Woven pillow cover that may become a scarf
March 6, 2010
March 8, 2010

Woven pillow cover that may become a scarf

Project info
Learn to Weave, Deborah Chandler
me me me
will be 12" x 24" (folded to make a 12" double-sided square)
Tools and equipment
4-shaft table loom
568 yards
Red Heart Collage (Aran)
1 skein = 218.0 yards (199.3 meters), 100 grams
Zellers LaSalle
March 5, 2010
South Maid Crochet Thread Size 10
1 ball = 350.0 yards (320.0 meters)
Zellers LaSalle
March 5, 2010

I will never use this crochet cotton as warp again, ever ever ever. Apart from the usual crochet-cotton-sticking-to-itself problem, two threads shredded before I even got the warp wound on. Never again.

Loving the heathering and colour gradation shift of the Red Heart Collage in this colourway, though. I bought it because it looked like a Monet painting in yarn form. It’s surprisingly soft, too; I may go buy a bunch more to stash it for a blanket or lap rug later. I’d really like to see how the colour merges if I use it for both warp and weft.

Due to a not very thorough thinking-out of the warping process, this piece is much longer than I expected it to be. I’d originally planned for a 12″ x 12″ pillow cover, doubled to cover both sides, so a 12″ x 24″ piece of cloth. The first warp I started measuring on Friday night seemed way too short, what with loom waste, so I doubled it. In the end I realised that while I was measuring the warp I was thinking I’d doubled it, but I was also doubling the loom waste, which I’d overestimated to make sure I’d have enough room to begin with. Oops. If I measure carefully I might get two smaller pillow covers out of it, or I could do one side the woven fabric and the other side in a plain material and get three out of it. There are options.

Of course, because I really fell in love with the fabric when I took it off the loom (so soft! so drapey!) and immediately wrapped it around my neck like a big thick scarf, I may have to weave something else for throw pillows.

Project stats:

Warping: Nine hours (It’s only my second project, and it’s four times the size of my first, and the stupid crochet cotton got snarled halfway through measuring the warp.)
Weaving: Five hours
Finishing: One hour

Warp: about 300 yards
Weft: about 100 yards

Finished measurements: 11.5″ x 56″

Nov 2010: Pulled this out and tossed it over a white upholstered chair to limit the amount of cat hair being deposited on it, and promptly got the suggestion from my husband to weave a proper-sized throw for it and a matching one for the settee, all in the same yarn.

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About this yarn
by South Maid
Thread, size 10
100% Cotton
350 yards

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by Red Heart
100% Acrylic
218 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: March 8, 2010
  • Finished: March 8, 2010
  • Updated: November 23, 2010
  • Progress updates: 2 updates