Laverne Waddington


Andean Pebble Weave

Andean pebble weave, perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in the highlands of South America, is not only beautiful to behold but also a pleasure to weave. Indigenous weavers use geometric, animal, plant and human figures posed on the dotted or “pebbled” background characteristic of this weave to decorate carrying cloths, ponchos, coca leaf bags, belts and sashes.

Being partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up weaving techniques to execute.

Andean Pebble Weave enables you, through four lessons packed with step-by-step photos, detailed instructions and pattern charts, to produce both traditional and contemporary pebble weave figures and designs—from the most basic geometrics to Andean fauna. From backstrap to tapestry to rigid heddle loom, any sturdy frame with adjustable tension that can be used to produce a warp-faced textile can be used to weave these delightful motifs.
Although many weavers have adapted the technique to their inkle looms, please note that the book does not provide specific instructions for how to set this up on an inkle loom using the inkle loom heddling system.

The inkle loom-friendly method is taught in my book Complementary-warp Pick-up. If your primary loom is an inkle loom, you might prefer that book to learn pebble weave.

Andean Pebble Weave includes an appendix that covers how to weave pebble weave on a 4-shaft loom.

(A German version of this monograph is available here.)

(Une versione francaise de cette monographie est disponible ici.)

( Una versione in italiano é disponibile qui.)

(Una versión en español está disponible aquí)

More Adventures with Warp-Faced Pick-up Patterns builds on the knowledge and experience gained with this book.

Pattern Detail

  • Over 30 traditional, contemporary and original designs charted
  • schematics included
  • no sewing
  • all season
  • straight (flat), no sewing
  • digital PDF has 73 pages (letter size)
  • intermediate
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