The Big Book of Weaving

My journey through The Big Book of Weaving, by Laila Lundell.

Details – The warp and weft given in the book is listed, and any substitutions I made. Next, the weave structure and number of shafts used is listed, and my primary end use of the woven and finished fabric.

Top Ten – My top ten favorite projects. A joy to weave, and fantastic results. Listed in descending order, with Number 1 as my very favorite.

Video – Each completed project is displayed in sequence of the book. Follow along with the book open, if you like.

Details

Details – The warp and weft given in the book is listed, and any substitutions I made. Next, the weave structure and number of shafts used is listed, and my primary end use of the woven and finished fabric.

  • 1 The First Practice Weaving

22/2 Cottolin warp, 16/2 linen weft

Plain weave, 2 shafts

Pillow, Kindle cover

  • 2. Kitchen Towels with Small Blocks

16/2 cotton warp and weft 

Plain weave, 4 shafts

Kitchen cafe curtains, bread cloths

  • 3. Band for Towel Hanging Loop

16/2 cotton warp and weft 

Warp-effect rep, rigid heddle

Purse strap, and loop on hand towels

  • 4. Striped Kitchen Hand Towels

22/2 Cottolin warp and weft 

Plain weave with weft stripes in twill and broken twill, 4 shafts

Hand towels, purse

  • 5. Twill Rag Rug

12/6 cotton rug warp, cotton rag strips 

Like-sided straight twill, 4 shafts

Rag rug

  • 6. Striped Pillows

16/2 cotton warp, 20/2 Mora wool and Venne glitter yarn weft (substitute sequined knitting yarn)

Weft-effect broken twill, 4 shafts

Pillows

  • 7. Color-Effect Mohair Throw

Mohair knitting yarn warp and weft (substitute mohair/nylon blend)

Twill, with hounds-tooth color effect, 4 shafts

Throw, Christmas tree skirt

  • 8. A Small Alpaca Throw

Alpaca yarn warp and weft 

Goose-eye, 4 shafts

Throw

  • 9. Small Reverse-Treadled Rag Rug

12/6 cotton rug warp and cotton rag strips weft 

Diamond twill, reverse treading, 6 shafts

Rag rug

  • 10. Cord-Striped Bags

6/2 Tuna wool warp and weft, plus weft cord 

Weft cord, 4 shafts

Bag

  • 11. Checked Fabric

8/2 cotton warp and cotton rags weft

Reinforced weft weave structure, 4 shafts

Rag weave bags, Mary Poppins bag, Table runner

  • 12. Long Table Runners in Rep Weave

16/2 cotton warp and weft and mop yarn weft 

Warp rep with color effects, 6 shafts

Table runners

  • 13. Large Checked Rep Rug

16/2 cotton warp and weft and cotton stringyarn weft 

Warp-effect rep with color effect, 4 shafts

Large rep-weave rugs (photo used for website header)

  • 14. Rosepath Band

16/2 cotton warp and weft 

Rosepath lengthwise (turned rosepath), 6 shafts

Wide band, table runner, small pouches, business card holder

  • 15. Cotton Summer Curtains

20/2 cotton warp and weft 

Plain weave and Swedish lace “mosquito lace” block, 4 shafts

Long curtain sheers, small table cloth

  • 16. Bags with Bead Panels

16/2 linen warp and weft 

Three-treadle weave, 4 shafts

Beaded scarf and beaded bag

  • 17. Large Alpaca Shawl

2-ply alpaca yarn warp and weft 

Lace and plain weave, 4 shafts

Throw, winter scarf

  • 18. Decorative Rosepath Weaving

16/3 linen warp, Brage wool weft 

Bound rosepath, 4 shafts

Table runner, Thanksgiving mat

  • 19. Boa with Rya Knots

20/2 cotton warp and 20/2 Mora wool weft, with assorted yarns for rya knots 

Block twill with rya knots, 4 shafts

Pillow

  • 20. Slit Rya for a Bench

8/2 linen warp and weft, and Åsborya wool yarn for rya knots 

Different-sided point twill with rya knots, 4 shafts

Pillow, wall hanging

  • 21. Dice-Weave Pillow

16/2 linen warp and weft 

Pattern weft on plain weave background called dice-weave, 4 shafts

Pillows

  • 22. Double Width Throw

6/2 Tuna wool warp and weft 

Double weave (Double width) in Basket weave, 4 shafts

Wool throws, winter scarf

  • 23. Decorative Weaving with Paper Yarn

Pirkka paper yarn warp and weft (substitute 8/2 cotton) 

