This wonderful illustrated book is an inspiration for any weaver to try double weave. It is a timeless classic.
Double weave on Four to Eight Shafts by Ursina Arn-Grischott.
Published by Interweave Press in 1999. ISBN 1-883010-74-8
Using a double weave pattern with two blocks gives more flexibility to design.
Bath MatsWarp and Weft: 2/3 cotton set at 10 epi for each layer
A double warp is used therefore sett at 20 epi.
Twelve shafts are needed for this pattern. There are three blocks
Black 16 60 12 60 12 60 16
White 16 60 12 60 12 60 16
Here is the drawdown. I simplified the drawdown so that you can see the blocks clearly. For each square the number of threads is 60 white and 60 black so 120 heddles are needed. In the diagram only 24 warp ends are shown. For the space in between each block 32 heddles are needed but only only 4 are shown. This makes the diagram smaller so that it will fit onto the page and you can see the threading and treadling clearly.
From the diagram you can work out which treadling to use for different effects. If you want all white on the surface and black on the reverse use treadling 1 - 4.
If you want all black on the front and all white on the reverse use treadling 13 - 16.
For each of the two blocks you can use the correct four treadles to place the block.
|Drawdown showing possible treadling order to produce different effects.|
You can vary the pattern in many ways.
When making the warp, use a strand of white and a strand of black for each group. The white and black ends are threaded as shown. The black ends are threaded through the odd numbered shafts and the white ends are on the even numbered shafts.
Note that the weft is alternately white and black. Two shuttles are required.
I wove two mats. The width was 23.6 however with double weave and cotton this will shrink considerably.
Generous allowances were made for take up and ends of the mats.
Here is a closer look at one of the mats.
Here you can see the two sides of the mats. I deliberately varied the height of the 'squares' as it is difficult to end up with an exact square in double weave. I counted how many weft throws for each square. You can alter this to make your own variation. The warp and weft shrink when off the loom and washed.
To start and end the mats I used a thinner cotton yarn to weave 12 picks in plain weave in the same colour as the warp. This ensured that I could turn in the hem to the inside of the mat without adding too much extra thickness.
Here is a close up of the hem. I think that it is neat.
The second mat is shorter and I used a different size of square in the pattern.
As you can see at the selvedges, it is difficult to keep the black and white from showing. The two wefts should be twisted around each other so that the edge is as neat as possible.
I enjoy double weave but it is time consuming both the warp and weave. I have only used thicker threads. One day I will try a pattern with fine silk.
Susan J Foulkes March 2019