Today I have a simple and fun way to add some interest to your weaves and it’s called vertical strips. These are created using the plain weave, however, you weave with two different colored threads and the natural tabby of the plain weave creates the vertical strips.
The first thing you do is weave a row of plain weave with your first color, then weave a row of plain weave using the opposite warps like normal, but this time with your second color. Then you continue alternating between color #1 and color #2.
Above, I wanted to show how I handle switching the rows between the colors. My second color (green/yellow) is on one less warp, so when I pull it down to it’s next row, it loops under color #1 (mint green). When I need to bring my first color (mint green) down a row, I need to wrap it around the warp and then bring it under to start the row. I do the wrap around because my first color is extended out a warp more then the second color.
When you first start out weaving these rows, they don’t look like much, but as you keep going you can see that the vertical strips start to become apparent. I really like this look, and how cool is it that you can make it with just the simple plain weave? I also followed this same technique, but switched my warp to a thicker thread and it created a really cool look that you can find in this post.
If you missed it, I talked about how I plain weave so that my warps are mostly covered here.
What do you think of the vertical strips? Is it something you would add to your weaves?
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