I’ve been experimenting with different ways to hang my weaves, so of course I wanted to share what I’ve learned. I think my favorite way to start and finish a weave is with the hem stitch, because it really secures your weave on your warp threads. However, it does take a little more effort and sometimes I just don’t set my weaves up that way.
If you’re weaving on a notched or peg loom, a huge bonus is that you can utilize the warp loops to hang your weave. But you may run into a problem similar to what is pictured below, where your weft starts floating up your warp threads. This will especially be an issue if your loops are large.
One way to solve this issue is to knot off your warp loops. Now, keep in mind your loops will need to be on the fairly large size, but if your loops are small then when you put your hanging rod through the loops you probably won’t have much weft float happening. Ok, so assuming you have large warp loops below are the steps to tie the loops in knots and secure your weave. And before we get started, I must say I absolutely recommend using a crochet hook to help you pull the knot through. I used a size G crochet hook, but if you have smaller, use it, it will make the process easier.
step 2| pull the loop end up and over the hook. So now the loop is crossing over itself.
step 3| grab the loop end with the hook (this part takes some finesse, but gets easier with repetition, and if you’re using a smaller hook it will be easier).
step 4| pull the crochet hook down and through the knot, bringing the loop end with it. As you can see in the last picture, the loop end is pull through and still on the crochet hook.
step 6| pull the loop end to tighten the knot. You’re done with one, now continue until all the loops are tied.
You can see how the knot is securing the weft threads and is bringing structure back into the weave. After all the loops are tied off you can put your hanging rod through the loops to finish your weave. Oh and if you’re interested, I posted on how to make those vertical stripes here.
Have you ever had an issue like this where your weft floats up your warp threads? I am working on taking pictures and putting together steps for the other ways I have hung my weaves.