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PATTERN UPDATE: Please note that this yarn is no longer available on 1/2 lb cones. You can purchase 1kg cones here.
A simple poncho woven 100% Alpaca Weaving Yarn and constructed with minimal sewing.
Designed by Andrea Carpenter for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.
To weave two color blocked panels similar to Andrea's, follow the warp & weft color order below.
Warp Color Order: Warp the following pattern for a total of 210 warp ends
Weft Color Order: Weave the following pattern for both panels. Begin and end each panel with hemstitch and make sure to leave plenty of room for fringe.
Andrea writes, "When the panels are complete and off the loom, wash them both in cool water and mild soap. I used a wool wash, but any mild soap will do in a bind. I then wrung out the excess water, rolled the panels up in a towel to absorb even more excess water. I then ironed them on the wool setting while they were still slightly damp. Ironing can lengthen and/or widen the fabric so make sure to line up the panels from time to time to make sure they are the same length and width. If desired, you may use a fringe twister to create tassels at the ends of each panel as I did. I kept the back tassels longer than the front to give it even more of a pronounced asymmetrical look (2" fringe in the front and 5" fringe in the back). This step took quite a long time so make sure you have a good show to watch on Netflix or listen to the Weave podcast!
After washing, ironing and finishing your fringe, follow these steps to sew your weaving into a simple poncho.
The Winter Phoenix is a California based handwoven textile brand by Andrea Carpenter. Each piece is inspired by nature, astronomy, art, music, and literature. A purist at heart, Andrea creates one-of-a-kind pieces that are not only inspired by the earth, but that also come from it by using sustainably sourced fibers.
Andrea has been gravitated towards fibre and texture since she was a young child when her mother taught her to crochet—a practice passed down the generations of women in her family. Over the last twenty plus years, she has dabbled in knitting, embroidery, sewing, and cross-stitch, but it wasn’t until she discovered weaving that she found her fibre passion.