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Free Weaving Pattern: Weaving Wrapping Cloths with Bree

Today I'm trying something new with the Friday morning weaving inspiration - a deep dive into one weaving project. 

First up is this stunning work created by Bree of still.life.woven. Her project is 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 yarn in Slate. 

She 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. "

Find all the technical details after the photos (photo credit to Bree).

handwoven linen
planning for a handwoven project
cotton linen yarn
winding onto the beam
handwoven project
threading heddles
handwoven cloth

The details

  • Warp and weft: 1 skein of Cotton/Linen yarn in Slate
  • Sett: 22 EPI, 610 ends total. In a 12 dent reed, Bree threaded 2 ends/dent, and at every inch she left 1 dent empty. In the center of the square, she left a larger gap of 3 dents empty.
  • Warp length: 80" long, from which she created two 28" square pieces of wrapping fabric. 
  • Finishing: Bree used a roller cutter to trim the ends to 1/4" and did hem stitching on both sides, using the same yarn.

Other notes from Bree: "I threaded and tied up for a pointed twill but decided almost immediately that the fibre was so lovely that it didn’t need anything to distract from it and wove the whole project in plain weave (you will notice in the photos that for a moment I included some clasped weft using the silk, and although the colours were perfect together, I almost immediately undid it. It was having an adverse affect on my selvedge, and I have no patience for messy selvedges :)."