Weaving Techniques

Weaving Techniques || The Perfect Way to Tuck End Threads

Weaving Techniques ||  The Perfect Way to Tuck End ThreadsWhen I first started out weaving, I didn’t know the best or easiest ways to clean up the backs of my weaves. Especially when my thread ended on the sides of my weaves. It seemed that the sides were harder because they showed more imperfections then if I was tucking a thread in the middle of my weave.

Today I’m sharing my best tips on how to tuck in the end threads that hang off the side of your weave.

But before I go further, I wanted to offer up a Q&A. If anyone is interested, please ask me a question that you have and I’ll put something together. Ok now onto the tucking in end threads…

Thread ends that stop under the last warp thread

Weaving Techniques || The Perfect Way to Tuck End ThreadsWhen I have a thread end that stops under the last warp thread, I still want to have a consistent look to the sides of my weave with no apparent gaps in the thread.

Weaving Techniques || The Perfect Way to Tuck End Threads

  • To keep my weave sides looking nice and consistent, I take the thread end and wrap it over and around the end warp thread.
  • Next I tuck the thread into the backs of two weft “stitches”. Always gently pull the thread through when doing this so that you don’t mess up your weave. Which also brings up the important steps of always checking the front of your weave to make sure it wasn’t disturbed when you tucked your weft end.

Thread ends that stop over the last warp thread

Weaving Techniques || The Perfect Way to Tuck End ThreadsTo tuck in this thread, I do the following:

  • Bring the weft thread over and around to the back of the weave.
  • Next tuck the thread into the backs of two weft “stitches” that are down one row and over one weft. Again pull the thread through gently and check the front of your weave for any issues.

Thick fiber ends that stop under the last warp thread

Weaving Techniques || The Perfect Way to Tuck End ThreadsTo tuck thicker fibers, such as roving or multiple strings that won’t tuck into the back “stitches”, I make an adjustment.

  • For this type of fiber you’ll also take the thread end and wrap it over and around the end warp thread.
  • Next tuck the fiber under the next two warp threads that are showing in the back of the weave. This way, the “stitches” aren’t trying to hold in the bulky fiber. As always check the front of your weave to make sure you didn’t disturb it. Make adjustments as needed.

Thick fiber ends that stop over the last warp thread

Weaving Techniques || The Perfect Way to Tuck End ThreadsTo tuck these thick fibers, I do the following:

  • Bring the weft thread over and around to the back of the weave.
  • Next tuck the fiber under the next two warp threads that are showing in the back of your weave. Make sure to check the front of your weave.

Hopefully this helps more people get nice clean edges. And again, let me know if you have any questions for the Q&A.

Happy Weaving!

Kate


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  • Donna Chalkley
    May 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

    How do you make loops to hand the weaving without the weight pulling the weaving apart at the top?

    • Kate
      May 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I have a few looms that warp up so that there are warp loops at the top of the weave when you remove it from the loom. These loops are strong enough to hold the weave, because they cover the whole top of the weave (if that makes sense). I also have looms where I need to cut the weave off the loom, for those weaves there are different options for hanging your weaves. I put together this post on different ways to hang weaves http://www.theweavingloom.com/weaving-techniques-6-ways-to-hang-a-weave/

      I hope this helps!
      Kate