My student today had trouble seeing the floating selvedges. I got the idea to make the threads in a contrasting color! I never thought of doing that in all my years of teaching! It’s so much fun being able to dream up solutions after so many years.
Make the threads for the floating selvedges the length of the warp and wind them on a bobbin or pencil and put them in a plastic bag and hang weight on the bag–anything you can think of–enough so the thread stays in place during weaving. I used about 3 ounces of weight on each selvedge thread. Clothes pins helped hold everything in place. More on weighting separate selvege warps begins on page 306 in my new book, Weaving for Beginners. all about floating selvedges can be found beginning on page 304 in the same book.
Floating selvedges give a warp thread for the weft to go around on every shed, so there is never a thread left dangling out of the cloth at the edge. These floating threads move neither
up nor down when the sheds are made, but stay in the middle of the sheds. See Figure 520.