Ribbon weaving has become a very popular method of embellishing areas of garments, such as pockets and yokes. The procedure used for this process is very similar to making potholders using a weaving loom that many people tried as children. Ribbon weaving is used for many projects from pillow tops, curtain tiebacks, embellishments for other projects and more, by adding color and texture where it is needed.
Ribbon weaving requires certain materials. These materials include the ribbon needed for the project, which can be basic fabric cut larger than the pattern piece, the weaving loom, the pinweaving shuttle, the pattern, the fusible interfacing and pins or tape to attach the ribbons to the loom. After collecting all the necessary materials, the weaving can begin.
The ribbon weaving procedure begins by preparing the loom. Place double-stick tape or pins on all four sides of the loom to secure the ribbons as they are placed on the loom. Next, create the warp of the pattern by placing ribbons lengthwise on the loom; attach the ribbon to the loom by sticking it against the tape or pins, cut the ribbon to fit. Repeat placing the ribbon on the loom until the frame of the loom is filled.
Leave a pinhead sized space between each ribbon to prevent having warped edges. Keep the ribbons snug, but not too tight, allowing for the ease of the weft. Secure the edges of the ribbon on the loom with scotch tape. Create the weft by making a single knotted loop through the eye of the shuttle and alternating over and under while gently moving the ribbon through the warp. Securely place the ends of the ribbon against the tape and trim the ribbon edges.
When working with many colors keeping the order can become confusing, in order to avoid this, stack the spools in order while you are weaving the ribbons then when all the colors are finished, turn the stack over and begin again. Now after working a few rows, straighten the ribbons and pull them snug against the row above.
When the weaving has finished a piece of fusible interfacing is cut to cover the entire back of the design and fused to the woven piece according to the directions of the fusible interfacing. Now carefully remove the ribbon from the loom frame, be very careful not to pull the ribbons out of alignment, and the tape can be discarded. To ensure that the ribbons do not slip loose, sew a stay stitch around the edges of the square.
As with any work, be sure to read and understand all directions before beginning. Taking this step will save time as well as insuring that the finished product will turn out a lot better than it would have otherwise.
Keep in mind that there are no rules with this process, mix colors, repeat a color pattern or vary the ribbon sizes for various finished results. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, so let it run wild.
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