The October 2022 Weave Along is here! Are you ready for a month-long weaving adventure?
Here are the 2 guidelines for the October 2022 Weave Along –
- All participants will start and finish a weaving project in the month of October, and
- We’ll all do it using the same pattern – waffle weave!
Easy peasy, right?
October 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 October Weave Along Facebook Group and join us!
October Weave Along Pattern
One of our 2 guidelines for the month is that we’ll do the same pattern, which is waffle weave. This magical weaving pattern changes drastically once it is off the loom, creating divots just like a breakfast waffle!
The key components of a waffle weave are you thread your heddles using a point twill sequence, you use a pair of floating selvedges, and you create a square with the treadling.
Episode 110 of A Handwoven Experience talks all about waffle weave! In it, I mention Mary E. Black’s draft, which I like a lot. Here is an image for you!
October Weave Along Project
There are no restrictions on what you can do for the October 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 October Weave Along Kit that is available to you! My project is a pair of small towels in warm, fall colors!
This simple, straightforward project is sold as a kit ($45) through my local weaving store, Three Moons Fiberworks. When you purchase it, Rebecca will put the yarn into the mail to you and I will email you the project plan.
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.)
Pick up your kit for the Acton Creative April Weave Along Project right here!
Small Group Zoom Calls
If you like a more personal touch to keep you on track, join us for the weekly Small Group Zoom Calls! These Zoom calls happen each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CST, and the topics will reflect the homework for each week:
Week 1 – Planning your project & Gathering your materials
Week 2 – Dressing your loom
Week 3 – Weaving
Week 4 – Weaving & Finishing
Each call is $25, or participate in all 4 for $90! Click here to reserve the entire month. Otherwise, click above on the week you are interested in attending. I can’t wait to see you there!
The Acton Creative Insiders
As a hefty bonus for my Acton Creative Insiders, each member at the Boat Shuttle Tier ($10/month) and above will receive a FREE copy of my project plan! Just insert your own yarn to be off and weaving!
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 waffle weave on a rigid heddle loom? Yes, kind of. My understanding is that you can create a waffle weave effect on a rigid heddle loom. For the purposes of the October Weave Along, simply find something similar and away you go!
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 8/4 cotton, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 October! 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!!