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Planning a Weaving Project Part 3

You've gotten to the point of knowing what you are weaving and what you are weaving with, here's how to figure out warp length and how much yarn you'll need for your project.

Susan Bateman , Melissa Parsons Jul 6, 2022 - 7 min read

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For her Majestic Beauty Placemats featured in January/February 2022, Malynda Allen put on a long warp and wove four placemats with short fringe on each end. Photo by Matt Graves

This is the third and last installment of “Planning a Weaving Project.” If you need to catch up, check out the other two parts. In the first post, Susan and Melissa talked about narrowing your choices and making decisions about what you want to weave. In the second post, the authors talked about developing a draft and how balance plays a part in many ways. With your plan in mind and your draft figured out, next you need to know how to calculate warp length and the warp and weft yardages you’ll need to weave your project. They start at the end with finishing because it’s an important feature of any project. Enjoy!


While planning your project, be sure to consider how you want to finish it. Some finishing techniques, such as twining and hemstitching, take place on the loom; others—such as sufficient nonwoven warp on each end for fringe or enough warp length to allow for areas of plain weave that will become hems—need to be accounted for. If you don’t think about finishing until the weaving is done, you will have limited your options.

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