Add to Your Weaving Lexicon with Loom Theory: Eight-Shaft Shawl Collection 2019

Looking for new ideas in weaving is part of being a weaver.

Susan E. Horton Dec 19, 2019 - 3 min read

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Nancy Dunlap combined huck lace and plain weave with cottolin to weave her Jazz Fusion shawl. All photos by Caleb Dane Young

As a weaver, I feel like I am always on the prowl for new patterns, drafts, and color combinations to add to my weaving lexicon. My weaving sensors are on, no matter where I am. I’ll stare at the back of a man’s suit coat in an elevator trying to figure out whether it is a 4-shaft or 8-shaft twill, spend hours on Pinterest and other websites looking for inspiration, browse weaving and art books for ideas, and take pictures of patterns and colors I see in ordinary life, just because. I will admit to taking photographs of the front of public bathroom doors for more than a year while I was planning a project based on the female symbol you see on them.

If you see yourself in the paragraph above, excluding perhaps the part about photographing bathroom doors, I think you will be interested in the new Loom Theory: Eight-Shaft Shawl Collection 2019. Just as we have done for the other Loom Theory collections, we asked designers whose work we love to weave beautiful shawls using special yarns. And they delivered.
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Mary Berent made good use of a merino/tussah silk blend and advancing twills in her Advancing Blues shawl.


In this collection, you will find simplicity in the herringbone twill pattern that Brittany Wells used in her Sandhill Crane shawl and complexity in the advancing twills that Mary Berent used in her Advancing Blues shawl. If you are looking for saturated colors, Charlene Kolb’s Radiant Möbius will satisfy you, but if you are looking for more muted tones, Susan Porter’s Shade Garden and Cynthia Newman’s Graphite and Gold might be more to your liking. Two of the designers, Suzie Liles and Nancy Dunlap, used huck lace, and interestingly, both used pink in their designs. Their shawls are stunning, and they look nothing alike.

Join me in adding this latest Loom Theory collection to your list of prowling venues. Browse the lookbook to see some wonderful patterns, designs, and color combinations, and download the pattern collection to add to your own weaving lexicon.

Weave well,