Structure Variations: Waffle Weave Towels

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Featured in our April Weaving Challenge

~ Structure Variations ~

Combining Warp and Weft Floats

This weaving project will give you the opportunity to experience structure variations, creating waffle weave on your rigid heddle loom. 

This project is featured in Deborah Jarchow's newest book, Rigid Heddle Weaving Basics & Beyond, Project 15 pages 95-99.  Be sure to order your very own copy if you aren't already enjoying this book.

Waffle weave is a 3-dimensional weaving pattern that is usually woven on multi-shaft looms. We can also accomplish this same weave structure on our rigid heddle looms by using pick-up sticks.  With warp and weft floats we can create raised ridges that produce a fabric that is absorbent, airy and quite perfect for towels.

What's This Project All About?

Learning A New Technique
This Waffle Weave structure is made with two pick-up sticks and a 10-step weaving sequence.  By using both warp and weft pick up you can create a box-like pattern in the cloth, sometimes called waffle weave.  This particular pattern is especially nice because you can leave both pick-up sticks in the warp while weaving.  This makes for a quick weaving process that is both enjoyable and rewarding.

The Equipment Needed & Project Specifics
* Rigid Heddle Loom
* 15” weaving width
* 10 dent reed
*  1 shuttle (or more if you want to incorporate weft stripes)
*  2 pick-up sticks
Rigid Heddle Weaving Basics & Beyond Book for instructions.  You will need to purchase this book if you don't already own a copy.  There are over 30 fun weaving projects included in this book.

See our April Weaving Challenge Blog Post to learn more!


We Make It Easy!

We are offering these Structure Variation: Waffle Weave Towel Kits in three different color combinations.  Each kit contains all the Aurora Earth 8/2 cottons needed to weave two towels. Weave a set (or three) in your favorite colors! 

Choose from Traditional Stripes, Calming Blue Waters, or Spirited Rose Red color combinations.  Our kits make weaving these projects so easy!  All the yarns are included, making it easy to jump right in without having to shop around for all the colors needed.  And as always, your kit will be packaged in a lovely draw string bag that is perfect for storing your project as you weave.  Get FREE SHIPPING with code CHALLENGE for the month of April!

Weave with Deborah Jarchow!
Join Deborah Jarchow on Zoom in her upcoming class to follow along exploring texture weave using pick-up sticks on your Rigid Heddle Loom!  This class goes hand-in-hand with our April Challenge Project.
This online Zoom class with Deborah Jarchow will be available April 16th at 2:00 MST.  In this class Deborah will demonstrate weaving with pick-up sticks to create both warp and weft floats, combining warp and weft stripes, and successful hemming and finishing techniques. 

This will be a free class to our Rigid Heddle Facebook Group Members compliments of Cotton Clouds and Deborah Jarchow.  Be sure to join in the fun!

We will be posting a link in our Rigid Heddle Facebook Group for the class soon.  You are all invited to join our weaving group and participate in the Zoom class!

Class Level: Beginner and beyond - you should be able to warp your loom successfully on your own.

If you are unable to attend the class on Zoom you can still join this month's challenge by using the pattern in the book Rigid Heddle Weaving Basics & Beyond, Project 15 pages 95-99

About Deborah Jarchow

When Deborah discovered weaving in 1996, her life-long love of fiber, texture, and color came together. Since then, she has worked full time as a weaver and artist, including teaching fiber arts, creating and selling wearable art, giving lectures, and showing in local, regional, and national exhibits. Her work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums across the country, including the Gerald R. Ford Museum. She has won numerous awards and written articles for national publications.  Deborah is the author of Rigid Heddle Weaving Basics & Beyond and The Weaving Explorer.

I want to express my special thanks to Deborah Jarchow for contributing her weaving knowledge with us for our April Weaving Challenge!

Jodi Ybarra ❤️