Another woven Gypsy Jacket done

I decided it was time to finish weaving the pieces for the new Saori style Gypsy jacket and get stitching them together.

So… I pulled the plug out and got to work.

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Which pleased Ms Kitty enormously.

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I like to do most of the stitching by hand, but do re-enforce the back neck edge with machine stitching, as it takes the lion’s share of the weight of the jacket.

After 2 days of stitching away on the jacket, I thought… oh oh… what if I don’t like the jacket…. or what if it doesn’t fit?

I assumed that since the first woven jacket fits just fine, that this one would, too…. and then had the ‘yikes’ about it….

It fits the furgrandkid beautifully, with a little room to spare…

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At firstΒ  I thought that the new jacket was a little shorter than I wanted it to be…. but, my husband disagrees…. he thinks it’s just the right length.

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If I do decide to add more length to the hem, it’s easily done. Just weave up a band, and stitch it on.

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Alright… this jacket is done… now back to work on the new book! πŸ™‚

The pattern for this jacket is based on pattern # 51 in the Saori pattern book – available from your favorite Saori weaving studio.



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

26 responses to “Another woven Gypsy Jacket done

  1. Sharon

    That is SO LOVELY! Where is the pattern or instructions> Also what is the new book about?



  2. Hi Sharon
    Thank you πŸ™‚ The inspiration for the jacket began as pattern #51 in the Saori Pattern Book available from
    I’ve adjusted and adapted the pattern. I used 6 different looms for the jacket.
    The new book is a book of small loom weaving and I am loving working on it!
    I’ll be talking about it more as I get closer to the release date. πŸ™‚


  3. Noreen,
    that is lovely. I found a new loom at the thrift store. I am seeing some weaving in my future.


  4. Charlotte

    Love that jacket! The colors are me, he, he! Is your next book about weaving? No matter, I can hardly wait!


    • Hi Charlotte
      Thank you so much! I am feeling called to weave a black and white one now.
      And, yes, the new book is about small loom weaving, and the projects and techniques are seriously scrumptious and FUN!!! BUT…. I have to stop weaving jackets and get back in gear on the book LOL! πŸ™‚


  5. It is a toy plastic loom, it looks interesting, it has a little plastic piece that flips to change the shed. It is a bit flimsy but I like the design. Looking forward to the new book.


  6. Noreen, that is gorgeous. Are you going to take a picture of you wearing it? I’d love to see it on you.

    I want to make one similiar for Sarah’s grad, coming up in June. I ordered the book from Terri today. I’ve spun up almost 2 kgs of silk and merino yarn in green, red and lavender and I’m ready to share the weaving with Sarah on some rigid heddle looms and her new-to-her Master weaver loom.

    Love your colour choices in this one and the red jacket. Its inspirational.


    • Hi Chris
      Thank you so much! I’ll get Jim or DS Or DIL to take pics of me in the jackets. It’s so much easier to just pop them onto Patient Zillah, and let her model them for me! LOL
      The pattern book is great…. but the lack of English in it has me stumped on one or two of the designs πŸ˜€
      Your colors sound exquisite! I am looking forward to seeing your photos!!!
      Thank you again for your kind comment! πŸ™‚


  7. I love the way your Gypsy Jacket turned out! I’m also looking forward to that new book!


  8. Nancy

    Hi Noreen, You are so talented! I love the colors and cut of the jacket. It is perfect for casual and dressy so you will enjoy it for years to come.


    • Thanks so much, Nancy! It was just so much fun to weave and make. It is one of those garments that really can go almost anywhere. Well… I won’t be wearing it in the woodworking shop for a few years, but you know what I mean! LOL


  9. Alice

    Lovely is all I can say. The length of the jacket is fine.


  10. Wendy

    The jacket looks simply splendid! Your weaving is great but also your skill at picking and blending colors is truly spectacular. I wish I loved near enough to you to see you wear it and hear Jim and his group perform. But alas, east is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet. Perhaps there will be a future convention we can get together at and share a cup of tea.
    By the way, the furgrandkid looks quite fetching in the jacket, though I would have rather seen a shot of you wearing it. But Miss Kitty looks positively demonic.


    • Hi Wendy
      And thank you! thank you!
      Grandfurkid is quite used to modeling now, as her mamma has her modeling on a regular basis! And I agree- Ms Kitty does look rather suspicious, doesn’t she? eep!
      Yes, it would be lovelier to live closer! I think that I just need to come to NYC more often! πŸ™‚


  11. Bonnie Hayes

    Do you weave 24/7? You get stuff done so fast.

    Lovely job, well done!! Love the colors!


  12. Hi Bonnie
    Pretty much – I kinda work all the time….
    and thanks re: color comment πŸ™‚


  13. Chris Vittori

    Noreen this is lovely. I have a small hand loom (14 X 20) and wish I could do a jacket. Not enough practice I guess. Thanks for posting this, it gives people like me hope!


  14. Aleksa

    Oh! So beautiful. The colours are incredibly organic and flowing and wonderful.


  15. Thank you so much, Aleksa! Chloe spotted right away that I was thinking of the ocean when I wove this jacket! It is wonderfully comfortable, and a pleasure to wear, and really does feel very organic! πŸ™‚


  16. Mo

    OM! You are showin me so much right now watching you on youtube


  17. Pingback: The story of my Saori loom and a new shirt for my husband | Tottie Talks Crafts Blog

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