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Let‘s Take This Party Outside

Five projects to weave for a perfect picnic

Handwoven Editors Jun 26, 2024 - 3 min read

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Jaunty Fourth of July Picnic Towels have a patriotic flair. Photo by Matt Graves

Is it warm and sunny outside? That means the time is just right for a picnic in the park or at the beach. Don’t forget to take along your handwovens: a set of festive napkins, a blanket for lounging, patriotic towels, and a pair of espadrilles, all packed in a roomy tote bag. Handwoven’s 5 Projects to Weave for a Perfect Picnic eBook shows you the way.

At top, Yvonne Ellsworth‘s Fourth of July Picnic Towels use color-and-weave to produce rich patterning on the rigid-heddle loom—no second heddle or pick-up sticks required!

A rigid-heddle loom and plain weave are all you need to weave Carly Jane‘s Bespoke Espadrilles, below. After the weaving is done, use the sewing pattern and rope soles you‘ll find listed in the project‘s resources, along with Carly‘s tips for sewing them together.

Weave a pair of summer beach shoes with the Bespoke Espadrilles pattern.

Cynthia Newman‘s Big Wrap Beach Blanket design, woven by Katzy Luhring, was inspired by striped twill Turkish towels. It’s a lightweight blanket that can be a picnic cloth or a beach towel! It uses naturally colored American Maid cotton yarn, and is finished with a striking fringe.

Stay warm and dry with the Big Wrap Beach Blanket—or turn it into a tablecloth for your picnic. Photo by Matt Graves

The delightful twill Daisy Plaid Tote, designed and woven by Tracy Kaestner, has long handles for ease of shoulder-slinging. Choose a commercial fabric for the large zippered pocket and base, as Tracy did, or find a coordinating handwoven to use instead.

A Daisy Plaid Tote will hold all of your picnic goodies. Photo by Julia Vandenoever

One straight-draw threading and a variety of tie-ups will get you eight different “Pinwheels Redux“ Napkins, designed and woven by Easy Weaving with Little Looms editor Christina Garton. Why choose just one design when you can weave them all?

“Pinwheels Redux“ Napkins are fraternal twins—they‘re related, but not identical. Photo by Joe Coca

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