Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave Book Review
Favorite Scandinavian Projects To Weave 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home
Occasionally I am reminded that I will never complete in the lifetime I have remaining all the wonderful inspiration that comes across my desk. Recently a book, Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave was put in my hands that you will want to have on your book shelf. The projects are so inspiring and each one has that special Scandinavian aesthetic look about it. There are projects for throws and blankets, rugs, upholstery, table linens and towels. Also included are four projects for curtains that you will love to weave. I find it rare to find project ideas for curtains and these are simple and easy to weave.
What I also love about this book is that they have included a conversion equivalent from centimeters to inches for people such as myself who struggle with the metric system. Sometimes the epi converts to an odd sett such as 25 epi or 47 epi. This weaver will wing it at 24 and 48 and won’t feel guilty. Suggested threads and yarns are easily obtainable and there is a listing for suppliers here in the US.
I found so many ideas that are fresh and exciting and I know you will too.
What could be more wonderful than surrounding yourself with gorgeous handwoven textiles? Weaving them yourself! Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave features 45 timeless designs specially chosen from the popular Scandinavian weaving magazine “Vävmagasinet,” and offers all the help and inspiration you need to create a delightful and unique focal point for any room in your home.
Behind each one-of-a-kind pattern is an expert designer and weaver to guide you, providing straightforward, step-by-step instruction as well as how-to and troubleshooting tips. Editor Tina Ignell's superb selection of projects use materials that are easy to find and fun to use, and many can be woven on a loom with four shafts and four treadles.
Each pattern is intentionally versatile: choose from a wide array of fabrics to suit your individual style; change the size and color of blankets, pillows, and rugs to complement a room's décor; or match the color of table linen to your favorite china. Every taste is certain to be satisfied, as you'll find curtains woven in classic patterns such as huckaback, while “M's” and “O's” are paired with modern panel curtains made with linen and paper. For the table, designs run the gamut from the basic to weavings where you can “let loose” on the loom, including a decorative runner “Flowerbed,” “Linen with Little Secrets” containing gold hearts and silver stars, and a tablecloth in block damask with napkins to match. Plus there are hand towels galore, generously sized and in fun patterns; pillows and throws to decorate sofas and beds; and even a comfy hammock to enjoy once the weaving is done.
As an added bonus, Tina Ignell includes a special section on the care and handling of textiles, with guidelines and hints about featured fibers: linen, half-linen, cottolin, wool, paper, and piassava. With this book in hand and your own ideas, you are more than ready to create unique fabrics designed to last for generations.
Handwoven Shadow Weave Towels
A special thank you for Vicky who was kind enough to whip up a few of these handsome towels for display with our favorite 8/2 cotton in Charcoal 4275 and Blanchi 101
Detail of the handwoven tape
A nice detail added to the hems makes for a handy way to hang your towels around the kitchen or bath.
Samples woven with 8/2 cotton
Our volunteer Vicky Haas chose to weave these towels with our favorite 8/2 cotton in Charcoal 4275 and Blanchi 101
There are a few pages of hints on finishing your fabrics that we found very helpful.
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