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40th Anniversary #11 Optical Twill Rug PDF

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The Optical Twill Rug from Valley Yarns is a gorgeous, high quality rug with a clean and modern design. Weaving a rug is one of the great satisfactions of a weaving life, and weaving a rug designed by Jason Collingwood is the way to go. Jason has designed this beautiful rug in honor of WEBS 40th Anniversary using Collingwood Rug Wool; a yarn produced in collaboration with Valley Yarns. This is truly a project made in heaven.

Learn more about Jason Collingwood and his design on our blog!

This draft is available as a PDF download.

Structure: 2/2 Twill
Equipment: 4-shaft loom, 36" weaving width (extra width needed to achieve the desired beat); 8-dent reed; 2 ski shuttles
Warp Yarns: Valley Yarns Undyed Wetspun Warp Linens, 8/5 weight (236 yd/8.8 oz. tube), natural, 316 yds
Weft Yarns: Valley Yarns Collingwood Rug Wool (900 yd/lb)in Jute (1,200 yds) and Onyx (600 yds)
Length: 158 ends (includes 6 ends as floating selvedges) 2 yds long
Setts: Warp: 6 epi. (2, skip,1, skip in a 8-dent reed); Weft: Approx. 24 ppi (each pick is three strands of rug wool wound together)
Dimensions: Width in reed: 25½"; Finished size: 1 rug 23" x 32"


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Jason Collingwood's Optical Illusion Rug pattern

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  • Beautiful And Artsy
  • Easier Than It Looks
  • Excellent Pattern
  • Functional


  • Takes A Strong Beat To Pa

Best Uses

  • Decorative Rug

This is a well explained pattern, easier than it seems. my advice is to thread as explained and weave up until you want the first block placed.
Then understand that for the reverse block, you will continue to treadle the same pattern (1,2,3,4) but when treading for 2, you will throw the pick only part way, switch to treadle 4 and do the same, then switch back to 2- all within the same pick.
The same technique is used for treadle 4..
So then, the reverse motif box is formed by these two shaft switches.

I used a comb to help pack the weft since it requires quite a beat.
Enjoy- this is worth the time and effort! It's a show stopper!

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