Cotton and Linen Wrapping 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.
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."
- 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
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.