Weaving a healing or prayer shawl on the Cricket loom

Recently, my sister-in-law had an abscess in her brain, which is devastating and life threatening.

Her friends and family rallied around her and have formed a loving caregiving team.

I decided that as part of my caregiving, I would weave healing and prayer shawls for her and some of her closest friends.

So, I warped up the Cricket Loom from Schacht (I love this loom…. it’s beautifully engineered and weaves like a dream. It’s small enough to be portable – you can weave in the car, and big enough to handle full size projects.)

Here’s the Cricket warped up for one of the healing / prayer shawls:


I put approximately 150 inches of warp onto the loom, which is pushing the limit, but there’s a reason for that.

I used Caron Simply Soft combined with some tweed weaving thread from my stash for the warp, and the tweed thread for the weft.

I used 2 strands of yarn in each of the slots and holes. I put the tweed yarn only in the holes and the mixture of yarns in the slots.

After I wove the long strip of fabric, I folded it, and stitched the ends together like this:


This forms a long loop. Trim the excess warp strands to a few inches. If you use a sewing machine, use a zig zag stitch. If you do it by hand, work a Philipine edge first to secure the warp strands

Now, fold the ends into points:


Pin the folds in place, and sew the center seam. Stitch the ends in place, and steam and press.

Voila! a beautiful  healing or prayer shawl:


Image source: Noreen Crone-Findlay copyright



Filed under Loom & looms & small loom weaving, weaving & handwoven

18 responses to “Weaving a healing or prayer shawl on the Cricket loom

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, that’s just awful.
    How do I subscribe to this new blog?


  2. Hi Robin
    Thank you so much. We are so happy that she is recovering. We feel blessed!

    Yikes! I don’t know how the subscribe function works on WordPress! I tried clicking on the blog info button on the upper right hand corner, and it says subscribe to blog, but it took me off to an odd looking page.

    I’ll ask a friend who knows more about wordpress and get back to you, ok?

    And if anyone knows how to do it, could they please help us out? Thanks!


  3. I have a friend Hermi who loves her cricket loom too. I have an Ashford knitter’s loom and a Schacht flip, both of which I like to weave scarves/shawls on. I’ve used SWTC bamboo as warp, and a synthic mohair as weft for one and a S. Charles Venus as both warp & weft. That one turned out really slinky and rich looking. I’ve really enjoyed combining some off beat warp and weft knitting yarns for projects. I also like using crochet cotton #3 & 5 as warp and sometimes as both warp and weft. There is abit of shrinkage, but it doesn’t really affect the end result. I find I use my rigid heddle looms more than my bigger ones as they are so quick and easy to warp. LV weaver (Barbara) http://fiberinvestments.blogspot.com


  4. Hi Barbara
    The Cricket is a lovely little loom and I am really smitten with it.
    I have also parted company with all my large looms, and am a totally committed small loom weaver. The looms are small, but the projects don’t need to be!


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  6. I see that Tottie is pitching in to help you. How nice.

    I pray your s-i-l has a full recovery. Scary indeed.


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  8. Hi Eileen
    LOL ! Tottie is oh so helpful!
    and thank you so much for your kind good wishes for my beloved SIL – she is recovering, and we are so thrilled!


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  13. That looks lovely. I do hope your sister in law recovers soon.


  14. Thank you so much, Peggy.
    We are thrilled with her progress! She is recovering and that is such a joy!


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  16. Dealonnia Alberson Cook

    So sorry to hear of this devastating illness. My prayers to your family. Beautiful work. How long did it take for each project and what is a Philipine edge? Thanks


  17. Thanks so much, Dealonnia. She’s doing beautifully now, thank heavens! It takes a couple of days to weave each piece.
    The Philippine edge is a way of finishing edges by interlocking the warp ends.


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