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