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Weaving Techniques || The Twill Weave

Twill Weave | The Weaving LoomI have been interested in playing around with woven patterns lately and one of the most basic patterns is the twill weave.

A twill weave is created by passing the weft thread over two or more warp threads and then repeating that pattern one warp thread over, so that a diagonal line is formed. If you are near some denim fabric, chances are it is made of a twill weave. The twill weave is used a lot when creating textiles, but I wanted to play around with it and maybe use it in a future wall hanging.

Twill Weave | The Weaving Loom

I made this weave sample and created my twill by passing my weft over two warp threads, then under two warp threads (Confused over the weaving terms? See this post here). When I came back on my second pass, I made sure that my weft stacked to the right of the row below it. Here is a simple graph of what I’m talking about. The blue color is the weft passing over the warp and the white color is the warp showing as the weft passes under it.

Twill Weave | The Weaving Loom

And here is a picture of it with my yarns.  In the first picture I left the weft threads spread out so you could see clearly where the weft passes over and under the warp.  The second picture shows the threads after I pushed them down.

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I liked how the twill pattern looks, it definitely is a way to add some texture into a weave.  I really like the side profile of the twill weave where you can see the diagonal.  You can even see it in my spaced weft threads, they almost look like waves.  Oh and to explain what I have going on at the very bottom of the sample weave, it’s a few rows of the plain weave and that elevated ridge is the soumak weave.

 

Twill Weave | The Weaving Loom

 

What do you think of the twill weave in a wall hanging? Have you tried a weave like this before in your wall hangings?The Weaving Loom blog for weavers

I’ve added some links at the top of the blog to make it more convenient for all you great readers (whoop-whoop!!). There is a link to my shop, so you can treat yourself to something pretty. A quick link resource page that contains all my weaving technique posts. And last, but not least, a link to all the video tutorials I have made. I hope you enjoy!

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Kyla Beals
    December 23, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I’m so excited to have found this post! I’m about to start working on a solid white piece for a friend’s beach house and wanted to find a weave texture technique that wouldn’t make my piece look like a sweater (not a good atheistic for a beach house 😅). The “wave” like texture is perfect!

    Thanks for all the awesome tips and tricks! This is my go to blog for inspiration and techniques! 💜💜💜

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

      Hey Kyla! You’re right, I bet this would make a great beachy texture! I hope you share it on IG so I can see 🙂 Thank you for your kind words.

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    Anita
    September 11, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Hi! I’m Anita and I’ve just discovered your site. It’s excellently presented and very inspiring… I’m just beginning to weave and enjoying it tremendously. Blessings to you and yours.

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      Kate
      September 12, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, I’m very happy you’re enjoying the site!

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    Katrina
    October 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Hey Kate,

    Question: can you do this stitch with multiple weft threads? Will this make the “waves” look more pronounced. Doing it on a circular project. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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      Kate
      October 6, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Yes you can definitely do this with multiple threads, I’ve done it myself before. It does add bulk to your stitches and pronounces the “waves” like you expected 🙂

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    Madeline
    October 11, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I am new to weaving and have been trying out your different techniques. I have been having some trouble with this one and figuring out what to do at the ends when the weft ends at an over and then the next line begins as an over (or when it ends at an under and then starts back up as an under). I wasn’t able to clearly see your ends in the photo to try and figure this out. I’d really appreciate your advice because I like the look of this weave. Thanks!

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      Kate
      October 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      That’s a great question, check out my Chevron post which has a video and shows what I did at the ends. The Chevron weave is the same as the twill, it just reflects the twill pattern to make the arrow look, so the video shows you both the twill and the chevron weave.

      Basically what I do for the ends is I break the pattern and go over or under the ends warps depending on what is needed. Then continue the pattern back the other way. I hope this helps!

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        Madeline
        October 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

        Thanks so much!! I helps a lot!

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