Have you run out of loops and wondered, “how will I survive?!” Are you interested in what other fiber options are out there for weaving on your potholder loom? Look no further than this two-part online workshop recording duo with guest teacher Linda Lutomski.
Linda was curious about using yarn to make a bouncy, stretchy alternative and found that it can be done! The answer is I-cord!
What is an I-cord? It is a stretchy little tube knit from yarn and it is perfect for weaving on our potholder looms, since it has the same kind of bouncy stretch as the loops do, plus you can use wool or cotton in so many colorways.
In these two workshop recordings (originally held in May 2023), we focus on creating an I-cord on a knitting mill and then using it to weave on a loom. In workshop one, Linda shares examples for creating similar cords yourself, in preparation for workshop two, where she shows you how to use the cord on a traditional potholder loom.
The workshop recordings are designed to follow on from one another, but you are welcome to purchase just one part if you would prefer.
Purchasing these workshops will provide you with a recording of the original online event(s), which you can save and watch as many times as you like.
Materials for workshop one:
- A knitting mill. There are many types out there, but Linda recommends the PRYM white or purple version as they are well reviewed
- Yarn needle
- Chip clip or clothespin
- Rubber bands or hair elastics
- If you have a pair of socks that are no longer useable but the cuff is intact, this is useful for containing the cord. Just cut the cuff so it looks like a sweat band!
- Wool yarn or cotton - 1 skein of fine, smooth yarn with a tighter spin works best, such as this. Linda does not recommend Peaches & Creme branded cotton or similar worsted weight yarn, as it is too thick for the mill.
Materials for workshop two:
You will have enjoyed knitting a little or a ton of I-cord and are now ready to weave with it. Join Linda for workshop two for techniques and tips for connecting and managing the cord on the loom. You will need:
- At least 5 yards of I-cord, chained wool or cotton yarn
- For a traditional weave with I-cord only warp, you will need 18 or 19 traditional loops for the weft depending on your loom.
- For the hybrid pattern, 4-5 yards of I-cord and 19 traditional loops (all one color to coordinate with your I-cord, or 10 for warp and 9 for weft if you choose 2 colors like the brown and tan sample).
- yarn needle
- rubber bands or clips that you usually use for holding the potholder at bind off
- a few hair elastics if the I-cord is chunky for keeping it on the pegs.
The workshop recordings would suit weavers who already have basic potholder weaving skills.
I hope you enjoy this workshop recording duo. Your recording(s) will be emailed to you within 48 hours of purchasing this product.
Please note that workshop recordings are made available to the purchaser only and are not for resale, forwarding to others or sharing publicly in any way.