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Finishing a Project

Sunday April 8, 2012

One of the most frequent questions I receive is, "How do I finish my project?" or "How do you remove the weaving from the loom?"

First, I'll address how to remove the "web" (this is cloth you wove that has not been wet finished) from your loom.  You simply cut the warps close to the warp beam, unroll the cloth beam and remove the beam stick. Voila. Your web is now free.

For finishing your project, there's a lot of ways, it just depends on the purpose of the finished piece. Keep in mind, you have (gnerally speaking) woven cloth. Treat it as any other cloth made with the same fibers.

Do you want fringe or a rolled hem on the raw edge? Will the raw edge be part of an inside seam?

For fringe, you can put the warp ends into groups and knot them close to the fell line. You can also do a hem stitch which will group the ends and you can either tie the warps or just leave them as they are.

If you plan on a rolled hem, weave the last few picks that will be part of the hem, with sewing thread or yarn that is thinner than the yarn used in the rest of the project. This will produce a thinner area in which you can make a rolled hem that won't be uber bulky.

If it will be part of an inside seam, you can do a quick whip stitch to keep it from unraveling and then zig-zag it with your sewing machine or serger. I usually rely on my serger to cut and clean the raw edge before I sew the seam.

The next important step before you cut and sew it into something, is to "wet finish" the piece. I do this by putting it in my washing machine on the "pre-wash" cycle on gentle...what this does is go through a single gentle agitate and spin cycle. If you're using wool, you'll want to hand wash (do NOT agitate), squeeze it out (or put on spin cycle if your machine has spin only---again---NEVER AGITATE WOOL or in a salad spinner if it will fit) and then lay flat to dry.

Once that's done  you can use a heavy roller to give the fibers memory, in what's called "Cold Pressing". Slightly damp or dry. If you don't have a dowel, rolling pins work too.


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11 comments so far… Add yours! :D

Barbara R. says:

Sorry for the long absense. I just have not had a moment to reply and tell you THANKS for the answer.

I find that, at times teachers teach certain things in the middle of a subject. The beginning is emphasized and the middle, but the end is…..well, absent. I will look for more information on finishing an item and look in books as well.


Posted: Saturday April 28, 2012

Barbara R. says:

As I watched PattyAnn’s video, she took the two scarves off the Cricket loom. Did she hemstitch at the beginning of the scarves where the paper was?


Posted: Monday May 7, 2012

Joyce says:

Hi Barbara!

I don’t like to assume anything but I’ll say that yes she did. But to be sure, see if you can contact her through her YouTube channel. Maybe either send her a message or better yet, post a comment below the video so that if anyone else is wondering the same thing, they will also know the answer.

Happy Weaving!

Posted: Tuesday May 8, 2012

Elizabeth Ladd says:

I am new to rigid heddle weaving. I found the video on how to end off with the hemstitching above very helpful! Thanks. In fact my first project is drying in the other room and I used that technique and found it easy after watching the video.

But I have a question—when is the right time to to this treatment to the OTHER end; the beginning end of the weaving? I think the answer is not what I did—after cutting the finished end off of the loom. Should I do this hem stitch treatment on the first end after weaving the first couple of inches? Thanks for any suggestions!

Posted: Saturday July 14, 2012

Joyce says:

Elizabeth, thanks for writing!

At the beginning of the cloth, what you do is weave 3 picks, then do the hem stitch around all 3 picks and then continue weaving. I’m going to email more information.

Posted: Monday July 16, 2012

Linda G says:

i am a first time weaver, and am working on my first set of kitchen towels. I want to finish my towels with a hem using my sewing machine (like a jean hem). My question is:

When I cut the towel from the loom, do I cut even next to the edge to be sewed? Or should I leave a one inch fringe to be cut later?

I will fold the fabric under twice 1/4 inch, but am not sure where to cut from the loom to fold under.



Posted: Thursday February 28, 2013

Joyce says:

Hi Linda! Welcome to the wonderful world of weaving.

Treat your woven cloth like you would any cloth purchased at a fabric store. :)

Posted: Thursday February 28, 2013

Barbara R. says:

Hi Joyce!

Had a long hyatius from my loom because of work and trying to get a new business going. But, as I began this next project I thought “I wonder what a floating selvege is and if a rigid heddle loom can do that or not?”
That is my question to you for 2013! Making a simple fabric for a skirt this time. My youngest son wants a scarf for his new Easter suit off to the loom I go!

Barb R.

Posted: Saturday March 30, 2013

Joyce says:

Hi Barb, welcome back.

Floating selvedge is the first and last threads on either side of the warp. Floating selvedges are threaded through the slots only and are always in neutral position.

Posted: Tuesday April 2, 2013

Rhonda says:

I have a question… I’m new to the rigid heddle loom weaving. I have noticed on several videos, that when starting the projects, some people use twine, old yarn, etc… for the first several rows of a project, until the yarn settles down into the pattern.

I get that, but what do you do with that twine, old yarn, etc, after you finish the project??

Any advice will be appreciated!


Posted: Monday April 29, 2013

Joyce says:

Hi Rhonda!

You’re describing a “header”. The pros don’t use one so neither do I. What the pros do (and I started doing since it’s what they do) is they throw 3 shots (weave 3 picks) and THEN beat those 3 picks (or shots) into place. This will even out the warp.

So, open the shed and insert the weft. DO NOT BEAT. Change the shed. Insert the weft. DO NOT BEAT. Change the shed. Insert the weft. BEAT into place. The warp will be straightened out. If it isn’t, unpick it, start again but don’t beat it so far down. You’re ready to weave. To see this demonstrated, look for my video “how to warp a floor loom”. It’s near the end of the video.

If you do use a header, to remove it, you CAREFULLY cut it between the warps and simply pull it out.

Hope this helps!

Posted: Monday April 29, 2013

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