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The Silk Noil Infinity Cowl is woven with our Italian Silk Noil on a rigid heddle loom. The spaced weft complements the soft, rustic texture of the silk noil and acts as a simple solution for button holes. Each edge is finished with buttons so that the cowl can be worn in variety of ways.
You can download an updated version of this pattern and purchase a kit here.
Designed by Lois Weaver for GIST: Yarn & Fiber.
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Warp & Weft:2 skeins of Italian Silk Noil Weaving Yarn in contrasting colors
Notions: 8 x 20MM (~3/4") buttons (not included)*
*Buttons are not included with this kit, but you can look for 20MM diameter (~3/4") buttons at your local craft store or on Etsy.
Color A - Sunshine Italian Silk Noil, Color B - Sage Italian Silk Noil
Warp Color Order:Wind a warp with the following sequence for a total of 110 warp ends. You can also use the direct warping method.
Before you begin weaving, find a piece of cardboard (you can use the shipping box from your kit purchase!) and cut a strip that measures 1/2" W x 12" L.
Weft Color Order: Using Color B, weave the following sequence for approx. 50”. When indicated, insert the cardboard strip in the same shed as the last pick. Continue to weave 1” or more and remove the strip. Measure each 3” section when the loom is not under tension for the most accurate measurement. Begin and end your cowl with hemstitching.
Finishing: When you have finished weaving and hemstitching, hand wash the cowl in cold water with a mild detergent and hang to dry. Once the cowl is dry, steam press and trim the fringe to 3" on both sides. Finish by sewing 4 buttons across each end (right above the fringe) spaced approximately 3 ¼” apart. Style your cowl using the open spaces in the fabric as button holes. Need buttons? Check your local craft store or Etsy for 20MM (~3/4") buttons (you will need 8 total).
Lois Weaver has been weaving professionally in one way or another for 25 years. After quitting her day job at midlife and enrolling in a fiber arts program, weaving called to her and she never looked back. It has taken her from selling her wares in shows and galleries in Virginia to production weaving in Colorado. After moving to New Mexico, she began teaching. This led to designing patterns for her students. She now sells her patterns through her Etsy shop. Her specialty has always been wearables.
Lois now lives in Pueblo, Colorado. When she’s not in her studio there, you will find her with her husband and Cocker Spaniel traveling in their recently renovated RV complete with her handwoven textiles looking for fiber events and other adventures.
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