The April 2022 Weave Along is here! Are you ready for a month-long weaving adventure?
Here are the 2 guidelines for the April 2022 Weave Along –
- All participants will start and finish a weaving project in the month of April, and
- We’ll all do it using the same pattern – a log cabin pattern!
Easy peasy, right?
April Weave Along Group
To help us stay on track and connect with each other throughout the process, I’ve set up a Facebook group specifically for us! The group will be a safe space for us to show our work, ask questions, support each other, and find inspiration. Head over to the April Weave Along Facebook Group and join us!
April Weave Along Pattern
One of our 2 guidelines for the month is that we’ll do the same pattern, which is log cabin. The beauty of this classic pattern is that you can do it on any loom – 8-shaft, 4-shaft, or rigid heddle!
The key components of a log cabin are that you use plain weave, and you alternate 2 contrasting colors in the warp and the weft. In order to change the “direction” of the block from vertical to horizontal, you simply change which color is in the lead.
Stay tuned for more about the log cabin pattern! I won’t leave you hanging, I promise!
April Weave Along Project
There are no restrictions on what you can do for the April Weave Along. The sky is the limit! Just make sure it is something you can complete in one month. Otherwise, go crazy!! Anything is fair game. There will be no weaving police watching you. So, go to town, my friend!
However, if the prospect of designing a project feels completely overwhelming, no worries! I’ve created a Acton Creative April Weave Along Project that is available to you! My project is a pair of fingertip towels in spring colors – so sweet! While the version I show includes a touch of sewing, the instructions will provide you with an alternate if you don’t have a machine or aren’t comfortable sewing.
This simple, straightforward project is sold as a kit ($40) through my local weaving store, Three Moons Fiberworks. When you purchase it (shipping is included), Rebecca will put the yarn into the mail to you and I will email you your pattern, with instructions.
The instructions will include all your dimensions/numbers, the pattern with how to weave the project, and details about how to finish it. (Please note: the kit does not include details on how to dress your loom. It is tailored to this project, only.)
The Acton Creative Insiders
So you’re reading all about the April Weave Along and thinking, “Yes, but I would like a little more, please”. Well then, I’ve got your covered! I have a monthly membership called the Acton Creative Insiders. And each member will receive a FREE copy of the Acton Creative Weave Along Project, just by being part of the membership.
AND the Patrons Plus will have access to ongoing video how-to’s throughout the month, specifically about the Acton Creative Weave Along Project! Videos will include things like, “How to Work with 2 Yarns at the Warping Board”, and “Managing 2 Shuttles”.
There is always room for you at the Acton Creative Insiders and I’d love for you to join us! Just click here to become part of the membership.
Can I do log cabin on a rigid heddle loom? Yes! Yes, you can. It’s beautiful on a rigid heddle.
What width loom do I need for the Acton Creative Weave Along Project? The project is set at 12″ wide. However, if you want to make it wider or narrower, it is simple to repeat or cut out a few inches to your desired width.
Can I use my own yarn for the Acton Creative Weave Along Project? You absolutely may use your own yarn! It would be beautiful in all sorts of colors and textures. The project is designed for carpet warp or rug warp, but you can easily substitute that with another fiber. To get access to the project plan only, you’re welcome to join the Acton Creative Insiders.
I want to participate, but don’t want to do this pattern. While I would love for you to try the pattern, there is no weaving police monitoring weavers who choose to do your own thing. This is simply meant to give you inspiration and encourage you to get weaving!
What if I get stuck during the project? You have options, my friend! First of all, there is an entire Facebook group of weavers all going through the same thing. So, reach out and ask for some feedback/suggestions/answers. It’s a fabulous and generous group who will run to your rescue, I promise! However, if you want to do things more privately, you are always welcome to reach out to me directly at email@example.com. I LOVE connecting with other weavers and will do my darnedest to help you out of your pickle!
How do I share my progress and the finished project? Please post photos of your progress and the finished project in the Facebook group. I will pull together a parade of projects at the end of the month so we can all ooh and ahh over our weaving brilliance! If you choose not to participate in the Facebook group, you are welcome to share your project with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if there’s already a project on my loom and it won’t be empty in time to participate? First of all, I love that you are working steadily on a weaving project! Yay you! While you may not be in a position to weave along, there is still value in participating in the Facebook Group. You never know what information you might learn or connections you’ll make. We’d love to have you!
I’m so excited to share this weaving adventure with you, during the month of April! My hope is that this experience will spark lots of project and weaving ideas for the future, plus introduce you to a few new weaving friends online! Cheers to you & our month-long weaving adventure! Happy Weaving!!