Welcome to week three of our 19th weave-along! We hope your weaving is going well!
Advancing Your Weaving:
At some point when weaving, you’ll get to a point where you begin to have a difficult time getting your fingers through your shed. This means you’re too close to your shedding device and it’s time to advance your weaving. Basically this just means you need to begin to move your weaving to the back of your loom so you can have more weaving room on the front.
Remember to cut the string you tied across your weaving before you wove your header before advancing your weaving. This video shows the rest:
Weaving in Opposite Directions:
We discussed shed a little bit last week and this week I want to delve a little deeper into that. When you are weaving more than one weft yarn across on the same line (this is called the fell like) , you need to make sure each one is in the correct shed. This can get a little confusing. One trick that I didn’t teach you last week is that you always want to be weaving in opposite directions. That means if you have three weft yarns going at the same time, you want each one to start going in a different direction than the one next to it. See the chart below. The green weft was started from the left and is moving right. The pink started from the right and is moving left and the blue started from the left and is moving right. This will allow your weft yarns to be facing in the right direction when you overlap your wefts.
Making a Triangle:
I started with three weft yarns, weaving them in opposite directions (the first one from left to right, the second from right to left and the third from left to right). I then wove up my triangle, decreasing by one warp thread each time I came to the end of a row. You can see the first decrease here:
Continue to decrease by one thread on each side and you will begin to see a triangle form.
Once you’ve woven your triangle, you can fill in the sides of the triangle. Be careful here to make sure you are increasing by the same amount (one warp thread) as you decreased when building your triangle.
Hatching a great technique that allows you to bring different weft yarns over each other. The important thing to remember when hatching is that your weft yarns need to be going in opposite directions. I recommend starting by weaving two passes of one color, then starting another color (starting it in the opposite direction as the first one is going in.) Weave two passes of each and then you can bring one color into the space of the other color. Weave it across as far as you want (you don’t want to bring it all the way to the edge, though, or you will bury the other color) and then weave another pass back. You can then do the same thing with the other color, weaving two passes and then bringing it into the space of the other color.
Slit is an easy technique that has fun results. You are basically just weaving up in different sections that don’t meet. This will create a slit in between the two sections. Be careful about pulling in when weaving slit. Some people actually sew up their slits after weaving, but that shouldn’t be necessary with this piece.
Start out, again, weaving in opposite directions. Here I am making three columns with two slits in between.
Weave up either one section at a time, or all together. I like to weave up all together so I can see if I am pulling in on one section more than the others.
Here are my three columns with slits!
Continue to weave up 10 inches, or however long you’d like your piece to be! Remember to advance your weaving if you start to get too close to the shedding device to we’ve comfortably.
Next week, we’ll go over finishing this piece as a wall-hanging!