Designing with Log Cabin Revisited

I showed this beautiful shawl in a post a while back and recently got a comment about how it was designed. See that post from January 18, 2022. HERE

Here is a lovely photo of a fabric which might be more inspiring than a draft. This color and weave structure is called “log cabin”.

This illustration shows how the color changes are accomplished by changing the color order. Notice the two black warps and wefts are together at the boundaries of the squares.

Dorothy Burnham described the weave  in her book, Warp & Weft A Dictionary of Textile Terms : “A simple colour and weave effect is formed when warp ends and weft picks in a plain balanced tabby are alternately dark and light in colour for a certain number of threads and then reverse their order. This intriguing pattern, popularly known as “Log Cabin”, was frequently used, as in this example, for fine handspun and handwoven woollen shawls.”

4 thoughts on “Designing with Log Cabin Revisited”

  1. I find that curious and this idea engaging. When I’m in PGHW this morning, I’ll see if I can borrow it.
    Do you ever come to Philadelphia?
    Thank you!

  2. Hi Peggy
    Thank you very much for sharing the information on this design.
    Have always been fascinated with Log Cabin.

  3. Hi Peggy

    It was lovely to see that shawl again – it inspired me to have a go and in April 2022 I made a very similar one based on that. I was going to send a photo to you but this will only take text.

    Thank you for the inspiration



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