My Krokbragd Adventure

Until this past week my adventure in krokbragd was in full swing. There are times you have to walk away from a structure and come back to it to have a better understanding of it. I follow the krokbragd hashtag on Instagram and have been Angie Parker‘s biggest fan for a number of years so I seem to always be thinking about how to do different things with 3 picks of color.

I have done the traditional krokbragd rug many times over but this year something clicked – it probably had something to do with sitting in a house with your loom alone for days on end. My daughter was looking for a wall hanging to cover a small disaster on a living room wall so I put a longer warp on my loom and decided to play. This “playing” turned into a whole new way of thinking as far as loom set up is concerned. It began with moving two Ikea rolling carts to either side of my seat. When using 3 shuttles at a time you need a place to put them down at times. This worked for a little while but with the frequent changes of color I decided I needed more than the dozen or so bobbins I had. I ordered another 30 along with a spool rack. It’s a thing of beauty.

A couple of explanations for my weaving friends. This was a 6 yard warp of 8/2 polycotton 24 inches wide sett at 5 epi. I am using Harrisville Highland yarn for the most part but also have some cones of Collingwood rug yarn that is in the mix which gives me 21 ppi. Yes, this is a slow weave. I’m using my Macomber but honestly it is much easier to do rugs of any kind with a overhead beater. Your loom takes a beating when you make rugs. I have a barn frame loom that is much more adept at this type of weaving as well as a large, handmade Swedish type loom I am currently restoring. Next time.

I did a couple of rudimentary drawings but I never really plan on paper anything I do with krokbragd – I can waste A LOT of time with paper and pencils (I don’t use software of any kind but that’s another story). The drawings I did were a start but the number of picks I needed to get the effect I wanted was different than the plan.

The selvedges on this particular piece look like a wreck – I will have to sew in all of the ends where there are color changes – and there are a lot of color changes. I tried weaving them in but the build up of yarn on the edges was unacceptable to me. I am a master of boring, mundane tasks so this will not be a problem for me and I will be much happier in the end.

The use of 3 shuttles was initially a problem for me when I began weaving krobragd. I now keep them in front of me on the cloth. As I throw them I keep them in order – 1, 2 and 3. Once I understood how the colors worked with the treadles it became a simple task to change color and design right at the loom and keep everything in order.

The texture and hand of the finished cloth is something I just love. I am a wool person and this structure feeds into everything I love about weaving. It’s interesting and creative only limited by what yarn you have on hand.

One thought on “My Krokbragd Adventure

  1. Good to see your krokbragt work and to hear how you have adapted your set up for this style of weaving. I just borrowed the Debby Greenlaw book from my guild library and I am busting to try a sampler. I have a carriage cushion shape in mind. But there’s another warp to finish first. Isn’t that always the way?

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