My good friend Anne Weil of Flax and Twine
just released the most lovely book chock-full of weaving projects! Weaving is something I have yet to master but I’m certainly going to be trying my hand at a few of her projects! The book it titled Weaving Within Reach: Beautiful Woven Projects by Hand or by Loom
. I love the variety she offers in the book, from home decor to accessories, there is something for everyone. I’m thrilled to be able to share one of my favorite projects from the book, the Velvet Ribbon Bolster Pillow. This is such a lovely way to jazz up a traditional throw pillow.
Try the project and make sure to grab a copy of Anne’s beautiful book!
Velvet Ribbon Bolster Pillow
Not all basket weaving needs to be completely utilitarian. Go with the unexpected and use luxurious velvet ribbon and this traditional cane-weaving pattern to embellish a bolster pillow in a most beautiful way.
SKILL LEVEL Intermediate
TIME REQUIRED 5 hours
TECHNIQUES • Cane weaving pattern, instructions follow
MATERIALS & TOOLS
• 25 yd (23m) of ⅜” (1cm) velvet ribbon
• 6″ × 16″ (15cm × 40.5cm) neck-roll pillow or bolster form
• 1″ × 6″ (2.5cm × 15cm) piece of paper
• Embroidery or sewing thread in coordinating color
• Scissors, tape measure, straight pins, sewing needle
• 18″ (45.5 cm) long, 6″ (15cm) in diameter
1. Cut 6 lengths of ribbon that each measures 47″ (119cm), and group them into 3 pairs.
2. Find the middle of one pair of ribbons. Lay the ribbons vertically and parallel to one another, 1″ (2.5cm) apart, with their middle lying across the end of the bolster. Use a 1″ × 6″ (2.5cm × 15cm) piece of paper to help with spacing. Pin these ribbons into place at the seam on the bolster end, the circumference seam (A).
3. Lay the middle of a second pair of ribbons on top of the bolster end at approximately a 45-degree angle to the first pair so that the ends continue around the circumference seam 1″ (2.5cm) apart (B). Pin
4. Weave the next pair of parallel ribbons at an angle under and over each of the 4 pinned ribbons (C). The ribbons you are weaving should catch in the “V”s of the other ribbons so they don’t slide around. The shape should create a hexagon in the center (D).
5. Bring the ends of the first pair of ribbons around the length of the pillow to meet each other and pin them into place, overlapping the cut ends (E). Repeat with the second pair of ribbons so that they
overlap the first pair at the other end; pin them into place.
6. Bring the third pair around to pin, but weave the end of the ribbons under and over the ribbons
already secured to the pillow, as in step 4 (F). Secure all ribbons to the circumference seam with pins,
maintaining 1″ (2.5cm) spacing.
7. Check to make sure woven pattern is correct on both sides, the ribbons are 1″ (2.5cm) apart, and the tension on the ribbons around the pillow is as desired (tight, but not compressing the pillow). Fold one cut end of each ribbon over ¼” (6mm) and secure the folded end to the ribbon below it with needle and thread, maintaining its tension around the pillow (G). Trim the ribbon ends underneath the sewn fold to ¼” (6mm). Repeat for the 5 remaining ribbons.