I don’t always use a temple, but I often use one even for simple items such as kitchen towels. I find a temple not only keeps my edges straight, but it also helps with the overall tension of a project.
There are some types of weaving that are easier to weave well if you use a temple. One of them is boundweave, so when I was watching The Beauty of Boundweave, our latest weaving course, I was happy to see Tom Knisely discuss the type of temple to use for thick weft-faced weaving and how to place it in your work correctly. If you don’t use the right type of temple or use a temple incorrectly, you run the risk of it not keeping your weaving pushed out to the right width and/or damaging your reed or front beam.
For example, Tom will show you:
- The type of temple you need for boundweave
- How to shorten and lengthen a temple’s width
- How to determine the best width for a temple
- Where, when, and how to properly insert a temple into your work.
If you have any questions about temples, I believe you will find their answers in this video.
I know some weavers don’t like to use a temple because you have to move it every few inches, and they feel it disrupts their weaving rhythm. However, I believe if you get into the habit of using a temple, it will soon become second nature and then part of your rhythm. In fact, you may just find yourself using one for all sorts of weaving and not only for boundweave.