The Four Best Weaving Techniques to Use with Chunky Yarn

I'm continuing my series about weaving with chunky yarn. All of the yarn that I am using is from Love Fest Fiber's amazing weaving pack... which just launched today! A fwe months ago they contacted me to ask for some insight into creating a weaver's pack. The colors are amazing and the amounts will last you for multiple tapestry designs. I can't say enough about the quality of this material!

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Here are FOUR of my favorite techniques to use with chunky yarn. Which is your favorite?

Weaving Chunky Yarn Tutorial

Number one is a floating twill. This means that the yarn floats over six rows and then tabby woven over six rows. By stacking the sequence one warp string to the right for each row it creates a diagonal pattern. This technique really helps the cunky yarn stand out because while it is floating there are no warp strings hiding the texture of the material. 

You can learn more about twill pattern designs in my intermediate online weaving video class right HERE.

Weaving with Chunky Yarn Tutorial

Number two is a regular soumak technique. This method wraps the yarn over 2-3 warp strings before tucking them backwards behin 1-2 warp strings and then over 2-3 again. When you complete multiple rows going in opposite directions it creates a braided effect. This technique is often seen using loosely spun roving... but I love it even more with chunky yarn because I know the fibers are solidly spun and won't snag or come apart as easily.

You can learn more about the soumak technique in my beginning online weaving video class right HERE.

Weaving with Chunky Yarn Tutorial

Number three is a knotted tabby. For this technique you simply tie a knot with the chunky weft after plain tabby across 4-8 warp strings. I love using Love Fiber Fest's felted yarn for this technique because it makes the bumps of the knots stand out even more. They are crisp and smooth. 

Weaving with Chunky Yarn Tutorial

Number four is possibly my favorite. Organic loops are created when you finish one weft row and then go back to pull out individual loops with your fingers so that they aren't uniform. The effect is very organic and natural. It works amazing with Love Fest Fiber corespun yarn becuase even though its thick it is stilll incredibly soft and pliable. Yummm-my.

10 Inspirational Tapestries Using Thick, Chunky Yarn

10 Ways to Use Chunky Yarn in Tapestries

Today is the launch of Love Fest Fiber's weaving packs, and I'm so excited! They specialize in hand spun and hand felted yarns using a mixture of Alpaca and recyled water bottles.... amazing! 

To celebrate the launch of their new packs I'm showcasing some inspiration and tutorials about how to use chunky yarn in weaving. It can be daunting but I love the thick shapes. Here are a few of my favorite tapestries using chunky yarn, with the artists credited below.

Artist: hello hydrangea

Artist: hello hydrangea

I used Love Fest Fiber yarn for this weave and will be teaching each technique! Check back on Saturday for the full tutorial.

Artist: WovenLaine

Artist: WovenLaine

Chunky yarn isn't the best for detail designs... but these bold triangles and colorblocked background by WovenLaine are perfect!

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

One river of chunky yarn flowing through the length of the tapestry with a smaller plain weave as the background.

Artist: All Roads

Artist: All Roads

I love the protruding loops at the ends of each chunky row... and isn't it the perfect surface for some gold leaf!?

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

Chunky yarn works great as loops! It may take a bit of wrestling, if your yarn is extra stiff, but oh man, the texture is worth it.

Artist: Smile and Wave

Chunky yarn = chunky knots. Need I say more??

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

A few stripes with different widths of yarn are always a bold statement.

Chunky is to colorblock, what chocolate sauce is to ice cream. I love the mixture of thin yarns above and below this block of chunky. 

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

Artist: Hello Hydrangea

Chunky yarn can be loosely pulled here and there for an organic bumpy element. 

Artist: Maryanne Moodie

Chunky yarn has completely different effects bassed on the method you use. I love the progression of organized to organic with these three tapestries!

How to Add Fabric to Weaving

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If you've been following me for a while, you know how much I love to add extra Embellishments to my work. They are usually vintage/found beads, trim or stones from around the world. I love that they add to the story of my pieces, beyond my own designs.

Adding fabric is definitely an an unconventional embellishment to tapestries... but that's what I love about it. It's raw and unexpected! It may not fit with everyone's style, but I wanted to share for the people who are curious and have been asking me questions. Tutorials are one of my favorite ways to spread the weaving fever!

hello hydrangea add fabric weaving tutorial

The first step is to cut your fabric into the shape that you want it to be on your tapestry. This requires preparing the length of your tapestry to be the same as your fabric swatch while warping, if it needs to work into your design.

hello hydrangea add fabric weaving tutorial

Once your fabric is cut, use it as a template to weave the same shape on your loom. Yes, this backing will get covered up... yes it is required to do even though your hard work will get cover d up (remind yourself that it's for the sake of quality!)... and yes, use a color/material of yarn that you don't mind getting rid of. It won't be seen after all!

hello hydrangea add fabric weaving tutorial

Now finish most, if not the rest, of your tapestry. I've found that it's easier to add the fabric after all of your rows are in place instead of trying to work around the attached fabric.

hello hydrangea add fabric weaving tutorial

When you are ready to add your fabric lay it on top of the woven backing. I prefer to attach it around the edges using a blanket stitch. You can use thread/yarn that is the same color as the fabric for minimal contrast. Tie a knot onto a warp string to hold the stitch in place and tuck the tail. Guide your needle up through the back of the tapestry, about 1/2" from the edge of the fabric. Before pulling the thread tight, guide your needle back through the loop that is created before pushing it up through the back of the tapestry again. 

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Continue along the entire perimeter of the fabric. If you run out of thread, use the weavers knot to add more and tuck the tails. If you get to a corner, complete the stitch as normal... it will work just fine.

hello hydrangea add fabric weaving tutorial

If you attempt this technique please tag me and use #welcometoweaving! Want to learn more? Check out my complete video weaving courses for beginners or intermediate level weavers below! This is a fairly advanced method because you need to know all of the basics of tapestry weaving such as warping, tabby weave, making shapes, twining curves and any other techniques to finish your tapestry.  If you want to learn how to weave so that your tapestries are well-made and easier to finish you can find all of my tricks and tips in any of my classes!