27 February 2011 · 7 comments in Weaving


About six months ago, I decided that I wanted to give weaving a go and purchased an Ashford rigid heddle loom. I tried it out using some leftover yarn, but never got up the courage to dip into the “good stuff”. Some time in January, I decided that enough was enough, warped the gorgeous MadelinTosh Pashmina I had reserved for a woven scarf and dove in.


Honestly, I can’t tell really tell you any of the technical details. I used a 10 dpi reed, but I’ve completely forgotten how many ends. I have a book about weaving that I meant to read before starting this project, but in the end I mostly referred to the “learn how to weave” pamphlet that came with the loom.


Obviously, the result isn’t perfect. The edges are a bit wonky and I’m sure an experienced weaver would find many problems with it, but I’m so pleased with my first real weaving project. Pashmina works up into an absolutely beautiful woven fabric, which is lovely and soft and fluid, and I love the subtle variations I got from combining two different colours. I used two full skeins, with Chambray as the warp and Antler as the weft, and the finished scarf is about 23 by 188 cm. It’s a great size for a scarf. I probably should have shown you modelled shots, but I’m in no state to model today, so the backyard will have to do.


All in all, I’m thrilled with this scarf. I know it’ll get lots of use in winter (get cold quick, Melbourne!) despite its flaws. I really hope I can find the time to weave some more in the coming months.

(Excuse the crumpled look. I haven’t gotten around to steaming it yet.)

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erin February 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm

It’s so pretty and elegant. Lovely shade, like linen.

carolyn February 28, 2011 at 3:13 am

it’s beautiful!

Jessica February 28, 2011 at 8:18 am

I’m no expert but I think it looks perfect! :D

Lauren February 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

Beautiful! I love the muted colors.

Clare February 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

Wow! It’s gorgeous! I love that it looks nice and drapey still. One thing that puts me off dipping my toe into weaving is that often handwoven stuff seems way too stiff.

You should drop into the Vic Spinners & Weavers Guild one day. They have (from my memory from a few years ago) some great woven stuff for sale in the shop that would be fun to look at for inspiration.

seashoreknits February 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

elin – this is the first time i have commented onyour blog. i just had to tell you how impressed i am with your scarf!!! it is so lovely.
i received an Ashford knitters loom a year ago for Christmas and have only done two small projects: a little hotpad and a scarf. Both were terrible!! my scarf looked not even half as good as yours. i just can’t seem to “get” this weaving yet – my pamphlet just isn’t cutting it. it will be some time before i feel brave enough to dip into my good stash – so bravo to you!! i look forward to more weaving posts :)

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