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[June 16, 2019] The site has now stopped selling patterns.

[April 30, 2019] After almost 11 successful years in business, Patternfish will cease selling patterns on 16 June, 2019.

We will continue to make our customers' stashes accessible to them to the end of 30 June, 2019, in order to provide them with time to save their purchased patterns to their personal hard drives.

Thank you all so very much for your enthusiastic support over the years.  It has meant an enormous amount to us.

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Laverne Waddington


Andean Pebble Weave

Patternfish ceased selling on June 16th, 2019. You can now purchase this ebook Andean Pebble Weave at Thank you for your support! Laverne
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 Andean Pebble Weave on Inkle Loooms. If your primary loom is the standard inkle loom, that book teaches three methods for creating Andean Pebble Weave patterns taking into account the particular characteristics of the inkle loom. Full instructions on setting up the loom are provided and all three techniques are explained with step-by-step photos, detailed descriptions and video clips.

Andean Pebble Weave includes an appendix that covers how to weave pebble weave on a 4-shaft loom. The draft and instructions for how to manage the pick-up are included.

(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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