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How to fix waves after taking your weave off the loom

Fix Waves | The Weaving Loom

A little while back, I had this idea for a weave that was the largest one I had made at the time (15” x 26”). I finished the weave on my loom and it didn’t turn out looking the way I had envisioned, and actually I hated it. So I started unweaving parts here and there, and then wove in different colors and patterns until I got it to the point where I really like it. Over all this had taken me quite a few days to do, so imagine my dismay when I cut the weave from the loom and I saw that there were huge waves in the dark blue area. I really wasn’t sure how to proceed, was the weave ruined and I just had to forget it and move on? Of course I didn’t want to do that because of all the time I had put in and I had gotten it to the point where I really liked how it looked. So I decided to figure out how to save it.

Fix Waves | The Weaving Loom

Seriously, look how smooth it was on the loom!  So why did the waviness happen in the first place? Well if you look at my weave, that blue shape is created at drastic swooping angle, while the rest of the weave is more horizontal. By making this swooping shape my weft wasn’t able to push down as close together and that is why you can see a lot of the warp thread in the shape. So without enough support the weft threads were spreading apart causing the waves.

Fix Waves | The Weaving Loom

So step 1 was to give the weft threads some more support. To do this I turned my weave onto it’s front so that the back was facing me. I then took a really long piece of warp thread and began weaving it horizontally across my wavy area picking up warp threads here and there. You’ll notice that I couldn’t pick up the warp threads in straight lines due to the swoop shape, and the fix sure isn’t pretty, but it’s the back so that doesn’t much matter. Weaving this extra piece of warp thread through the back worked perfectly and gave the blue area a lot of support.

Fix Waves | The Weaving Loom

If I had realized this would be an issue before I cut the weave off the loom, I would have added this support while my weave was still on the loom and it probably would have looked a bit nicer. Lesson learned. With my support issue solved, my weave was still looking not as nice as I would have liked due to the stretching it did once cut from the loom, so step 2 was to iron my weave.

A fellow weaver had suggested that I block my weave, which is a practice often used in knitting and crochet, where you wet your finished piece then pin it down flat in the shape you want and let it dry. I do think this would have worked also, but I did not have a good setup to do this in. Also ironing worked really well for me and was quick. If you are going to iron your own work, make sure to note what fibers you have in your piece and then set your iron to the lowest tolerance. My weave was made up of cotton and wool, so I set my iron to wool as it has a lower heat tolerance then cotton.

Fix Waves | The Weaving Loom

I was so excited to see that these two steps worked for me and my weave looks great again, crisis averted!

Have you ever taken a weave off the loom and had it get all wavy? If so what did you end up doing? Have you had any other issues when weaving? I would love to hear about them and offer any help if possible.

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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6 Comments

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    Andrea
    September 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I feel like all the weaves I’ve done (I’m only on #6 right now haha) come off wavy! I don’t understand why 😩 I am really struggling with warping my look. I don’t know how tight they should be and its hard for me to tie it off when I’m done warping it.. I don’t know how to tie it off and keep the tension where I want it. I’m just learning to weave from reading blogs so it’s hard to tell what others do just from pics and haven’t found a video about it yet. Or if there is a video where they warp there loom it just shows them tying off the start and wrapping it around but doesn’t talk about how tight to pull it and how to tie it off. Anyway. This is my dilemma. And feel like maybe my warp tension is what’s causing my wavy issues?

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      Kate
      September 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Andrea, I think that you’re right the issue probably is that you’re not warping your loom tight enough. My weave got wavy because I put in my weft at an angle in that navy blue area and that caused my warp threads to have more room to spread (causing the waves), but if you’re just weaving across the waves shouldn’t be happening. What type of loom are you working off of? My best description of how tight to warp your loom is very tightly like guitar strings. So they should pull taut and look flat across your loom. If you were to push your fingers on the warp threads, they should just bounce a little and return to their previous position. If you would still like a video I can try to make one, just let me know. Also if you have a specific question you can always email me a picture of what you’re having issue with.

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    Annalise
    October 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Kate,
    I’m having kind of the same problem as Andrea above. When I take my weave off the loom, the edges are kind of wavy. Some look loose and some are super tight. It creates an uneven edge which I don’t love. Can you suggest anything to help with this? I use a thick cotton crochet thread for my warp and I’m pretty sure it’s tight when I start. And it looks fairly straight and even on the loom, it just gets wonky when I cut it off.
    Thanks for the help!

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      Kate
      October 5, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      Hi Annalise, I’m sorry you’re also having an issue. If possible, could you email me (kate@theweavingloom.com) a picture of what you’re having issue with? Do your edges have a large variation? Even after weaving for a while, my edges aren’t perfectly straight, but if you’re having massive edge differences down the side of your weave then it could be due to not putting a consistent tension on your weft threads as you pull them between the warps. I’d be able to make a better judgement on what the issue might be if I saw it. Thanks!

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    Katie
    January 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I’ve been weaving for a few months now and your blog has been one that I always come back to for tutorials. Thank you for creating such a helpful space!

    I’m currently working on my biggest weave to date and I’m using a variety of weighted yarn for the weft. I’m concerned that the spaces where I’ve used bulky yarns will cause wavy-ness and a crooked border when I take it off the loom. Do you think adding some worsted weight cotton yarn on the back before taking it off the loom would help maintain the structure?

    Thanks for your help!

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      Kate
      January 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Katie, It’s hard for me to say without seeing what you’re doing with the weft, but it is possible for the yarns you’re using to cause wavy-ness and a crooked boarder. My issue happened when I wasn’t weaving straight across the warp threads, so the warp threads weren’t being held tight together and they spread. If you think that your warp threads will spread once you take them off the loom, then yes I think adding some yarn on the back, similar to what I did in this post, would help 🙂

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