Prayer Shawl in Tencel

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This weaving kit includes all the Tencel yarns needed to weave this lovely Prayer Shawl that was designed by Sarah Jackson for Handwoven March/April 2018.

We can give meaning to our time at home by weaving a prayer shawl to comfort ourselves or to gift to someone we love. Designer, Sarah Jackson has woven symbols of her faith into this shadow weave fabric. And so can you!

Weaving A Tradition: From the Jewish tallit to the Muslim keffiyeh to the meditation shawls found in Hinduism and Buddhism, the tradition of prayer shawls goes back millennia and spans faiths around the world.

In the Christian church, prayer shawls find their roots in the tallit (the plural is tallitot). While the maker of a Jewish tallit must follow very specific rules as to shape, fiber, and finishing, Christian prayer shawls have no hard or fast rules.

Our Prayer For You:  Our prayer is that you will be blessed in the making and the giving of something special and beautiful that will help heal us all in these times of fear and suffering.

Read more about Sarah's Prayer Shawl in this article by Susan Horton.

Weave structure: shadow weave

Yarns: Tencel 8/2; Whipple, Blue Purple, and Silver Gray

Equipment needed: 4-shaft loom, 19″ weaving width; 10 dent reed; 2 shuttles

Other supplied needed: Fringe twister; 74 seed beads; size 8 embroidery needle; mesh laundry bag. (these items are not included in kit)

Finished Size: 15¾" x 71" plus 5" fringe on each end.

Instructions needed: Handwoven March/April 2018 from Long Thread Media for complete weaving instructions.

Note:  This kit includes all yarns needed to weave this shawl.  The pattern can be found in the Handwoven magazine noted above.  You will need to purchase this magazine if you don't already own a copy.

Photos by George Boe