A Knot to Make When One End is Very Short

Weaver's Knot When One End is Short
Weaver’s Knot When One End is Short

You might use this method when tying on new warps if the old warp behind the heddles is very, very short.

  1. Make a slip knot in the long thread–the worker thread.
  2. Slip the loop over at least 3/8″ of the short warp thread.
  3. Pull the tail and the standing end of the worker thread away from each other (in opposite directions from each other). This capsizes or flips the knot inside out.
  4. Tighten by holding the tail and standing end of the short thread between the thumb and forefinger of one hand; pull on the remaining standing end with the other hand.

Release, or undo the knot the same as with any weaver’s knot.

One word of caution from Vince Webers of Wilmington, Delaware: If you make the slip knot too tight to start with, this weaver’s knot won’t “upset”(capsize) in Step 3. He says you soon learn how much you should pull on the two threads. If you want to test this, try it with two ropes.

4 thoughts on “A Knot to Make When One End is Very Short”

  1. Dear Peggy, my daughter Isabel, with Downs, and I are interested to know when and if you come to the Bristol area. Both for your weaving and also to see your van. I have a similar one in Llandovery, trying to decide what to do with it. Isabel has a knitters loom from the place in the Firest of Dean that shut down… Thanks, Anita Bennett, Montpelier. Xx


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