Free Pattern Color-and-Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom – GIST: Yarn & Fiber
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Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Weave this Weekend Rug on your Rigid Heddle or Floor Loom

This quick handwoven rug designed by Emma Rhodes is a perfect summer project! Get it warped and woven in a weekend, and have a beautiful new rug for for your own home or to give as a gift. Weave it on your floor loom or your rigid heddle loom, with an 8-dent reed. 

Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom
                
Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom
                 

Materials 

Warp: 1 Cone 8/8 Un-Mercerized Cotton

Kits: Each kit contains enough yarn to make one rug 21" x 40" (including 2.5" fringe on each end)

Project Notes 

  • Tools Required: 4-shaft floor loom or Rigid Heddle loom, 8 dent reed, 12" stick shuttle (Note that the rug will look a bit different (still beautiful) if woven on the Rigid Heddle loom - see notes below)
  • EPI: 8 
  • Width in reed: 24"
  • Warp length: 2 yards
  • Length measured under tension on loom: 36" 
  • Finished Size: 21 x 40" (including 2.5" fringe on both sides) 
  • Finishing details: Hem stitch & twisted fringe

Pattern

Four-Shaft Loom Info 
  • Threading: 4-3-2-1
  • Tie up: 1-2,3-4 (this means that two adjacent warp threads will lift together)
  • Treadle: 1,2,1,2 


Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Rigid Heddle Loom Info

Threading: One warp thread per slot/hole. On a rigid heddle loom, you can only do Tabby Weave (you cannot lift two adjacent warp threads together). So in the adaptation for Rigid Heddle looms, the weft thread goes over and under each warp thread. This means that in your final rug, some of the warp thread will also remain visible, resulting in a beautiful interplay between the 8/8 cotton and the wool weft. 

Emma writes: "I have been weaving for 7 years and this is my first rug! For this project I wanted to weave a simple, weft faced rug that would accentuate the color variations in this Tapestry Rug Wool from Mountain Meadow Wool Mill.

I wound the skeins into center pull balls and wrapped two strands around the stick shuttle. By weaving with double strands, the variations in the color really begin to pop! The gradation from dark to light reminds me of some of the beautiful denim rag rugs I have seen recently.

There was more draw-in then I anticipated so you can also go slightly wider at the reed, maybe 26". I love the polished look of hem stitch (tutorial here) and twisted fringe. I am looking forward to working with more colors, patterns and rug sizes in the future!"

Free Pattern Color and Weave Tea Towels on a Rigid Heddle Loom

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