New woven vest with hood

Several months ago, a young woman looked at my woven vests, and then asked if I could weave a vest with a hood on it.

I’d never thought of that… but decided that it was a very good idea indeed!

I’ve been mulling it over, and wove up some fabric for it.

I wanted to add a narrow band that would go up the fronts and around the opening of the hood.

On the Saori group on Ravelry, there is an ongoing conversation about weaving with 7 warp strands.

Well, why not?

So…. I choose 7 different yarns/threads for my warp:

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Because I love weaving little square motifs, I combined sock yarns, embroidery floss and various yarns and threads while weaving clasped weft technique.

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I wove the band on my Saori loom.

When I finished, the narrow band was just slightly short of 9 yards long.

Golden retrievers are so gracious about modelling!

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I didn’t use a pattern.

I just draped the fabric on myself and on ‘Patient Zillah’, the mannequin I made from cardboard and wood:

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When the hood is down, it gives a lovely shawl collar.


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I decided against stitching a button on, and just pin it closed.


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Wow… I look so cross-eyed!Β  (My husband thinks I should have let him take the pictures LOL)


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The navy blue edging is spool knitted cord.

There is a problem with this new vest.  😦

I was planning on selling it, but I have fallen in love with it, so, I am clutching it to my heart, and it stays with me πŸ™‚







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19 responses to “New woven vest with hood

  1. You are sooooo beautiful Noreen!
    Love the vest. It’s perfect on you!


  2. kesam katz

    I do love your woven vest –I especially like the idea of the hood being worn as a collar–I am not a hoodie person,but would love to wear this beauty.


  3. Caroline

    WOW! Noreen that is stunning – such lovely colours…..catwalk style!!!!
    Hugs xx


  4. WOW! I love this! πŸ™‚


  5. Elisabeth toutant

    What a masterpiece!!Looks so good on you!!!It truely is a “KEEPER”!


  6. How beautiful! The colours and design are very reminiscent of traditional Guatemalan weaving. I guess there is a sisterhood among weavers the world over.


  7. Hi Noreen, I am so happy that I discovered your blog! I recently started weaving and got into some problems with cuting etc..and I found solutions here. Your blog is great help for any weaver.
    I have finished yesterday one sliveless top for my daughter but I think it’s a bit narow. Any solutions to get some space on sides? It’s her birthday and I wanted it to be perfect!


    • Hi Sandra
      I am pleased that my blog is useful for you πŸ™‚

      If you need to make the sleeveless top larger, simply cut open the side seams and insert narrow bands of woven fabric. Works like a charm.

      Happy weaving!


      • Sandra

        That’s great Idea, only it takes some time again to set up loom again, warp etc..How do you do these small pieces? On a regular loom or you have some small for quick set up? Also, one more question for future calculations, how much wider you usualy set up your warping not to end up like me with narrow cloths?
        Thank you so much for all advices again


  8. carlaburke

    I love this! It is just so cute, & I love that you did it in all one piece… But, exactly how DID you ‘origami’ it? I don’t have much right now, in the way of space (or $$, for that matter!) and I’d love to make a couple of these, for my (mid-teen) girls! One runs & walks, the other spends a lot of Friday nights in the chill of the school’s football field bleachers. I have some fleece that might get them through for a while, if you’re willing to share your origami method.
    Thanks, either way, though. I love your blog, & would love to have a big loom, but must (for now) stick to lap size projects.


    • Hi Carla
      Thank you πŸ™‚ Actually, I didn’t do it all in one piece… I cut and folded several pieces and stitched them all together. I wove several different narrow bands of fabric and joined them lengthwise, and then pinned and stitched, and snipped and stitched, and un-stitched and re-stitched! LOL! I draped it on myself and on my cardboard mannequin, so there is no pattern- sorry.
      If you would like actual patterns for vests and capelets that you can weave on small looms, then take a look at my patterns on
      Happy weaving! πŸ™‚
      I guess I should design a hoodie vest for the potholder loom!


      • carlaburke

        Bwahahaha!! Now I can see why it was hard to tell how you did it! I feel better now, about not being able to figure it out. But, you realize… Now, I’ll see it as a challenge to find a way to do it, all in one piece. πŸ˜‰ Already mentally working on it!



  9. carlaburke

    Hi Noreen!
    Wow, I just found you, & in just one post, I’ve decided, great blog, great project, & I want more! Lol
    One question, though – would you mind sharing your ‘origami’ method? If not, I understand. I just want to make a couple of them in fleece (it’s what I have on hand, which means I can afford it) for my teen girls. One walks & runs, the other spends lots of Friday nights in the school football bleachers, in rather chilly weather, but neither wants to be over-heated or weighed down by a full jacket, & they get tired of wearing the same hoodies, all the time. I think this may be the perfect solution!


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