Peggy’s Weaving Tips > Doubling Stand: Make Your Own


Doubling Stand (with optional tension box) click to enlarge

This is taken from my book #3, “Weaving & Drafting Your Own Cloth“, page 67. More on doubling stands follows on page 67. How to make your own is at the end of the tip.

Have you ever wanted to combine two or more
yarns as one weft? Have you discovered it
doesn’t work very well because, no matter what
you’ve tried, one yarn always loops up so they
don’t lie flat together in the shed? The answer
is: use a doubling stand to double up weft
yarns so they come out of the shuttle together
and evenly.

Warning!! Do not double warp yarns because the upper and lower yarns will be of different tensions when they leave the doubling stand. It isn’t a problem with weft yarns.
Doubling stands can be homemade or purchased. Figure 112 shows a commercially
made stand. (Note the optional tension box for winding tight weft packages.)One or more yarns are put on vertical posts with the yarn guided exactly up from the centers of the posts, just like an ordinary vertical creel. Read more about creels on page 76.
Above these yarns is a single cone or spool of yarn supported by a vertical tube instead of a post. The yarns below are guided up through their respective thread guides and then up through the tube and the center of the extra cone. Then, the lower yarns plus the upper one are taken together up through a guide above the center of the top cone. You can see what happens: The yarn from the upper cone encircles the yarns coming up through its center. This encirclement keeps all the yarns together without any of them looping up during weaving (Figure 113).
To guide the bottom threads up through the cone on top, fashion a long hook from a coat hanger or use a long heddle.
The three keys to keep in mind when setting up a doubling “situation” or in making a
homemade stand are:
1. The thread guides for the lower spools must be exactly over the center of the pins
or dowels that hold the spools or cones.
2. There must be enough space between the tops of all the packages and their thread
guides to allow the yarn to whip off the packages freely.
3. The top cone or spool must have a way for the lower yarns to pass up through its center.
A tube to hold the top cone is the hardest thing to find—try hobby shops. You could use a short length of copper tubing with the sharp ends sanded. However, there are many other ways to accomplish the job. I’ve seen one cone underneath an upside-down “milk crate” with another cone sitting on top and the thread from below coming up a hole in the crate and through the top cone. There are many ways
you might make (or rig)a doubling “stand”.

4 thoughts on “Peggy’s Weaving Tips > Doubling Stand: Make Your Own”

  1. These are wonderful to have! I used to make my own, with a reed to separate the different yarns. Worked really well. but I sure would like a proper stand like this!

  2. I found a cheaper low-tech way of achieving a doubling stand: use a wire shelving unit. For example, if you get a 4-tier metal wire rack, it costs less than 100 bucks and is delivered within 2 days. You can easily accommodate 5 cones feeding each yarn strand up through the center of the cone above so that each strand doubles on itself.

    Compare this to Purrington where it will cost over 200 bucks and the delivery takes 2-3 months given their current backlog.

    Not as “artistic” or natural looking but infinitely more practical.


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