A wool accent rug woven with a basketweave texture on a rigid heddle loom. This project uses pick-up sticks and a heddle rod with string heddles to create weft floats with two contrasting colors of Mountain Meadow Wool yarn.
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Designed and woven byChristine Jablonski for GIST: Yarn & Fiber
Warp the loom with 8/8 Un-Mercerized Cotton using your preferred method (direct or indirect) with a total of 208 warp ends, 2 yards long. Center for a weaving width of 28" and sley 1 end per hole and slot in a 7.5 dent heddle on a rigid heddle loom.
Pick up the floats
Each of these 4-pick sequences creates one row of color. The sequences are offset from each other and create a basketweave-like texture when woven ABABA and so on.(Photo 6)
Picks 1-3: heddle is NEUTRAL, pick up stick A turned on edge behind heddle
*note: even though the heddle rod is resting on top of the “A” warp threads it does not interfere with the pattern because the “B” warp threads are not under tension. Be sure to catch the edge thread at the beginning of each weft pick, and beat in between each pick even though they are in the same shed.
Pick 4: heddle is UP
Picks 5-7: heddle is NEUTRAL, raise heddle rod *note: place a pick up stick on edge under the warp threads raised by the heddle rod so both hands are free to pass the shuttle. Be sure to catch the edge thread at the beginning of each weft pick, and beat in between each pick even though they are in the same shed.
Pick 8: heddle is UP
Leave at least 1” of warp for fringe on each end, Begin and end the rug with 4 picks of tabby with the 8/8 Un-Mercerized Cotton, then hemstitch in groups of 2 warp and 4 weft threads.
To create the graduated color rows at each end of the rug, begin with your Main Color then alternate with your Contrasting Color in the following manner:
Continue with alternating one row of Main Color (Lupine) with an increasing number of Contrast Color (Sorrell) stripes until you weave 6 Contrast Color (Sorrell) rows, then:
**remember each row = 4 pattern picks
Finish the rug with four picks of tabby in the 8/8 Un-Mercerized Cotton warp yarn, hemstitching groups of two warp and four weft threads. Leave at least 1” of fringe at this end.
Cut yardage off the loom. Hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. Trim fringe to 1” each end.
In addition to being GIST's Operations Manager and Wholesale Director, Christine is a weaver and exhibiting fiber artist. She scampered down the rabbit hole of rigid heddle weaving several years ago as a way to use up her knitting stash and never looked back. In addition to very practical cloth woven to adorn home and body (tea towels are her favorite home linen projects to weave), Christine also weaves conceptual works that explore themes of mood and memory, strength and fragility, and often reflect on the current political and ecological landscape. Her work is held in private collections across the country and is shown regionally in New England galleries. To see more of Christine's work, check out her Instagram.