Hand woven shawl, poncho, wrap???

I had this fabric sitting around and wasn't sure what to do with it. Yesterday, inspiration struck, I tried some pinning, then some sewing and finished up with a beautiful, warm and drapey garment that I'm quite taken with!

Here is the back view.

I said to my husband "if I was thinner I could wear it with a belt". He said "wear the belt anyway". Awesome husband :) 

It's a versatile piece - it can be a wrap, a poncho, a shawl, it's pretty cool!

And what would a photo shoot be without Lou (aka Noodleberry).

I posted the garment on Facebook and a lot of people want details, so I will try to recall what I can!

The cloth: Woven in 2 panels 140cm x 50cm (one panel was slightly longer)
Both panels were hemstitched on the loom.
I used 4ply merino (grey) and my hand dyed handspun in the warp for the stripes.
I used a 10 dent heddle on my rigid heddle loom.

The construction: I lay one panel on top of the other. Taking the top panel, I made a full twist in it (like a mobius scarf). Woven fabric is reversible, so both sides look good, major bonus ;)
Leaving a neck hole, I pinned the panels so that they would be joined for 24cm. I tried it on numerous times, adjusting the pins to get a good fit. Then I sewed the panels together on the sewing machine, pressed the seams open, then topstitched the seams down to strengthen them. 
Apart from wet finishing the fabric and cutting the fringe straight with a rotary cutter, that's about it.

If you have more questions, ask away!


Sue Elvis said...


I love your poncho/wrap/shawl! You must be so pleased with it. Your own design!

Nanna Chel said...

Kelly, it looks so very warm apart from being very versatile as well. You should put the photo on the DTE forum as I am sure there would be a lost of interest there as well.

Kelly Casanova said...

I am very pleased, thank you Sue :)

Kelly Casanova said...

Thanks for that encouragement Nanna Chel, that is a good idea.

sharine said...

Very clever and it looks wonderful on you:)

Kelly Casanova said...

Thank you Sharine!

Nell said...

It looks beautiful Kelly! Now you really are making me want a bigger knitters loom!

Kelly's hand woven, perfectly hemmed technique.

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