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Twist Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving Loom

Last week, I shared how to tie your loops to keep your weft from floating up your warp threads once your weave is hung.  I was so happy to find that it helped out a lot of readers, so this week I’m sharing another way to hang a weave using your warp loops…by twisting them.  As I pointed out last week, if you are weaving on a notched or peg loom, you can use your warp loops to hang your weave.  Using the warp loops can save a lot of time, but weft threads will often float up your warp threads and cause your finished weave to look not as neat as it could.
Twist Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving LoomHere is a picture of what I’m talking about.  The before shows how I hung my weave using the warp loops off my loom.  You can see how it looks messier than the after.  You can also see the weft thread floating up, since there is a large gap in my warp loops.  What I love most about the twist technique is that it is super easy.  I recommend using this technique if you didn’t use a hem stitch on the ends of your weave and if your weave has smaller loops that you can’t tie in a knot.  Here are the steps:Twist Loops to Hang a Weave | The Weaving Loom

step 1| take the first warp loop and twist it twice around in-between your fingers.

step 2| pass your hanging rod through the twisted loop.

step 3| repeat; twist the next loop twice and pass the rod through until all loops are on the rod.

Isn’t this crazy simple?  And it makes the weave look 100% neater.  You may be asking why not just do this all the time?  Well I have found that if you have very large loops, you would have to twist them many times around. This then causes the loops to start bending in different directions and makes your weave look less neat again.  That is why I use this simple technique only if my warp loops are very short.  Otherwise I will use the previously mentioned hem stitch/tying the loops technique.

If you don’t have warp loops to hang your weaves from, don’t worry I have another way to hang your weave from cut warp threads, that I will be sharing. Oh and want to know how I wove that three colored pattern?  It is really easy and you can find that here.

The Weaving Loom blog for weaversI also don’t want to forget to mention, 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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4 Comments

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    Vicki
    February 17, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Kate,

    I’m very new to weaving, and I’m curious as to the technique used to make the grey/black/ yellow 3D embellishment on this piece. It looks like a combination of roving and a worsted weight yarn, but I’d love to know how it’s accomplished.

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      Kate
      February 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Vicki, Yes it is a combination of roving and a worsted weight yarn. I wove it like a plain weave, but not all the way across the warp threads, in order to make the shape. I wrote a post about weaving with roving that goes over doing the plain weave and soumak weave with it, which you can find here:
      http://www.theweavingloom.com/weaving-techniques-how-to-weave-roving/

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        Vicki
        February 17, 2016 at 2:03 pm

        Thanks, Kate. I’d actually used that soumak post for reference just last night! So it’s just loops of roving/worsted “fluffed up” then? It looks like it’s done over a few different rows, but that’s a guess. I love your site – I’ve referred to it so much while learning the basics.

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          Kate
          February 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm

          Hi Vicki, Yep I just fluffed the roving/worsted, weaving them back and forth over rows to create a shape instead of bringing them all the way to the sides of the weave.

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