Weaving Techniques

Weaving Techniques || Soumak Weave Notes and Video!

Soumak Weave Notes and Video |The Weaving LoomI have had a few requests about making a video on the soumak weave and since I haven’t made a silly stop motion weave video in a while, I felt like this was the perfect time.

Soumak Weave Notes and Video |The Weaving Loom

Soumak Weave Notes and Video |The Weaving LoomI 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:

Soumak Weave Notes and Video |The Weaving Loom1| 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).

Soumak Weave Notes and Video |The Weaving Loom2| 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. 

Let me know if you enjoy these videos and find them helpful. They take more time to make, but if you like them then I will make some more. And if you really really like them, show your support and give them that thumbs-up on YouTube!

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Paulina
    March 10, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you so much! This really helps. I have trouble whenever I come back the opposite way to create the braid but now I get it.

    • Reply
      Kate
      March 11, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Hi Paulina, that makes me so happy that it helped 🙂

  • Reply
    elsa
    March 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    you’re amazing.Thank you.

    • Reply
      Kate
      March 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Elsa, I’m so happy you found it helpful 🙂

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    Oom
    June 30, 2016 at 4:21 am

    wow! thanks for sharing
    few more questions, If I want to combine this technique on other fabric like knit or denim, is it possible to stitch together. Or If I want to use this technique to make a sweater, would it be possible? Please suggest.

    Thank you 😀

    • Reply
      Kate
      July 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Yes, I think you would be able to embroider fabric or denim with a stitch similar to this.

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