I love the braid effect that the soumak weave creates and it can look different depending on what fibers you’re weaving with. When I use a worsted weight yarn, it makes a nice small braid, but I can also soumak with wool roving to create a large puffy braid. I’ve also combined a bunch of different threads to create a large textured braid. Play around with your soumak weaving and see what you can create!
If you want to see the technique in motion, here is the video for you. I hope you enjoy it!
And because I also received a question on what do I do with the thread tails to finish the soumak weave, here are two examples:
1| if my soumak is on the smaller side, I will just tuck the end tails in the back of my soumak “stitches” and trim them. As you can see in this picture, I did the soumak stitch with three threads at once, so in the back I tucked the one set of thread tails in (the navy arrow shows the direction). I then tucked in the other set of thread tails (the purple arrow shows this direction).
2| if my soumak is large, like roving or numerous threads at once. I simply tuck the thread tails in the unused warps and trim. Then I was as normal next to the soumak and the end tails get locked into the warp threads. More on weaving with roving here.
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