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Pampa weaving tutorial part I

Well, this is the first approach to a very difficult tutorial to making pampa weaving.

I hope it clear enough to try if not let me know what you don’t understand to answer especifically…


This first part is dedicated to the WARP and HEDDLE, and in the next ones we are going to see how to weave it.

Enjoy it!


First we are going to choose a design or in how many pairs we are going to work.

If, for example our design is formed by 44 threads (visually) as this is a circular technique we are going to make the warp in pairs; 44 pairs of the thread we have chosen for the base color and 44 pairs in a contrast color (or more than one, divided). Then you can add more threads in the edges to make a frame to this design… and always the last threads have to coincide with the color of the base and weft if not it doesn’t look ok.


The warp is made in « eight » that means, we have to pass the thread: first under the first stick and over the second but always over the two superior parts of the loom to return in the back part and star the second part of the first pair going over the first stick and under the second one but always passing over the two superior of the loom. Once you have completed this procedure you have to repeat it up to complete the number of pairs chosen. Try to have a good concentration in this step. Of course it’s always possible to save some mistakes and for example if you realize you have passed one (or more) pairs in the wrong order you can take the stick off up to the thread and change the order but you would have to make the same with the next ones…

Make first the main color and when you finish pass the others in order… that means one pair in base color one pair in contrasting one.

The warp DSCN9996

THE HEDDL   E                   DSCN0018DSCN0130

Once you have finish warping the next step is going to be passing a thread to form the heddle (lizos), this is going to allow you to cross the threads.

So, we pass another thread (I have made it in a contrast color to see it better) from right to left side and under a group of threads located in the inferior stick. If you have a wide piece it is recommendable to divide it into separate groups to deal better with it.

With our left hand we keep the thread and with the right one, pick up the thread under the warp to join the ones in the left hand. This process has to be done in perfect order so make sure you are choosing the right one (one base color one contrasting one…)




So, we have everything ready and now, we are going to take off the inferior stick (because we have finished the heddle step that is going to take all the threads safe).

Now we are going to work with three little sticks that are going to guide all our weaving… they have to be long enough to contain the warp. I use natural ones in bamboo and wood, but feel free to use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Then, we take the lizos up and we pass the first stick in the middle part. Now we push the threads in the opposite sense and we put another stick in the middle. This is like the basic step to weave always isn’t it? Well now the pampa weaving have an extra step and this is as simple as choosing the threads that are going to draw… so this process is always made in pairs… and with all the threads crossed. The way to keep the threads in your hands is completely up to you and it is very personal. While choosing the threads you are going to have a pair up, a pair down,  always the same quantity in both sides.

Once you finish this step you are going to put the third little stick to maintain this order and then we can start weaving.

This stick is the most important and determines the drawing but is never taking apart.



The rings

Today I’m going to show you the rings from the Bijoux Mapuche collection. I’ve made three and as I choose the threads one by one while weaving I can change all the motif from time to time… It is great to make a variety of them for the series..; I hope you like them!

Tejido mapuche2


A nice story

About a year ago we left our jobs in Buenos Aires and strated an adventure with my partner… we decided to walk the path … Patagonia Argentina and Chile before emigrating to Europe. He carried his guitar and I carried my loom. My idea was to specialize myself and learn all the secrets of the Aborigin loom.

As we traveled along the coast, the loom refused to be at ease, I tried it hard, and something happend but not exactly the results I wanted …
weaving in Rada Tilli
We arrived at the Alerces National Park where we camped for a couple of days and I rearmed with traditional colors: black, white and red.
Los Alerces
We hitchhiked to “El Bolson” for me the most beautiful and magic place in Patagonia, and for the first time in the trip (after one month and a half) we installed ourselves in a “cabana” near the mountain …

I don’t know why? But this time I began to weave and my hands where very fluent … I almost end the “faja” in three days of constant work and I could never repeat it again…

El Bolson
In addition,this place was full of bohemian artists and artisans, and also it was a cooperative of mapuche weavers … they are the indigenous inhabitants of the region, which is the technique that I was improving. Of course this week was a constant going to weave with these women. They spun their wool, and wove in large looms! menawhile we drank “mates”

This fajita travel throughout the rest of our trip, for which, Chile, London, Corsica, Barcelona, Granada, Paris … and now finally moved to Stockholm, Sweden. A man who has indigenous origins have bought it and when I found out I could not keep my tears from falling … now has a new owner and my lesson was to know that I never abandon that technique which has given so much satisfaction to me.




I’m doing a shawl in a loom and I’m fascinated with the experience… I think I’m going to publish pictures in my shop of the process so people can realize how much time could take to make it and the special carefully you have to be with such a fine threads!

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