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log cabin

April 5, 2011

my beginning weaving students always start with a pattern known as “log cabin”.

It is plain weave and the pattern is created by the placement of contrasting colours in both warp and weft.

Even with subtle contrasting colours the pattern is obvious. On the  lower right a boucle yarn is used for one weft yarn.

and in this scarf, just removed from the loom, a third colour has been introduced into the weft. It makes an interesting contrast.

and in these placemats not only the colours alternate but the shades vary slightly and the warp and weft yarns are  thick and thin. 

this is a sample out of an old book. It would be interesting to use two different colours in the pattern areas. 

Think about how many ways you can vary this simple pattern.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2011 10:16 am

    I want to try log cabin having just learned other plain weaves – I have been following Deborah Chandler’s book to warp my four shaft loom from back to front with what begins as a continuous warp measured on a warping board – how do I do this for log cabin when every warp is a different colour?

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  2. April 6, 2011 10:35 am

    I so admire people who can do weaving. I wouldn’t have a clue how to set up a loom; it’s a bit of a black art for me.

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    • April 6, 2011 12:35 pm

      Karen – each of us speaks with our own voice, you do beautiful, creative work in your individual way. ever onward.

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  3. April 5, 2011 6:39 pm

    I love log cabin – so much magic from such a simple concept.

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    • April 5, 2011 7:27 pm

      even with a 16 harness mechanical dobby loom I still use log cabin on a regular basis. Love it.

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  4. Sue McB permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:31 pm

    I love the look of that weave……and I’m wondering if you might suggest a beginners book which would be appropriate to my level of weaving knowledge – that is, Nil! I now have a four shaft loom that looks very similar to yours, but much older, and would like to try something on it once it is cleaned up a little more. Thanks in anticipation. Sue

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    • April 5, 2011 7:25 pm

      Sue – I use a book published in 2007 “The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory” by British author Anne Dixon and published by Interweave Press in the U.S. It has most commonly used 4 harness weave structures, is in great colour and demonstrates what a difference colour can make, Is ring bound so it lays flat,and has brief but detailed instructions at the beginning of each chapter. It doesn’t teach how to warp a loom. I will email you and if necessary send you a copy of the handout I give my students and talk you through it if necessary. I love to get new weavers started. Jean

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