I hope that I am not totally alone among the multicraftual knitters out there in really genuinely worrying about the emotional impact of my neglect on my lesser-loved hobbies. I would feel less crazy if I had company.

I really like weaving. It's fun. Handwoven fabric is amazing. It eats through my yarn stash at a very satisfying rate, and that makes me happy. But, for whatever reason, I just forget to do it. That is one reason that when I plan my gift crafting, I include woven projects. The other reason is because it's way fast, and I know myself well enough to expect at least some procrastination. 

These woven zipper pouches were gifts for my daughter's kindergarten teacher and classroom aide. Both women are really wonderful influences on my kid, for very different reasons, and I wanted to show my appreciation by putting a little extra time into their Christmas gifts.

I used a skein of my own hand dyed sock yarn, in a colourway I named after the most beautiful place I have ever been. I miscalculated a bit on the amount of yarn needed for warp, but managed to get enough fabric for 2 squarish bits about 11"x11". Before cutting the fabric, which could easily unravel due to the superwash wool content, I ran a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine beside any intended cuts. It was rather like steeking knitting, actually. After that, I simply sewed flat bottomed lined zipper pouches (just google that if you're interested in a pattern, I didn't follow anything specific). I lined one with pretty quilting cotton, and the other with a sturdier decor weight sample.

A few tips for working with shifty sock yarn weight woven fabric:

  • treat it like a stretchy knit. 
  • use a heavier weight lining for structure and body.
  • use lightweight, sew-in interfacing, on the woven fabric side of your work rather than the lining. It keeps the seams and corners in order, without limiting the motion and softness that makes your fabric special.

Have you ever cut into your handwoven fabric? It's so worth it! I dare you to try.

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