My dearest friend is going through some health issues, and so I have woven her a prayer shawl.
I wove it on my Dewberry Ridge triangle loom:
I like to work with the loom pointed up- it feels most stable that way on the easel, and I like having the widest edge being the foundation of the weaving.
I use a shed stick to do the weaving and then scoop the weft yarn through with a crochet hook.
I brought in sunflower leaves and large tree leaves, then made rubbings of them on paper with crayon.
I cut them out and pinned them to the triangle:
Then I used the Tambour technique (see LINK for video tutorial) to work the leaves onto the triangle.
I wove dragonflies on my Dragonfly Loom (LINK) and stitched them on, as she loves dragonflies.
Dragonflies are such a powerful symbol of renewal that they are perfect on a prayer shawl.
I used the 4 foot configuration, and wove and embellished 2 triangles.
I did the tambour crochet and appliqueing of the dragonflies while each triangle was still on the loom.
Then, I stitched the 2 triangles together, leaving a few inches open at the back of the neck to form a collar:
The leaves are handspun wool spun by my daughter-in-love, Alliston Findlay.
I used a combination of weaving threads, including cotton boucle and merino, to create a light and airy shawl that she’ll be able to wrap around her shoulders and have with her on her healing journey.
Woven with love in every stitch! :) <3