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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rigid Heddle Weaving - Newsboy Cap

Newsboy Cap

I loved this cap when I saw it. It's offered as a free, downloadable pattern on Waffle Patterns. Although my sewing skills are pretty basic, the cap was surprisingly easy to make. I made the smaller size and found it a perfect fit.

As for the fabric, I wanted a small check or plaid for this project. I played around with colors and designs on the free online plaid maker at PlaidMaker.  What a fun and addictive program! I found myself lost in a world of plaids. I ended up choosing a warping pattern of 4 dark gray, 4 light gray, and 2 red. This was repeated across the warp. The weft was a mirror image - 4 picks dark gray, 4 light gray, and 2 red, repeated throughout the weft.

Project details:

I used remnants of worsted weight wool yarn from my stash to weave this fabric.  
Size 7.5 heddle
Warp length 65”
Warp width 19”
Weaving length 52”

Before cutting, I back my fabric with ShapeFlex, a lightweight fusible (JoAnn Fabrics.)  This stabilizes the woven fabric so that you can cut and sew without worry of raveling.