Weave Along Weaving Techniques

Weave Along || Part 10: Finishing Steps

The finishing steps for our free weave along patternWe’re almost ready to take our weave off the loom, but before we do that we’re going to clean up and finish our end threads. I know, this might be the worst part of weaving, but it will look really nice when we’re done! Find all the Weave Along Steps here

First I want to cover the basic steps to finishing our end threads, and then I’ll talk about the more unique parts of our weave and my best recommendation on finishing those areas. This weave has some tricky areas where there isn’t many weft threads. At certain points in the weave there are fewer places to secure and hide our end threads, but don’t worry I’ll be showing you my best practices.


Also, don’t forget to always be checking the front of your weave as we go along to make sure it wasn’t disturbed when you tucked your weft end. Make sure no end threads are showing through to the front of the weave, we want these secured and hidden in the back.

So let’s flip our looms over so that we’re looking at the back of the weave and get started with the finishing.

Finishing for areas with lots of solid weft thread rows

This is for areas with the plain weave, chevron weave, and other solid rows of weft threads.

The finishing steps for our free weave along patternIf your thread end stops under the last warp thread:

  • Take the thread end and wrap it over and around the end warp thread.
  • Next tuck the thread into the backs of two weft “stitches”. Always gently pull the thread through when doing this so that you don’t mess up your weave.

If your thread ends that stop over the last warp thread

  • Bring the weft thread over and around to the back of the weave.
  • Next tuck the thread into the backs of two weft “stitches” that are down one row and over one weft, pulling the thread through gently.

Finishing our twinned triangles

This part was tricky, because there aren’t too many options to securing the thread ends behind the weave. So, we’re going to secure the twinned threads to the warp and then tuck them in.

 

  • First, untie the anchor knot that we made when we started our twinning.The finishing steps for our free weave along pattern
  • Take the two end threads and tie them in a tight single knot around the end warp thread, making sure that the knot is in the back of the weave.The finishing steps for our free weave along pattern
  • Take your two end threads and bring them in the back of the flower patterned weft threads. We will tuck both the top twinning and bottom twinning threads into these weft threads since they have so much room and don’t show through to the front of the weave.

Finishing our knotted lace areas

This part had to be the trickiest because there was little space to secure and hide the end threads, so I had to get really creative.

  • Take your end thread and loop it over it’s own knot then through the knot. This kind of ties the end thread, but it can become loose.The finishing steps for our free weave along pattern
  • To secure the thread, tie the end thread in a tight & small single knot just below the knot around the warp threads.The finishing steps for our free weave along pattern
  • Next cut the end thread off really close to the single knot you just tied. If you did it correctly the thread will be secure and you won’t be able to see the knot in the front of the weave.

So we’re one step closer to being done with our weave along, but not quite. Next week we’ll work on making a nice fringe for our weave. If you have any questions on the finishing of your weave, feel free to ask. Find all the Weave Along Steps here.

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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