There are many decorative stitches used by the weavers here in South America to join panels that they weave on their backstrap looms together. They are usually large and colorful and meant to be a decorative feature of the finished piece.

When I spent some time with some backstrap weavers from Vietnam recently I saw that they use a simple looping stitch to join panels of cloth into blankets and skirts and wanted to try it. I cut a table runner I had woven into two pieces and joined them side by side. The piece ended up being wide enough to sew into a bag for my longer tools like my largest shuttles and medium size beaters.

I chose to make the stitch discreet by using a color similar to those already used in the woven piece. I think the shape of the stitch matches the "comb" design in the weaving very nicely. I could have used a completely contrasting color for the stitch to make it more decorative.

The stitch forms a column of diagonal lines on the back of the piece but you can also loop into those diagonals to make the back decorative as well and that probably makes the join firmer too.

More abouyt this on my blog.


jordanj (not verified)

This looks great. I have a band I want to try this on someday, but what is really holding me back is the whole zipper thing. I am terrified of zippers.....  truely. 

bolivian warmi

You have no idea how much cursing and ripping out went on when I first attempted to sew in zippers! I do all my sewing by hand and I figured that it was something that really needed to be done with a machine but, as you may have noticed, I have been putting in a lot of zippers lately and have a knack for it now...that old tenacity, practice makes perfect etc etc!

Now I don't even need to pin the zip in place before sewing. The zips cover the raw edges of the fabric beautifully too so you don't need to sew a bulky hem.

Bonnie Datta (not verified)

The only thing worse than zippers is velcro!  I know it has its place and it is a great invention, but sewing through that plastic tape is a real pain.  I use it, nonetheless, on my tapestries, but never look forward to that part of the finishing.

Laverne, your work amazes me!



redheaded weaver (not verified)

Do you have instructions somewhere for the joining stitches that look like a row of crochet on top the fabric. I think that is really quite nice looking. Thanks. Kathleen

bolivian warmi

Ditto on the velcro. My sewing thread always gets wrapped around the little hooked teeth - major pain!

bolivian warmi

Reply to reheaded weaver post #4.

Do you mean like a crocheted chain? because that is what the joining stitch I have used looks like. Do you have a picture of the stitch you mean?

redheaded weaver (not verified)

I found the instructions via your Ravelry page on your blog. Thanks.