Swatches for Weavers

I found my pin loom in a rummage sale. I was drawn to the packaging, and at that time I had never heard of them or even seen one before, but I picked it up because I thought it would be a fun way to swatch yarns for rigid heddle weaving. In the last few years, there has been a revival of interest in fun little weaving projects like these, so this week I swatched a few of Berroco’s popular yarns on my Weave-It pin loom.

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The first yarn that came to mind to swatch was Berroco’s Millefiori—a worsted weight blend of 50% Wool and 50% Acrylic in a silky single ply with a long-color repeat that comes in vibrant jewel tones.

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Because Millefiori has a soft gentle twist it would not be well suited to a rigid heddle loom—all of the abrasion of the reed moving back and forth over the warp would likely cause breakage. But on the pin loom it works perfectly—I can imagine a lot of these sewn together as a blanket.

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Next I tried Berroco Folio Color—another long repeat striping yarn. Folio is a super soft blend of 65% Alpaca and 35% Rayon / Viscose, and earlier this season we introduced the Folio Color line. I used shade #4592 Falmouth to make this swatch and as you can see, these squares don’t take a lot of the yarn—only 3 colors from the ball are showing in this square. The result is a fabric with a lovely classic tweed look to it. It would be really interesting to many of these and arrange the squares in a gradient pattern.img_8115

The 3rd swatch that I made was using Berroco’s Artisan—a nice round 2-ply with 80% Merino and 20% Silk. It is a rustic looking worsted weight that looks velvety when woven. The semi-solid dip dye almost creates a houndstooth pattern, like Ikat. I would love to see this yarn woven into scarves and stoles on a rigid heddle loom.

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Have you tried weaving, or are you a weaver? What have you made with your loom?

6 Comments

  1. You’ve been reading my [weaving] mind!

    I’ve done some “small loom” weaving with Ultra Alpaca … Oh, the bliss! Gently felted it creates an amazing fabric.

    I’ve some thoughts on rigid heddle weaving, too, but that’s probably for another blog …

  2. That looks amazing, I remember doing something like that at school however the end result was no way like your beautiful swatches!

    1. I’m not sure I could have done this in school at all—I probably would have ended up tied to the pin loom!

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