I often talk about how I use a worsted or DK weight yarn to weave with so that I can push the rows down tight and mostly cover my warp, but recently I tried the weft facing weave and this really works to hide the warp threads, even for thicker yarns. And this weave is super simple, in fact you’ll laugh at how simple it is.
The pattern for the weft facing weave is to bring the weft over two warp threads and under one. Then repeat two over one under, etc. See simple. The neat thing about this weave is that it floats the weft over the warp threads and the more you push your rows down together, the more the warps are hidden.
The above picture shows the difference between the plain weave and the weft facing weave. I woven the top rows in the plain weave, the middle rows in the weft facing weave, and then the bottom rows in the plain weave again. As you can see the warp is totally hidden in the middle rows. Well not so much at the very bottom and top of the weft facing weave because these rows don’t have pressure on them so they are spreading out. But if you were to weave with this weft facing in a full weave the warp threads would be covered nicely.
Here is a closer shot of the threads and you can see that middle section is covering much more of the warps compared to the bottom and top sections in the same yarn. It also gives your weave a little more texture, because as I pointed out before your weft is floating over your warp threads more and giving your weave a more bubbly look.
What do you think of this weft facing weave? Do you think you might try it in one of your weaves?
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