Thursday, July 9, 2009

Triangle Shawl Weaving

Our weavers guild was given a triangle loom a few months ago, and no one wanted to take it home, so I did. I had some yarn that I'd received as a gift and there was just enough to make a double shawl, or poncho.

If you've never woven before, starting on a triangle loom is really fun. It's called continuous strand weaving because there isn't a separate warp and weft, it's all one yarn weaving onto itself. Because of this, there's no set-up time--you just start weaving. And it goes pretty fast, one shawl only takes about 12 hours total. (that's nothing compared to a normal weaving project!)

Here's my finished poncho, it's very warm and soft. I wove a double shawl, one right on top of the other on the frame, and then crocheted the top edges together before taking it off the loom.

I wove this one about 3 years ago at a class at Missouri Town. It's just a single shawl, and the yarn I brought to use worked out just perfectly for this beautiful plaid effect. I'd really like to duplicate this plaid in a kilt some day.

If you're looking for a quick and relatively easy weaving project, I would highly recommend triangle loom weaving!


Anonymous said...

This is really interesting. This is the first I have heard of a triangle loom. Thanks for the great explanation and pictures.

Ellen said...

This looks interesting, similar to the rectangular one I have been using, only with closer nail spacing. I found my woven rectangle too open. How do you weave double layer??

Christy said...

For a double layer, I just pushed the first layer down onto the nails so it would be out of the way. Then weave another exactly the same on top of the first layer. You can connect the edges of one side by crocheting them together before you pop the loops off of the nails.
I hope that makes sense.

Ellen said...

Ahhhhh...I see! :)