Startup Sampler

Multi-Shaft Weaving Sampler

This handwoven shawl pattern is featured in the “Multi-Shaft Weaving Basics” course.

Plain weave and twill sampler on a 4-shaft loom. Explore the incredible variety of textures, designs, and colour patterns that are possible with just four shafts and four colours! Here we use a DK weight yarn to play with plain weave, simple twills, and basketweave.


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  • Warp: Approximately 160 yards of SweetGeorgia Yarns BFL+Silk DK (247 yd / 226 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 75% Bluefaced Leicester wool, 25% Silk). Shown here with Ginger (100 yards), Arbutus (20 yards), Cayenne (20 yards), Deep Cove (20 yards).

  • Weft: Approximately 180 yards of SweetGeorgia Yarns BFL+Silk DK (247 yd / 226 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 75% Bluefaced Leicester wool, 25% Silk). Shown here in Ginger, Arbutus, Cayenne, and Deep Cove, changing randomly when changing weave structures.


  • Finished, Blocked Dimensions: 6.7 inches (17 cm) wide x 45 inches (114 cm) long.


  • Equipment: 4-shaft loom with a minimum 26-inch (66 cm) weaving width, 10-dent reed

  • Tools: 1 shuttle, warping board, reed hook, heddle hook, tapestry needle, measuring tape

  • Weave Structure: plain weave, twill, basketweave

  • Warp Length: approximately 2 yards (183 cm) includes about 20 inches of loom waste

  • Warp Ends: 80

  • Ends Per Inch (EPI): 10 EPI

  • Picks Per Inch (PPI): 10 PPI

  • Width in Reed: 8 inches (20 cm)


Use this project to play with a variety of weave structures that are possible on a 4-shaft loom threaded in this way. Then use your results to design your own cloth!

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