Rediscovering Inkle weaving

The publication of Anne Dixon’s ‘The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory’ last year coincided with the task of weaving Christmas decorations.  As a result, quite a few of us at weaving class have been discovering (or rediscovering) the delights of Inkle weaving.

Ashford Inkle loom, warped up and ready to go.

Ashford Inkle loom, warped up and ready to go.

We’ve been producing braids, bag straps and, last year, some tiny woven Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations woven on an Inkle loom

Christmas decorations woven on an Inkle loom

Many years ago, I did quite a bit of Inkle weaving but the two main reference books were old fashioned with mostly black and white photographs. They weren’t hugely inspiring.

Here are a couple of bookmarks I produced with some rather unsuccessful lettering (it’s supposed to be BOOKWORM!).

Inkle Bookmarks

Inkle Bookmarks

And a few bands…

Inkle strips

Inkle strips

And an Inkle strip bag.

Inkle strip bag

Inkle strip bag

But Anne Dixon’s book has changed all that.  It’s full of ideas; full of colour; there are lots of clear instructions. The possibilities seem endless, and because the loom is so simple and portable, I can weave in the evenings after a tiring day at work.

After a demonstration at weaving class a few weeks ago, I decided to have another go at lettering and I’ve woven a couple of lanyards.  I’m using the ‘Compensating Method’ as described on page 44 of the book.

It’s taken quite a while (an a few expletives) to get the hang of using two needles rather than just fingers when manipulating the threads but it does work!

Here’s the finished lanyard – clasps and rings courtesy of Hobbycraft.

Handwoven lanyard

Handwoven lanyard

I’ve been wearing it almost daily since February and been surprised how well it’s surviving.

Lanyard

Lanyard

Feeling inspired to do more!

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One Response to Rediscovering Inkle weaving

  1. Isn’t inkle weaving too fun! Your lettering looks great and I love those ornaments.

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