Monday, May 4, 2009

Double Weave Blanket

This is a double weave rosepath blanket that I wove back in February of 2007.

Back then we lived in an apartment and my loom was in the kitchen. Classy!

Here you can see why it is called double weave. It was actually folded in half and I was weaving two layers at once.

Here is the finished product. When I first took it off of the loom you could see the crease where it had been folded really well. But that smoothed out over time.
And here it is being modeled by my lovely friends.

8 comments:

  1. That has to be the most beautiful blanket I have ever seen!! How many hours did it take?
    MAM

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  2. I have no memory of how long it took, it was a long time ago.

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  3. I'm not sure what I'm going Wow at more. The size of that loom (its huge!) or the blanket you've made. That second picture is fantastic and really shows what doubleweaving will look like both on and off the loom (if you've done it right).

    Can I ask what type of loom is it? Its massive, I've never seen anything like it. But then again the only looms I've seen is my 24 inch Ashford loon and the 1m Peg Loom.

    I'm new to weaving and I was googling Double Weave as part of a blanket I'm going to make which is how I found you. Would it be ok to link to you from my blog?

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  4. Spyder,
    My loom is a Schacht Mighty Wolf with 8 harnesses and a 36" weaving width. It is awesome! I think Schacht makes the best weaving tools (schachtspindle.com)
    Feel free to link away!

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  5. Thank you, you've been linked :)

    Thats about a third as big again as mine and double the number of shafts/harnesses.

    Right maybe I'm missing something here because mine is a table loom and doesn't have the foot pedals. I've never seen a floor loom except on pictures. I looked at your loom and I can count a group of 10 peddles and one on its lonesome on the right.

    I take it they operate the beater or reset the harness so that they are all up or down (in neutral).

    Thanks
    Gryph

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  6. Yes, it is a floor loom, and a fairly big one. But far from the largest out there. The x-frame means that it can fold up and push out of the way.
    The 10 treadles are connected to the 8 shafts by movable cords. I can tie them up in different patterns every time to create complicated weave structures. So pressing on one treadle with my foot will raise whichever shafts it is currently tied to.
    The 11th peddle off on the side controls the tension break. When I hold it down, the back beam "let's go" and I can advance the warp forward.

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  7. Ahh, ummm, why does 8 shafts need 10 peddles?

    You really do get a huge variety of patterns out of your loom. Nothing of yours is the same and that doubleweave blanket just looked so intricate. Your probabally laughing at that but it does. I'm just amazed by the size of it and how intricate it is when its that size. All without a single mistake or weaving the sides together. Its so good its hindering my ability to enunciate what I'm trying to say.

    We have nothing like that over here and where I grew up these sorts of skill were looked down upon and to see someone actually doing this sort of thing at home is just amazing to me.

    Ahhh (again), the tension peddle sounds good. Saves leaving over and reaching under the castle (feels like I'm clambering through it) over the loom and under the wierd shelf the desk does (I keep braining myself on it).

    Thank you so much for answering my questions, its very much appreciated.
    Gryph

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  8. Spyder,
    The 10 peddles (or "treadles") can be tied up in endless combinations to the 8 shafts. It isn't a one-to-one relationship.
    It would be possible to use all 8 shafts and only 2 treadles (for example, when weaving plain weave). Sometimes I only use a few treadles, and sometimes I wish I had more!
    Some of the patterns I've seen call for 12 or even as many as 16 treadles!

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