Plain weave with warp floats, 6 shafts

Summer scarves

  • 24. Paper Yarn Screen

Pirkka paper yarn warp and weft (substitute 16/1 linen warp and weft) 

Lace weave variation, 4 shafts

Summer linen scarves

  • 25. Warp-Printed Fabric

8/2 cotton warp and weft 

Plain weave, 4 shafts

Tiered skirt, bag for tapestry frame loom

  • 26. Half-Linen Mats

22/2 Cottolin warp and ground weft, 16/1 linen pattern weft 

Half dräll, 4 shafts

Table squares

  • 27. Inlay Rag rug

12/6 cotton rug warp, cotton rags weft and weft inlay 

Weft-effect rep with inlay of rya knots, loops, 4 shafts

Rag rug

  • 28. Old-Fashioned Weaving

16/2 cotton warp and ground weft, 6/1 Fårö wool pattern weft 

Monk’s Belt, 4 shafts

Table runner

  • 29. Rag Rug x 2

12/6 cotton rug warp and cotton rag strips weft (all cotton batik fabrics)

Weft enhanced plain weave (Double binding), 8 shafts

Rag rug

  • 30. Bathroom Mats

12/6 cotton rug warp, mop cotton weft 

Block twill, 8 shafts

Rugs

  • 31. Alpaca Scarf

3-ply alpaca yarn warp and weft 

Wavy twill (undulating twill), 8 shafts

Long scarves

  • 32. Four Decorative Sample Strips

12/12 cotton seine twine warp, assorted linen yarns weft 

Various inlay and art weave techniques, 4 shafts

Sampler wall hanging

  • 33. Transparent Interior Furnishing Fabric

16/2 linen warp and ground weft, cotton chenille pattern weft 

HV-technique, 4 shafts

Zig-zag transparency hanging, house transparency hanging

  • 34. Furnishing Fabrics x 2

8/2 cotton warp and ground weft, 8/2 Tencel pattern weft 

Kuvicas, 8 shafts

Pillow

Taqueté, 8 shafts

Table runner

  • 35. Room Divider

16/2 linen warp and background weft, 20/2 Mora wool weft

HV technique, 4 shafts

Prickly Pear Cactus and Bluebonnet transparency hangings

  • 36. Cotton Baby Blankets

8/4 cotton warp and weft (substitute 8/2 cotton) 

Block double weave in tabby, 8 shafts

Baby blankets

  • 37, Linen Table Runners and Hand Towels

16/2 linen warp, 16/2 linen and 16/1 linen weft

Dräll with 5-shaft satin background, 10 shafts

Tea towel, 16/1 linen weft

Table runner and dish towels, 16/2 linen weft

  • 38., 39., 40. Coordinated furnishing Fabrics

8/2 cotton warp and weft

Block damask, 10 shafts

Square Dot towels

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8/2 linen warp and weft

Color effect in plain weave “Pepita,” 4 shafts

Barstool upholstery

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8/2 cotton warp and weft

Color effect in Basket weave, 4 shafts

Placemats

  • 41. Colorful Pillows

8/2 cotton warp and weft 

Block double weave in plain weave, 8 shafts

Large throw, lap blanket

  • 42. Picnic Blanket

8/4 cotton warp and weft (substitute 22/2 Cottolin) 

Block double weave in plain weave, 12 shafts

Melody’s Kitchen towels

  • 43. Woolen Baby Blanket

6/1 Fårö wool warp and weft (substitute 6/2 Tuna wool) 

Block double weave in plain weave, 12 shafts

Winter blanket for the Casita travel trailer

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Top Ten

Top Ten – My top ten favorite projects. A joy to weave, and fantastic results. Listed in descending order, with Number 1 as my very favorite.

10. Cotton Summer Curtains – Swedish lace – Long curtain sheers

9. Small Reverse-Treadled Rag Rug – Diamond twill – Rag rug

8. Coordinating Furnishing Fabrics – Block Damask – Square Dot Towels

7. Checked Fabric – Reinforced weft weave structure – Rag weave bags, Mary Poppins bag, Table runner

6. Linen Table Runners and Hand Towels – Dräll with 5-shaft satin – Table runner, tea towel, dish towels

5. Picnic Blanket – Block double weave, 12-shafts – Melody’s Kitchen towels

4. Double Width Throw – Double weave in basket weave – Wool throws

3. Rosepath Band – Turned rosepath – Wide band, table runner, small pouches, business card holder

2. Room Divider – Transparency – Prickly-Pear Cactus and Bluebonnet transparency hangings

1. Old-Fashioned Weaving – Monksbelt – Table Runner

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Video

Video – Each completed project is displayed in sequence of the book. Follow along with the book open, if you like.

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