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Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth

Cotton & Linen Wrapping Cloth

These cotton and linen wrapping cloths by Bree of Still Life Woven are inspired by the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki - an everyday wrapping cloth used traditionally for gifts or transporting food. She created two 28" square wrapping cloths using one skein of Italian Cotton Linen Weaving Yarn and a skip dent technique to create this beautiful texture. 

Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth                 

Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth
                    

Materials

Warp & Weft: 1 skein of Italian Cotton Linen Weaving Yarn, Bree used slate

Bree writes, "I decided to use the same linen/cotton fibre for both the warp and weft to highlight the colour and texture of the fibre. I included some simple open work details - I really liked the way it showed off the thickness and variation in each thread. The material shares the crispness and texture of 100% linen, which I use fairly often, but without its moodiness/fussiness. It is perfect and I am looking forward to using it again."

Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth
                     
Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth
                     

Project Notes

  • Tools Required: 2-4 shaft floor or table loom, 12 dent reed, shuttle & bobbins 
  • EPI: 22 (in a 12 dent reed) - thread 2 ends per dent, skipping one dent each time you begin threading a new inch and three dents in the center of the cloth 
  • Width at Reed: ~30 
  • Warp Ends: 610
  • Warp Length: 80"
  • Draft: Tabby weave 
  • Finished Dimensions: Two wrapping cloths that measure approximately 28" x 28" square
  • Finishing Details: Hem stitch, fringe trimmed to about 1/4" 
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, or air dry if preferred 
Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth
                     
Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth
                     

Weaving & Finishing

Threading: Use a skip dent technique to create an interesting pattern in the cloth 

  • Thread 2 ends per dent
  • At the start of each new inch skip 1 dent
  • When you reach the center of your cloth skip 3 dents
  • Continue skipping 1 dent at the start of each inch until you finish threading the reed

Weaving & Finishing: 

  • Begin and end each cloth with hem stitch 
  • Weave ~30" per cloth, make sure to leave space between them (see photo above)
  • Cut off the cloth off the loom, cut the two cloths apart and trim the fringe to about 1/4" on each side.
Free Pattern to Weave a Cotton and Linen Furoshiki Cloth
December 28, 2018 — Emma Rhodes

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