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Before weaving anything fancy, I put in a few rows of the plain weave. This helps secure my warp threads and give the weave structure. When we made the Spanish lace, there were spaces between the warp threads where the weft did not pass straight across. And that’s ok, but if we were to only weave the Spanish lace and take the weave off the loom, you’d see that the warp threads would separate a bit because there isn’t much pulling them together where the gaps are. I would like this weave to have structure to it, so I added the plain weave rows.
I think plain weave rows also help frame the Spanish lace and draw your eye to it.
So here are the next steps:
step 1|| using your thread where you left off at the top of the last Spanish lace bring the thread down and under the end warp. Then weave the plain weave (under, over, under, etc). Across all the warp threads. Weave a total of 3 rows of the plain weave. You can see as we add the rows of plain weave the warp groupings are separating and our warp threads are becoming more evenly spaced.
step 2|| take two pieces of thread measured out to the same length. Then tie them in a knot, leaving 2-3 inches of a thread tail.
Tip: I measure using my forearm, holding one end of the thread and then wrapping from my hand to my elbow about 3 times. This amount of thread is usually more then enough for me when weaving a section.
step 3|| put one thread under the end warp and one thread over the end warp and pull both threads until the knot you tied catches on the warp thread. This knot is just going to be used as an anchor for our twining. We’ll untie it later and secure the thread ends.
step 4|| the process of twining is basically passing one thread over, under, over, etc while passing the other thread under, over, under, etc. And at the same time twisting those two threads around each other when they cross in the space between warp threads.
To do this I follow this pattern (thread that starts over the end warp is thread #1, thread that starts under the end warp is thread #2)
- pull thread #2 over the next warp string and let it sit up above thread #1
- bring thread #1 under the next warp and then out again so it sits on top of the warp threads
- pull thread #2 down over thread #1
- pull thread #1 up above, pass thread #2 under the next warp and then out again so it sits on top of the warp threads.
- continue this twisting pattern all the way across the warp threads. If you need more details, I wrote about twining here.
step 5|| once you have twined across all the warp threads, you may have a wiggly line like I do. Take your weaving needle and pushed the twinning thread to an upward diagonal over 4 warp threads, the 5th warp thread should be the peak of the triangle, then push the next 4 warp threads in a downward diagonal. Repeat this pattern repeated across the warp threads so that your last diagonal ends going up 4 warp threads.
We’re keeping the light lacy feel to this weave, but we’ve added some structure. The twining is much bolder, because there are no warp threads showing alone our twining line. We’ll build on this more next week. Find all the Weave Along Steps here.
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