Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guest Post: Swedish Weaving

I want to welcome Cheryl Mathias to my blog and thank her for her willingness to guest post.  I saw her work and thought Swedish Weaving was a wonderful art that I wanted to learn more about.  So without wasting anymore time, here is Cheryl.

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a class in Swedish Weaving. A sweet little old lady named Eileen had learned several years ago how to do this and loved to share her craft with all who are willing to learn it. The classes were held at the First Colony Library in Sugar Land. 

 First Colony Branch

Eileen had a packet put together for us including a small piece of Monk cloth and instructions on how to make several of the stitches. After practicing these stitches we were encouraged to start a project using the Ocean Breeze pattern that Eileen had picked out for us. 

Before we got started though, we had to prepare the Monk cloth. Monk cloth is 100% cotton so it has to be stitched all around to prevent it from unraveling. I used a zigzag stitch all around the cloth and then washed it before sticking it in the dryer to shrink it before starting my project. (Click play to view You Tube video for more information on preparing Monk's Cloth)

Next we had to find the center of the cloth and mark it with DMC floss. First we folded the cloth in half length wise, stitched it with DMC floss and then folded it in half width wise and stitched it with the floss. Now I was ready to start the project.

Usually these projects are started in the middle and work toward the edges. The original pattern is shown at the side here and is worked from one edge. I am making the original wall hanging into an afghan so the pattern needs to be repeated on the other end. I still start at the center of the width and work out to each side. 

First cut a piece of yarn long enough to make a line of the pattern. Thread it on to the bodkin. To make a stitch use the bodkin placing it under the float (vertical weave) and pull the yarn all the way through, checking your tension. Continue making the pattern.

As you can see I have made the pattern and then repeated the pattern in reverse. I still have a lot to do and will adjust the pattern to fit the size of the afghan. I can hardly wait to see the finished project. That's for another time.

Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing.  Can't wait to see the final product.  For more videos on Swedish Weaving check out these links.

Swedish Weave, Part 2a; Intro to Stitching

Swedish Weave, Part 2b; More Stitches

Huck Weave 1

Huck Weave 2

Uma-Dressmaking-Uma (this is one of several videos on weaving that Uma has)