Weaving in a Stick

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Hi everyone!

In several places (as part of the Lace Weaves video and in an issue or two of Handwoven), I’ve described the weaving techniques called “weaving in a stick” for cutting off a project and then continuing to weave on the same warp without having to tie back on. I’ve discovered an additional shortcut that might be useful to you (especially if you are a teacher with 30 looms that continually require retying on).

Here are the steps and the additional shortcut.

These weaving techniques for cutting a sample off the loom will save you tons of time while weaving.

Weaving in a stick is one of those weaving techniques you’ll turn to again and again for sampling.

1. Weave about 2″ of firm plain weave after the project you want to cut off.

2. Make a shed and insert a stick that has the strength of an apron rod.

3. Weave an additional inch or so.

4. Cut off the project.

5. Connect the actual apron rod to the stick that is woven into the cloth. To make this really easy to do, use loops of Texsolv cord connected with snap rings (experiment to find the exact size needed for the loop; for Baby Wolf apron rods, the snap ring goes through links that are six links apart). The tie-on loops can stay with the loom and be used again and again. Simply slide them over the ends of the two rods on each side, one rod on top of the other, and then press the rods flat in the loops.

If you need to change your threading for the next section, you’ll need to use lease sticks. Learn how it’s done here!


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