I have just recently finished a jacket with pin-weaving for the front and back. Here is my jacket and the pattern that I used is called Williamsburg from the Park Bench Pattern Co. This looks hard to do but is really easy. This pattern works well for this kind of work because of the paneled front and back.
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Here is what I did:
You will need about 3 and 1/4 yards of main fabric and 1/3 yard of 10 to 11 different fabrics of the same color scheme but different tones. Wash and iron all your pieces. Your main fabric will make the sleeves as well as being part of weaving. You may use the Williamsburg pattern or choose one of your own. I will give directions using this one.
All Park Bench patterns are written in size 14, but she allows that you can alter as needed to make larger or smaller as you need. What I have done with her patterns when unsure is I bought some inexpensive fabric in the color I like and made up the pattern with alterations. Then I could see what I needed to do different if anything.
I had lined my jacket so instead of cutting two fronts and two backs I did four of each. Which brings me to the point that this jacket with the weaving does has some weight to it. It isn't too heavy for me, but it could be for some other people. Also cut one back and two fronts.
I have a large styrofoam board that I used to pin the weaving onto. This is not needed but it is useful. My board measure about 12" x 40" x 3". I gave directions without the use of the board because most people will not have one. I used mine, that is covered with flannel, when teaching quilting classes, so I put it to use for the weaving as well!!
Now that you have your sleeves cut out let's go on to the next step. Of the main fabric and of the rest cut strips width of fabric and 2 1/2 inches wide. You may just want to start with just about 10 to 15 cuts of each and then add to it if needed.
Now fold all the lengths in half long-ways and sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way down. You can do chain stitching which saves a lot of time. Chain stitching is when you sew one length after another without cutting them apart until all the lengths are sewed. You can see that is what I have done here. Once all your tubes are sewn you will need to turn them right side out and press.
Now you are ready to start weaving. Lay your first piece face down. Your ruler shows two differnt angles, 30 and 45 degrees. You choose which you would like to use. The picture on the left is the 30 degree and the one below is 45. It doesn't matter which you use.
Start lay your tube down on the back or under-side of the piece. Start by fill the piece with tubes all going in the same direction. You will want to pin the tubes at the top and at the bottom to the piece.
Now start weaving in the upper corner in the opposite direction. Weave over and under the strips you have already laid down. Make sure your next tube you are weaving is woven opposite of the first tube. Where the first goes over the next tube goes under and so on. Pin tubes in place at each side.
Once you have the weaving done in both directions trim all excess tubing around the piece. Now you are ready to stitch around the piece to hold all the weaving in place.
Stitch all around on the piece. You can see I have turned it up-side down and some of the tubing is peeking out at the top, which is good to see to make sure you catch it all. Be sure not NOT sew on your pins. If it is hard for you to catch them to pull them out sewing like this then transfer all the pins to this side.
|Piece sewed all around.|
Do this process above with both the front pieces and the back. Now you are ready to complete the jacket. Follow the jacket pattern directions from here on out. And your jacket is complete.
I finished up my jacket by laying the front woven panels on the front sides with the sleeves and top stitched down. I did the same for the back on the back sides with the sleeves.
Then I covered the raw edges by top stitching a tube made of the main color over the edges. Top stitch the tube along the edges to give it a finished look.
This weaving technique can be used in many different ways. It can be used for potholders--this might be a fun first weaving project. It can also be used on table runners, scarves. It can be use on yokes of blouses or dresses to give them a fun and different look.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a lot of fun with it. God bless!