Season 3: Episode 7: Double Width, Double Layers

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    strong61
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    Hi, I’m Leslie Strong.  This is the first time I have tried to work with wool.

    The episode on double weave has given me a great opportunity to learn especially that I have a David 70cm floor loom.  I did not buy the Harrisville Shetland, instead when I was in PEI I thought I would be brave and try out some spun wool for the Belfast Mini Mills.  It was a 3ply, 2 oz skein, 225 yds – 100% super wash.    Well, I ran into many obstacles.  First time ever with warping difficulties. The mouth on shed 3 was not very wide and caught the wool many times.  The wool had a tendency to jam the heddles as it accumulated in light clumps and in the weave.  So many soft wool fibers floating all over the place. I did not give up. Here is two shawls that look like throws instead.  Colors more apparent in one than the other.DoubleweaveIts probably the wool I used.

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    Martha
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    Beautiful colors!  Love it!

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    Martha
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    I’ve finally planned my blanket for double weave.   I have a 24″ Ashford table loom which I’d like to use for this project.  Do you think this is reasonable for a double weave blanket, or should I stick with my 4H floor loom?

    Thanks for your insights.

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    Jacqueline
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    • Weaving wonder

    Thanks Ginette!

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    Ginette
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    Hi Susan and Jacqueline,

    I think it would be quite difficult to  hemstitch your bottom layer on the loom. You could try and hemstitch off the loom before you wash it. I would just twist fringes and not worry about the hemstitching.

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    Jacqueline
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    Hi Susan, as it happens I started a different project and have not tackled double weave as of yet. I didn’t get a response but I seem to recollect hearing that you don’t hemstitch but just fringe twist? It would be nice to know going forward. Any suggestions would be great!

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    Susan Jaken
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    Jacqueline – did you figure out your hemstitching approach?

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    fudsy1
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    I posted in another location but will ask here too. I’m using a Jane table loom and everything works perfect for a double weave right up until the project comes across the cloth beam and it reaches the take up roller soon as that happens I completely loose tension on the bottom half so I struggled only for a few more rows and have to give up. I tried it twice and with exact same results.  any ideas?   once wet finished it looks fine but very disturbing  about the sloppyness of the bottom halfdouble weave

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    Ginette
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    Donna, your colours are great! So beautiful 🙂

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    Donna
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    A little late to the double width party but here it is and I am in love.  I was so worried about my colour choices, but as Jane says be brave, and don’t fret.  🙂71465809_10157510419829882_6196065923112108032_o

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    Ginette
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    Hi Susan,

    Are you able to weave a small sample? That’s probably the best way to determine if you’d be happy with both yarns in the warp. Just weave a small sample, maybe 12 inches wide.

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    Susan Jaken
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    The Shetland wool comes in many beautiful colors, but not the type of yellow-green olive I am looking for. The Borg Vavstuga 6/2 Tuna wool does come in this color.  Although these wools have similar weights/yd and recommended setts, the Tuna is much softer and thicker.  Can I mix these yarns in the warp I was planning, or is it better to use only a single type for the double width blanket?

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    Ginette
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    Hi Sue,

    OMG it’s great! Love those colours too 🙂 They are slightly addictive to weave when you know how that’s for sure. They are so much fun to weave.

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    Sandra
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    👏👏👏, Sue!

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    Sue
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    Hi Ginette,

    imageherewith the finished article woven on leftover rep warp which isn’t very pretty but helped me greatly with the technique. Thought I might make some more seasonally coloured bags for Christmas!  Easy when you know how!

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