Revisit the Magic with Doubleweave Revised & Expanded
When I first set out to write Doubleweave nine years ago, my intention was to include everything I knew about doubleweave, and when I was finished, I felt reasonably confident that I had accomplished that. I should have known just from reading my own words at the end of the original book that new ideas would keep coming and the journey would keep evolving.
And so it has! It was therefore time for Doubleweave Revised & Expanded. I wanted to keep the best and most relevant projects from the original edition, while sharing with you a number of exciting new discoveries and projects.
When I was a beginning weaver in the late 1970s, I learned that there was a weave structure called doubleweave that allowed two layers of cloth to be woven at the same time, one above the other on the loom. To me, this sounded almost mythical, like carpets that can fly. Later, in a weaving theory class, I learned how the two layers could indeed weave separately from each other. It was one of those magical moments when the sun breaks through the clouds and a view that had previously been obscured suddenly becomes crystal clear.
Later still, I learned that there was a technique called doubleweave pick-up, in which the two layers could not only weave separately from each other, but could interchange at selected places, enabling the colors from one side to show up on the other, and vice versa. Now I was really intrigued! I had yearned for the ability to create designs that weren’t limited to going across the whole cloth from one selvedge to the other. In the 35 years since weaving my first doubleweave piece, I’ve woven many things in a number of different weave structures, but doubleweave is the one that I come back to again and again. It never ceases to capture my imagination and challenge my intellect, and the results are no less magical to me than when I first learned the technique.
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It’s time to rediscover the magic of doubleweave for yourself!