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Chevron Weave | The Weaving Loom

While playing with patterns I decided to do a chevron pattern weave. This is very similar to a twill except after a few rows you reverse the pattern evenly so that an arrow type shape is created.

**UPDATE** I just made a video on how to weave the chevron pattern, so check it out!

To make my chevron pattern I passed the weft thread over two warp threads and then under two warp threads, repeating this pattern across the weave (Confused over the weaving terms? See this post here). I did this for 5 rows so that diagonal shapes were created, at the 6th row I reversed the pattern so that the diagonal changed directions in the next 4 rows.


Here is a simple graph of what I’m talking about. The pink color is the weft passing over the warp and the white color is the warp showing as the weft passes under it.

Chevron Weave | The Weaving Loom

And here is a picture of it with my yarns.  The first picture shows the weft separated to better show how the weft passes over and under the warp.  The second picture shows what it looks like with the threads pushed down.

Chevron Weave | The Weaving Loom

I think this chevron pattern would look nice as a boarder to a weave or even as just a random spot of texture.

Chevron Weave | The Weaving Loom

I got a really great question about how the weft passes over the warp at the end, so I’m adding some additional information.  As I explained above to create my chevron pattern I was passing the weft over two warps and then under two warps, but what happens when you come to the last warp on an uneven number? In the picture below I separated and have numbered my weft threads for the pink color. I wove these bottom to top and started right to left, so that bottom weft with the number 1 is the first row I wove.

Chevron Weave | The Weaving Loom

Row 1 – I followed my pattern of under two warps then over two warps across the weave.

Row 2 – As I came back with the weft from left to right I ended on an “odd” warp so I only went under one warp thread and then brought the weft over the warp to begin row 3.

Row 3 – This row worked out evenly with two over and two under.

Row 4 – This row got uneven so I ended only over one warp and then brought the weft under for row 5.

Row 5 – This row worked out evenly with two under and two over.

Row 6 – Uneven row, ended with only one over and went under to start row 7. This is the row that I start to reverse my diagonal, so row 6 matches row 4

Row 7 – In this row since I have to continue my diagonal reverse, I have only one pass over two warp threads. Row 7 begins with an under the warp and then does just one over the warp before it picks the two under two over pattern. If I were to follow the pattern completely then row 7 should start with two over passes of the warp, but with row 6 ending with an over my weft would be floating, so I need to pass the weft under at the beginning of row 7.

Row 8 – This row ends uneven with just one pass under the warp.

Row 9 – This row is similar to row 7, if the pattern were followed completely it should start with two weft passes under the warp, but with row 8 ending under the weft would be floating so I had to bring it over and then pass under in row 9.


Hopefully this explains what I did, but my best advice is to not think too hard about it. Follow the pattern in the main section of your weave and at the ends do what you have to to keep the weft secure.

What do you think of the chevron pattern? For me I feel like playing with pattern helps me better understand how the weft and warp interact. Even if I don’t directly incorporate patterns into my wall hangings, it always helps to experiment and learn.

 

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    KATIE
    July 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Hello Kate, just want to say a quick “thank you” for the blog. I’m new to weaving and I absolutely love it, but I’m self-taught and have a ton of questions, so this is very helpful. I’m wondering about the pattern you posted and how the weft passes over both the last warp in the line and the first warp on the next line – do you make some kind of loop so that you can go over both? Thanks, Katie 🙂

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      Kate
      July 17, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Katie, I’m so glad you like the blog and it’s helping you! I just updated the post with information on how I handled the warp ends. Thank you for asking this question, I think it is a great one that others will find helpful also.
      -Kate

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    Elyse
    February 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    This is incredibly helpful, so many techniques in one place and really thoroughly explained. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this.

    • Reply
      Kate
      February 10, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      Hi Elyse! You are very welcome 🙂

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    Jenn
    March 23, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    I love these patterns but I couldn’t duplicate them to save my life. Whenever I try it just looks like a basket weave and nothing lines up diagonally at all 🙁 what am I doing wrong?

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      Kate
      March 24, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Hi Jenn, If you are packing the weft down too tightly then the pattern won’t show as well, which might be the issue. If you want you can send me a picture of your weaving and I might get a better idea of what the issue is kate@theweavingloom.com thanks!

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