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Delve into the rich history of Canadian coverlet weaving and give a modern twist to the craft of boutenné weaving with weaver and teacher Sarah Bixler. By practicing this beautiful yet simple type of pile weaving, you can create home décor such as the pillow cover shown in this video using a simple rigid-heddle or 2-harness loom. You'll start by learning how to choose the best yarn combinations for your project, how to keep track of your motif easily, how to use a dowel rod to create yarn loop patterns, and more.

You'll love this weaving video if you:

  • Want more creative options to use with your rigid-heddle or harness loom
  • Would like to include personalized motifs in your weaving
  • Love textured yarns and want to enhance your plain weave

In Boutenné, you'll learn how to:

  • Choose the best yarn for your project
  • Organize and follow your pattern chart
  • Use a dowel rod to keep pile uniform and in place
  • Count threads accurately to create a clear motif
  • Use ready-made motifs and design your own

About the Expert:

Sara Bixler is an instructor at the Mannings Handweaving School in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in K-12 education—although she gives full credit for the depth of her knowledge to her apprenticeship with her father, Tom Knisely. Sara is a frequent contributor to Handwoven Magazine and Weaving Today.



“I had inherited a boutonne bedspread. I have been trying to find out what weaving structure it was. I really enjoyed going through the process of weaving a piece and learning the history of the technique. It was a very informative video. Thank you.” - KAREN HOYT