Yarnworker's Winter 2018 weave-along has concluded. Thanks to all for weaving along! 

You are welcome to register for a small fee, review all the material, and see the questions that have been asked and answered, although I won't be answering any new questions.

Please join us for a future weave-along. They are free while active and always free for 
patrons of the Yarnworker School.

Here is more information about weave-alongs generally and this weave-along specifically. 

Weave-Alongs offer an opportunity for you to weave a published pattern in the company of your fellow weavers. As your host, I'll be offering tips videos, supplemental handouts, resources, and act as the head cheerleader. 

A big shout out to all the patrons, the Yarnworker School's booster community, who have kept these weave-alongs FREE!* Over 1,200 weavers have registered in the new platform to weave-along, and this is only possible because of patron support. 

For more information about the school, weave-alongs, and how to become a patron, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on my website. 

Heddles up!


Cover Photo Courtesy of F+W/Interweave

About the Project

We will be weaving the Hudson Bay Inspired Throw from Handwoven Home. This project is inspired by the iconic Hudson Bay Blanket. You can read more about this iconic blanket on wikipedia.

If you are interested in a video that demonstrates how to warp and weave doubleweave using the direct warping method using a warping peg, check out my Interweave video workshop, DoubleYour Fun. For the indirect warping method using a warping board, check out Slots and Holes: 3 Ways to Warp a Rigid-Heddle Loom.

How Weave-Alongs Work

Each week, I'll provide tips to supplement the published pattern information. As always, this is a go-at-your-own pace experience. If you are chomping at the bit and want to get started, then dive right in. If you feel like you would benefit from seeing the tips associated with each week before proceeding to the next step, then you may want to weave-along with the schedule. 

You can ask questions by popping into the discussion section. I check in at least once a day, Monday-Friday andoccasionally on weekends. I take most Sundays off from screens. For more information about using this platform, check out tips for navigating the school in the header of theschool page. 

Skill Level: Intermediate

This weave-along is designed for an intermediate weaver. I assume that you have already woven a few projects, can warp your loom without assistance, have a basic understanding of weaving terminology, and long warps don’t intimidate you. That said, don’t be afraid to jump in! You don’t know whatyou can’t do until you try, and that’s what weave-alongs are all about. Lurkers are always welcome, armchair weaving counts!


February 14: Registration link available; welcome information and orientation; tips on modifying thepattern, thoughts on direct vs. indirect warping, tips for managing the fold.

February 21: Get Warped! Thoughts ondifferent heddle blocks on various loom types—Schacht Flip and Cricket, Ashford, and Kromski looms—as they related to heddle positioning during warping and weaving. 

March 2: Let's Weave: Troubleshooting crossed threads, weaving the header, more thoughts onmanaging the fold, weaving the short stripes. I’ll be traveling to teach at SheepThrills February 24-25 and may be a little slower than usual responding to questions. This week only, I will post the weaving videos on Friday instead of Wednesday.

March 7: Finish Strong: Removing the header and fixing/ignoring mistakes.

March 14: Show and Tell!

Yarn and Loom Requirements

Yarn: 2-ply wool (874 yd/lb); shown inCascade Yarns Ecological Wool (100% wool, 478yd/8-3/4 oz skein).

Equipment: Rigid-heddle loom with a 24″weaving width; two 5-dent rigid heddles; four stick shuttles; two26'' pick-up sticks.

If you don’t plan on using the recommended yarn or sett, I have provided some tips for modifying the pattern during the registration period. Register and check out the tips in the first chapter. See page 118 of Handwoven Home for more information on selecting yarns and choosing setts for doubleweave. 

Cotton Clouds has put together a kit in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece that will weave well in an alternate sett of 16—two 8-dents, 8 e.p.i. perlayer. (Patrons, check out this post to get a discount code.) 

Thanks again to the Yarnworker Patrons who make the Yarnworker School of Weaving possible.

Let's weave doubleweave!


*Weave-alongs are free for everyone while they are active through the three-month grace period after the weave-along has ended. A small fee will be assessed to register andview the information three months after the close of the weave-along.I won't be answering any questions in detail after the weave-along has finished. You are welcome to register for free during the grace period, or for a small fee after the grace period is over, to access the information. 

The Four Looks Towels weave-along, our first in this platform, will always be free and all weave-alongs will always be free forever to patrons who make the weave-alongs possible!  

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Hudson Bay Inspired Doubleweave Throw Weave-Along

    • Welcome and Orientation

    • Adding Fishing Line at the Fold

    • Tips for Modifying the Throw

    • Quick Tip for Winding Wide, Long, Chunky Warps

    • Geeking Out on Warping: Direct or Indirect?

    • A Note on Progress Feature

    • Questions Asked and Answered

    • Finished Projects Gallery

  • 2

    Week Two: Warping Tips posted on WEDNESDAY February 21 by 12 pm MST

    • Welcome to Week Two

    • Schacht Flip Heddle Placement

    • Threading the Optional Fishing Line

    • Threading Two Heddles on a Cricket

    • Ashford Knitters Loom Heddle Placement

    • Kromski Harp Heddle Placement

    • Checking for Crossed Threads and Tying On

    • Warping Resources

  • 3

    Week Three: Weaving Tips Posted FRIDAY March 2 by 12 pm MST

    • Welcome to Week Three!

    • Weaving the Header

    • Placing the Pick-Up Sticks Error Free

    • Securing the Pick-Up Sticks

    • Taking the Pattern for a Test Drive

    • Managing the Fold

    • Weaving the Short Stripes + Kromski Heddle Manament

    • Weaving Doubleweave on a Cricket

    • Ashford Knitters Loom Heddle Positions

    • A Hack for the Kromski

    • Weaving Resources + Errata

  • 4

    Week Four: Finishing Tips Posted on WEDNESDAY March 7 by 12 pm MST

    • Removing the Header

    • Fixing Floats and Thoughts on Wet Finishing

    • Resources

  • 5

    Week Five: Show and Tell

    • A Few Final Tips For Weaving Off Your Blanket

    • Show an Tell and Where We Go From Here

    • Thanks for Weaving Along

About the instructor

Liz Gipson

Yarn is a big part of who I am—growing it, spinning it, and then making it do tricks, particularly the over/under kind (i.e. weaving). Passing this love on to newcomers is what makes my heart happy. I spend my days weaving, writing about weaving, teaching others to weave, and enjoying this thing called life.I host Yarnworker, a site for rigid-heddle know-how and inspirations. I dream-up, films, edit, and hosts the courses myself from my home in central, New Mexico. To learn more about me and the Yarnworker community, visit yarnworker.com