A Clever Tip for Winding On

Need a new technique for your weaving tool box? Check out this video clip!

Susan E. Horton Dec 28, 2022 - 3 min read

A Clever Tip for Winding On Primary Image

Winding warps with two layers can be tricky because the threads often co-mingle and cause havoc. Photos from New Dimensions in Deflected Doubleweave Video

I’m not able to make many guild meetings these days, and I miss not only my friends but also the programs and workshops that guilds provide. To keep my weaving knowledge fresh and moving in a positive direction, I read books and articles and listen to podcasts. I also watch videos. Watching new Long Thread Media videos is part of my job and one that I consider a fun perk.

Often I know the subject pretty well, and I can watch at a faster than normal speed. But when it came to New Dimensions in Deflected Doubleweave (DDW) with Janney Simpson, I was in new-to-me territory, so I left the speed alone and even rewound from time to time to review parts as I watched. Right off the bat she surprised me by stating that one of the wefts doesn’t go edge to edge. I didn’t realize that, but when I looked at her samples, I could see what she meant.

Check out how the darker weft in this DDW by Janney doesn’t go all the way to the outside edges.

For front-to-back warping, Janney demonstrated a great tip for winding on a DDW warp that could apply to regular doubleweave and probably other structures with closely sett warps such as rep.

By separating your layers into their plain-weave sheds, as she shows in the video, you can avoid co-mingling of your warp ends as you wind and eliminate what Janney calls “traffic jams,” othewise known as snarls. Winding on smoothly is one of the keys to good tension so any tip that helps with that is one worth knowing!

Check out this short tip video and then Janney’s new course New Dimensions in Deflected Doubleweave. It’s worth a watch at regular speed!

Weave well,