This technique can be used as an edge finish or in a contrasting color as a decorative stitch. It creates a flat, dashed line on the surface.

Weave some plain weave.

Use a separate weft in a matching or contrasting color.

Cut a length of weft as long as 3 times the width of the warp.

The shed is closed.

Start at the right edge of the warp.

Fold the weft in half and center it on the right selvedge thread, one half of the weft goes over 2 warp threads, the other goes under the same 2 warp threads and then they swap places. Repeat across the warp.

The number of warp threads in the groups can vary according to the look you like. You can experiment with this technique and invent different looks. The main thing is that the top and the bottom “threads” switch places.

2 thoughts on “Twining”

  1. This may not be the right place but I have been trying to plying the episode where you describe picking up after you have dropped the shuttle and finding your starting this again

    • I can’t find it on the website either but I found it in my book, Weaving for Beginners on page 115. This was written for plain weave but I think you get the idea. Here’s what I said.
      “Open any shed: If the weft is loose, (it will form the diagonal that had been made in weaving that weft), the weft has already been woven in that shed. Then beat, change to the new shed and return the beater toward the heddles and enter the shuttle in the next shed.
      If the weft is tight (cannot be moved) the shed is ready for the next weft. (The weft has not been woven in that shed.) Then, enter the shuttle and continue weaving. So, you just treadle all the sheds until you get to the last one that was woven–the shed will be wide open and the weft loose in the shed. Then you know that was the last shed and you continue on with the next one after that. Does this make sense? I think I’ll make a post about it. It was a good question.


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