Doubleweave Revised and Expanded
Some weave structures are so familiar to me that I can mull them over to my heart’s content when I can’t sleep at night. In contrast, every time I start a doubleweave project, I have to reacquaint myself with the structure. It’s not like I haven’t woven many doubleweave projects. In fact, it’s by far one of my favorites, but at least for me, it isn’t intuitive. For that reason, I need good resources. One of my favorite resources is Jennifer Moore’s Doubleweave, so I’m excited to see the revised and expanded edition.
I love doubleweave for three main reasons:
- You can weave unmuddled colors.
- The back is often just as interesting as the front—and sometimes more so!
- Double-width weaving feels magical in the way it opens up off the loom into a piece twice as wide as the warp width.
If you haven’t yet tried doubleweave, I recommend getting Jennifer’s book and spending some time with it before putting yarn on a loom or even planning a project. It takes a certain mind-set to keep track of two layers and what is happening every time you open a shed and throw a shuttle through it. You can weave the 4-shaft sampler featured the book if you want to get a feeling for all the loom-controlled ways you can weave doubleweave: tubular, doublewidth, separate layers, and color-and-weave, to name a few. If you add a pick-up stick to the mix, you can continue with the sampler and learn about quilting, stitching, leno, and pick-up patterning. This edition also has an 8-shaft sampler that will send you down the path to weaving quadruple widths and all sorts of tubular variations. It also will teach you all the configurations available to you on 8-shafts to achieve interesting color combinations.
Just as in Jennifer’s original book, this revised and expanded edition includes projects that reinforce the topics touched on by the text and samplers. I’ve always wanted to weave a triple-width cloth and am happy to see a beautiful one to try: the Triplewidth Tablecloth with a Spot Bronson Center Panel. I’ll probably practice first to work out any kinks on the fold lines, and there are tips for that, too.
For me, Doubleweave is a go-to reference that weavers should have in their library. It’s full of beautiful projects for all levels of weavers and the information you need to move from one level to the next. I’m not at all sure I will ever be able to mull over doubleweave drafts in my head, but I’m happy to know I can weave it with a little assistance from books and articles.
Featured Image: The photography in this edition of Doubleweave is as captivating as the subject! Photo by George Boe.