handspun yarn, Rigid Heddle Loom, Weaving

Woven Mobius Cowl

Mobius*: It was discovered independently by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858. … Rather, mathematicians refer to the closed Möbius band as any surface that is homeomorphic to this strip. Its boundary is a simple closed curve, i.e., homeomorphic to a circle.

*Mobius Strip  – Wikipedia (2017, November 20) Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Möbius_strip

Basic directions:

Warp to length/style you desire.  See the description before each picture for these two cowls.

Weaving: Tabby weave until length desired before center/front section of finished cowl. Pull the woven piece from the front beam to lay the fringe in the warp to close the mobius strip.  I fastened the woven piece to the front beam wrapping it around and securing with large safety pins.  Be careful not to wrap around so that when it is time to take off the loom you have woven a complete circle around the beam. That would be bad, very bad.

You can now twist the length of the woven portion before weaving the final section if you want.

Weave the fringe in with the weft, one strand or a section of strands for each pick. The fringe and the weft will make a denser portion that will lay nicely at the front when wearing.

Once all of the fringe is woven in, cut off the back beam making sure to keep all the extra length of the warp to finish the fringe.

Finish the fringe how you like.

two mobius cowls

Mobius Cowl 1 (greens/purples): Handspun & Commercial yarns used: Warped 8″ wide x approx. 120″ on 8 dent reed, rigid heddle. Wound on about 20 inches to front beam for fringe, widths of weaving in reed and a bit extra for that “just in case”.  This cowl wraps double around the neck as the main body I wove 65 inches before starting center/front section. Remember that finishing the piece will result in shrinkage. I will probably make a wider fabric (12 – 15 inches) for future projects as it will just be cozier.

blue green mobius cowl

Mobius Cowl 2 (corals/pinks): Handspun & Commercial yarns used: Warped 12″ wide x approx. 72″ on 8 dent reed, rigid heddle. Wound on about 20 inches to front beam for fringe, widths of weaving in reed and a bit extra for that “just in case”.  This cowl just lays around the neck.

coral mobius cowl

This is a great project for handspun, scrap yarn and destashing.  Just have fun!

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