How to Double Weave

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This tutorial is how to double weave to double your sett or weave a tube, create double wide cloth or weave two pieces of cloth at the same time. If your loom doesn't have a "double heddle kit" you can still do this, so don't worry.  The most simple way is double weave with 2 rigid heddles and one pick up stick, so we will start with that first.

If you don't have a pick up stick you can make one out of sturdy cardboard or a wooden paint stir stick.

 

Paint Stir Stick

Let's get started! You will be working with 3 groups of warp threads. Here's the diagram:

Double Weave Diagram

 

Here's the pictorial with voice over, explaining the diagram step-by-step:

The following video demonstrates how to double weave using 2 rigid heddles and 2 pick up sticks. This will give you a denser cloth.

 To weave double wide cloth, simply swap the middle sequence: B, #2D, #1U, A

Double wide cloth sequence.

To weave 2 seperate layers at the same time: A, #1U, B, #2D. You will need 2 shuttles and weave each layer separately. If you weave #2U, it will join both layers.

Here are some double weave projects to get you started.

Ashford: Double Weave Project:
Wall hanger for stick shuttles (pdf)

Ashford: Double Weave Project:
Summer & Winter (pdf)


http://farmnana.blogspot.com/2012/04/rigid-heddle-summer-winter-weave.html

Summer & Winter Explained

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  1. Ramona

    This would be a great way to weave a bag for my yoga mat! Thanks!

  2. Amanda

    Just a quick question. After doing multiple shawls using your wonderful instructions, I’m going to try doing the Ashford double weave project. I’m curious as to why, when doing the shawls, I need an odd number of warp ends, but in the Ashford project details they don’t say to do this. Why? Is it that tubes and double wide need this, but the 2 separate layers don’t? Or did I miss something else?

    Thanks again for all your help!! Amanda

  3. Joyce (Author)

    Thanks, Amanda!

    The reason is that with double wide or tubes, if you use an even number, you will end up with 2 warp threads, in the same shed, at the fold.

    Hope that helps,
    Joyce

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