Troubles. What troubles? All is forgotten now that the shuttle is ready to soar. After my threading misadventure and correction, I’m ready to weave! But first… The treadle tie-ups need adjustments. And then, after weaving a couple inches, a few more adjustments. Now the shed is nearly perfect on every treadle. Ready, set, wait a minute… Sample. Which shuttle goes where to lock in the weft? How many picks make a square? Is my beat consistent?
After completing the sample, I am now weaving the wide dark plum beginning border of the double weave throw. In a few inches I will be enjoying the colorful blocks that we have all been waiting for. Building blocks. Success, setbacks, adjustments, and practice, all build a foundation of weaving experience.
Build. If I’m not careful, my attention goes to the building up of myself. Yet, love focuses on others to build them up. It’s through a process of success, setbacks, adjustments, and practice that love flourishes. When your strong desire is to see the colorful blocks of the weave, you press through until you see it. Love is even stronger than that. Our example is Christ. His love makes the pattern of love possible in us.
May you build on what you learn.
20 thoughts on “Building Blocks in Double Weave”
What a beautiful blanket that is going to be.
Hi Joann, Thanks! That’s my hope, since I’m making it for a special young lady.
All the best,
Gorgeous! Love the dark plum background and border and the beautiful squares of many colors! Reminds me of Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors! Bravo, Karen! 🙂
Hi Joyce, The request was for a throw in vibrant colors, so I think this fits the bill!
You are resilient! It’s going to be beautiful. Kudos!
Hi Beth, Well, I guess I would say I’m determined. I’m not going to let a problem, or two, or three, stop me. Haha!
Thank you for sharing your gift and love! It is an encouragement for all of us! Not only are the fibers woven but your words of love from God. As a beginner Weaver I have felt the love of God every time I sit at my loom. May He continue to bless you, your works and your blog!
Hi Rachel, It is interesting that you say you feel the love of God when you sit at the loom. I can relate to that. I have often sensed that the Lord’s grace has placed me at the loom, where I find such satisfaction and joy.
You did it! And it is made more special by the love you have shown as you refused to give up on this project, meant as a gift to that one you love. It reminds me of how important our struggles to love are, in light of Christ’s love for us.
Hi Cindy, We know the struggle is worth it—with weaving and with love—when we consider the glorious outcome.
Blessings to you,
Good morning Karen,
There is so much to learn between the first pot holder and using plum to make the colors sing.
I’ve got to re-read your earlier postings to see how to adjust the shed to even out the tension. It is forgivable in a rag rug. But, now I now there are new skill to explore.
Thank you for sharing your journey so others can follow in your trail.
Hi Nannette, One thing that delights me about weaving is that there is no end of things to learn. If you enjoy learning, the weaving loom is the place to be!
Thanks for coming along,
I can’t begin to express how much your blog has meant to me since I discovered it a few months ago. I have read all your posts and learned, among other things, how important it is to be brave as a hand weaver. You take bravery to new heights!
I have questions about this beautiful throw: is it double width with double weave blocks? How wide will the finished throw be?
P.S. I’m heading to Vavstuga in a little over a week for the basics class and can’t wait. Thanks to your posts I think I will be able to keep up.
Thank you for sharing your journey.
Hi Pam, Your thoughtful words make my heart sing! I’m so happy that you have learned useful things here. I’m humbled that someone has read all my posts! Whew, I call that brave. 🙂
I’m sure your time at Vavstuga will be rewarding. I’d love to hear how it goes for you, if you would drop me a line after you get back!
This throw is double weave, meaning two layers of fabric are woven at the same time, but it is not double width. For this double weave, the two layers change places where the blocks change, so the upper and lower layer are interlocked, and the weft at the sides interlock, too. For something double width, it’s the same two-layer concept, but the layers interlock only on one selvedge, so it can unfold when off the loom. This throw is 103cm (about 41”) weaving width.
Very happy weaving,
It’s lovely–and so is your perseverance and generosity in sharing! You are an inspiration!
Hi Michelle, You are so kind! I’m very fortunate that I get to share what I enjoy with interested friends like you.
I just discovered your blog …interesting.
I am trying double weave …and your work looks great.
However 2 questions
– what is color of the yarn you weave the coloured sections with?
– how does the back side of the cloth looks like ?
Hi Danie, The weft for the colored squares is the same colors of yarn that make the colored stripes in the warp. So, purple weft, and then the colored square, then purple, etc.
You can see some of the back of the blanket in the slideshow video in this post: Quiet Friday: Woven Radiance.
Thanks for your prompt reply.
The video is really helpful
So in one horizontal row only one square has a plain color (the same yarn for warp and weft) . And the others are mixed. Am I right ?
Sorry for my language, but I am from Belgium and English is not my mothering.
Hi Danie, In one horizontal row some squares have the same warp and weft color, and the other squares have mixed colors. Yes, that’s right.
I am happy to answer your questions.