Krokbragd or boundweave find its origin in Scandinavia. It’s a weft faced twill weave structure that is woven on 3 shafts. Weft faced means the weft is covering most of the warp.  It is pronounced “croak-brod”.

Krokbragd or boundweave rug Lollipop. Design by ilsephilips

Krokbragd rug Lollipop. Design by ilsephilips

Because the weft is very tight packed, krokbragd produces a firm and heavy fabric. This weaving structure is often used for rugs or heavy duty pieces such as upholstery for chairs, couches or wall hangings. 

This weave structure produces fun, bold and colourful patterns. The weaving sequence does not change, so changing colours is what makes the patterns.

Krokbragd can be used in a traditional way of weaving, but it’s also used to show modern contemporary weavings. A nice example of modern krokbragd are the rugs made by Angie Parker Textiles. Bold and bright colours, gorgeous patterns ….it all comes together in a perfect design.
If you use more shafts, you can also design fun graphics like sheep, snowmen, frogs, trees, etc…
Blomqvist Nordiska (located in Sweden) sells complete packages to start weaving your own Swedish saga in boundweave technique. These packages includes all the yarn you need, the pattern and how to set things up.

Other fun experiments and projects can be found here, here and here. There’s also a nice facebookgroup about weaving krokbragd.

krokbragd or boundweave

Boundweave oven cloth Sweden. Design ilsephilips

krokbragd or boundweave

Detail krokbragd oven cloth Sweden. Design ilsephilips