj

How to hem handwoven projects by hand or machine.