Weave Experiments

Weaving Experiments || Double Warp Weave Update

Double Warp Weave Update| The Weaving LoomI’ve been asked by a lot of readers to share updates on my double warped weave project. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten too far with my weave, due to other projects, but also because the double warp makes it take a little bit longer (go figure). Before when I started this, I was wondering if it was really worth it to double warp my loom, but now I don’t think that question is really relative. I have found that for me, the amount of warp threads doesn’t make my weave better or worse, it just makes it different. The weave I’m creating is definitely a tighter weave since there isn’t as much space between the warps and I’ve found that I need to put out more effort if I want my warp threads covered by my weft since there isn’t as much room to “float” the weft threads.  You can definitely see the spacing difference in the picture below.  Both weaves are on the same loom, the top is obviously my double warped weave that I’m currently working on and the bottom is when I just single warped the loom.

Double Warp Weave Update| The Weaving LoomIn this situation I would definitely benefit from the weft-facing weave if I wanted my warp threads covered. However, in this case I warped with a black warp thread and the majority of the weave will be white, so I actually want my warp threads to show through. I like the contrast it creates. I’m actually changing my weaving consistency between just letting the weft sit between the warp threads and making sure the weft covers the warp threads, which is adding a nice texture.

One benefit that I can see from weaving on more warp threads per inch, is that it is much less likely for my weave to get wavy since there is much more support and tension in the weave. That is not to say you could never get a wavy weave in the end, you still could depending on if you have woven some loose rows or wove at a diagonal instead of straight across, etc. It just cuts down on the chances of your warp threads spreading after you cut your weave off the loom and causing waves, since they don’t have as much room to spread.

I will share an update again as I get further and let you know what I have learned from this. As of right now I would say it is different, but I will still weave on this loom single warped in the future.

I would love to hear what you are working on now. Are you trying something you have tried before? Is it going the way you thought it would?

I have a really fun weave pattern I’ll be sharing later this week, see you then!

Happy Weaving!


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  • Brandis
    January 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Kate! I recently tried this double warp on a children’s loom and I’m absolutely loving it! I am running into one issue though, and it’s happened the only other time I double warped. I get one section of warp (about an inch wide towards the center) that loses the spacing between threads as I weave and gets tight if that makes any sense! Just wondering if you’ve ever ran into this problem? I would love to hear any ideas:)

    • Kate
      January 26, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      I didn’t have that issue, but I can see it happening. I would recommend try keeping your warp threads spaced evenly by moving them (as needed) with each row you weave. Hopefully it will just need a little correcting here and there and won’t eat up all your time. Also do you make the “waves” when weaving? I wrote about that here http://www.theweavingloom.com/weaving-tip-back-to-the-plain-weave-basics/
      Making “waves” with your weft thread, then pushing it down helps keep your tension even.

      I hope this helps!