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Stashbuster Pattern Pack for Weavers

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Stashbuster Pattern Pack of Five for 4-Shaft Looms

The Stashbuster Pattern Pack incldues five digital patterns that are woven with yarns commonly found in weavers’ stashes; 8/4 carpet warp, 8/2 cotton, Tencel, cottolin, and worsted weight yarn. Each of these 4-shaft patterns can be beautifully woven in different colorways than as originally designed. You’ll receive downloadable WIFs to accompany each pattern, and additional tips for adapting the patterns to your own stash!
    1. Huck Lace and Tencel Scarf by Kristen Kelley
    2. This is a great beginner’s project. Kristen Kelley used one color of Tencel for both warp and weft and wove the huck lace detail for the length of the scarf. Pick a color of Tencel from your stash that you love and start weaving your own version. You’ll need about 1,200 yd which is less than ½ lb of 8/2 Tencel. You can also make it your own by interspersing areas of huck lace with areas of plain weave. (Note: In the WIF, the area of treadling in a different color of green denotes the huck lace repeat area.)

Finished size:
      One scarf 8" x 73" plus 5" twisted fringe at each end.

    1. Elegant Gamp Lap Robe by Suzie Liles
    2. Gamps are a great way to study weave structures and color interactions. Suzie Liles wove her version using bronze and violet Harrisville Highland wool, but you can use any two colors that you like and that fit your decor. You may also like to use different colors in the threading blocks and cross them with the same or different colors in the treadling blocks. If you don’t have Highland, other worsted weight wools would also work for this project, or even Harrisville Shetland doubled, but sample first to be sure about the sett. Wind some color wraps to get started. You’ll be amazed at what you will learn about twills and color. (Note: The WIF does not show floating selvedges.)

Finished size:
      1 throw 37½" x 51" plus 3½" twisted fringe at each end.

    1. Ragtime Remix by Carol Reinhold
    2. Lots of us have some carpet warp in our stash, and many of us also have a stash of cotton fabrics we don’t know what to do with. Here is the basic recipe for using both. Carol Reinhold’s method of blending the fabric colors in the weft for smooth transitions is worth studying and then applying to your own stash. Expand the threading and warp length to weave rag rugs, just be sure you either add wider headers for hemming or enough unwoven warp for twisting fringe.

Finished size after washing:
      4 mats 12½" x 17" with 1½" fringe at each end.

    1. Finnish Lace Dinner Napkins by Gayle Pace
    2. These napkins by Gayle Pace are lovely in their simplicity and charm. With 3 colors of cottolin from your stash, you can weave napkins that match your dinner table, and wow your guests. A mini cone of cottolin holds about 1,700 yards. For the main color you’ll need about ½ of a mini cone and for the other two colors, much less. Color wraps will help you get started. Would you rather weave towels? Weave 20 repeats rather than 10 repeats for 3 towels, and skip the side hems.

Finished size after washing and hemming:
      6 napkins, 12½" x 12½" each.

    1. Towels in a Modern Arrangement by Linda Gettmann
    2. If you have been weaving a while, you probably have a bunch of leftover 8/2 cotton in lots of different colors. This is the project for you. Pick two neutrals for your warp that look good together and then start experimenting for your weft, drawing from your stash. Linda Gettmann wove 6 towels each with a different pair of weft colors, choosing pairs that were close to each other on the color wheel, such as burgundy and red, or two colors of green. For your tabby, you can either use 20/2 cotton in similar colors or go into your sewing thread stash.

Finished size after washing and hemming:
    6 towels, 20" x 26¼" each.