Our Newest Workshop Will Have You Seeing Double—with Doubleweave!
Over the last year, we’ve made a lot of changes at Interweave Video Studio. We’ve tried to seriously up our game, bringing you not only the best instructors, but also outstanding video quality. Our new look just launched with Jennifer Moore’s Doubleweave on a 4-Shaft Loom, and we are really proud of it.
Check out a trailer here! This workshop is sponsored by Schacht Spindle Company.
Doubleweave allows you to weave two layers of cloth at the same time. This means winding a double warp, double threading your loom, and weaving with two different sheds, one on top of the other. It was a tricky thing to film with a lot happening simultaneously in front of, within, and underneath the loom, but between an amazing camera team, Jennifer’s serene instruction, and several pairs of really awesome socks, we got there.
Enough about us, though. Let’s talk about the weaving! Most weavers know of doubleweave as a way to create cloth that is twice the width of their loom, but there is so much more to it. Depending on how you lock your threads at the selvedges, doubleweave cloth can be two separate layers, a single double-width layer, or a tube of fabric. Working with two contrasting colors lets you alternate light and dark on your top and bottom layers of fabric, creating reversed designs on each side.
Doubleweave also lets you experiment with color in ways you might not expect. It’s one thing to weave stripes, but have you woven cloth that is striped vertically on one side and horizontally on the other? Really.
Weaving a double fabric can give your pieces unexpected dimensionality. You can exploit this by stuffing your layers for a truly 3D project or control it by stitching your layers together every few rows, preferably in a contrasting color for maximum effect. (One potential downside of doubleweave is the tendency of your two layers to sag and bag unless you interlace them periodically.)
Hand-controlled techniques like leno and Brooks bouquet really stand out when they are on top of a contrasting bottom layer. And then there is the Queen of Doubleweave Techniques: doubleweave pick-up, which creates a perfectly mirrored design on both sides. It is Jennifer’s hallmark as an artist, and one she shares with you via a practice pattern and tips and advice on how to create your own unique designs.
Register for Doubleweave on a 4-Shaft Loom, and weave a sampler with all these techniques and more. In addition to Jennifer’s video, the workshop contains text, diagrams, and photographs to help you better understand this weave structure. From tie-ups to treadling to finishing your cloth, Jennifer gives you a comprehensive workshop that is just the beginning of what is possible.
Looking for a bargain? Subscribe to Interweave’s online workshops and tackle new techniques without leaving the house. For $9.99 a month, you can binge-watch to your heart’s content. Knit, crochet, spin, weave . . . hone a craft, or learn a new one. Watch videos from great instructors and access and download plenty of supporting materials like charts, photos, and worksheets. Interact with other students via our chat boards, and post your finished assignments to a shared gallery so others can see your work.
We’re adding new courses every month. Is there something you’d like to learn? Let us know in the comments section!
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