Picking up the Pick-Up Stick

I don't know why this scares me, but I've warped the RH to make four placemats using pick-up stick techniques -- something I've never attempted before. (I've done pick-up weaves on my inkle loom, but that's pretty tiny and there's not twisting involved. I, also, want to try out some Brook's Bouquet and Leno while I'm tackling my pick-up stick phobia.


Posted on Tue, 10/18/2011 - 14:55

I'm becoming a big fan of woven lace, so I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures of your Brook's Bouquet and Leno...(so far I've only tackled Huck)

Good luck weaving pick-up!


Posted on Tue, 10/18/2011 - 15:34

they open up so  many possibilities on the rigid heddle loom. I also love the lace weaves - I posted a cotto-lin project I did with some lace techniques on it - are super fun. I had done several of the lace techniques with needle and thread in embroidery work so was very excited to learn I could do them on the loom.  Good luck and banish this spook.



Posted on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 23:23

I like this.  I think I should have used a thicker yarn for the pickup rows. I did use a thicker yarn for the medallions.


Posted on Thu, 10/20/2011 - 13:32

I've decided to make each of the four placemats using different techniques, but using the same yarns so they'll coordinate. The next one, I think will have Leno combined with medallions (I really like those).

Posted on Wed, 10/26/2011 - 01:42

Do you every have an "aha" moment when you're nowhere near your loom? I was riding home with my husband when the lightbulb went off that I had probably miscalculated the center of my placemat. Sure enough. When I got home I realized I had forgotten to include the hems when figuring when to start the pattern on the other end of my placemat number one. Luckily, I only had to "un-weave" one row of medallions and three rows of pickup weave and an inch of plain weave. I didn't set the shuttle down for the night until I had "caught back up" to where I was before my setback. The first placemat is done. I've woven an inch of waste yarn and the hem for placemat No. 2. Hmm. I think I'll do some pickup weave with a thick yarn or triple my 3/2 cotton. Decisions. Decisions.

Posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 02:35

I've finished mat number two and in the process I learned to do a Leno lace pattern. This is so easy, I can't believe I hadn't tried it before.

Posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 18:03

Here's the results for Mat No. 3:  I like Brooks Bouquet and I don't like "reverse weaving" leno.  I had several unacceptable design decisions making this one, but I'm pretty happy with the final layout.



Posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 18:23

the look of trellis hemstitch although ladder hemstitch is nice too - both give a nce open weave.


Posted on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 01:55

Finished my Halloweave Dare project!  The last one included hemstitching, Danish Medallions and Pickup stick. 

Posted on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 02:07

I really like doing the hemstitching, too.  This was a great learning experience for me, and the timeline really pushed me to accomplish it and not set it aside till I felt "comfortable."