Monday, September 7, 2009
Twining edge on backstrap loom
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I'm going to put a twined edge on a backstrap loom piece to create a fancy finished edge to a continuous warp piece. Here my warp is stretched between two warp sticks. Each warp loop is spread about 1/4 inch apart for 8 per inch sett. Binding a second bar to the warp stick helps keep the spacing intact.
Using two colors for contrast, I'm tucking each color alternately behind a warp. As I twine a warp, I try to lay the twine to the right. The next color must come up over the previous twine then behind the next warp. Lay the twine to the right, next color up over the previous, then behind the next warp.
Lay the twine to the right, next color up over the previous, then behind the next warp.
All done. An overhand knot at the end finishes the edge cord. Ready to be lashed to the loom bar. Count the warps in the picture. Number 17 from the right side did not get twined, both twines are on top of the warp, not one behind it.
Lashing the twined edge to the loom with more yarn, I am threading yarn under the twine and between the warp loops. The edge cords hold the warp loops for the weaving.
Here's a closeup of the missed loop. Run the lash cord through the loop to attach to the loom bar. Weaving will secure it to the rest of the piece and it will be unnoticeable.
Working on the other side, different colors used. Twine up and behind the next warp.
Done and lashed to the loom bar.
Both sides done and ready for weaving.
Jumping ahead to the finished piece. Unthreading the lashing out of the piece, leaving a finished twined edge.
Have a good day!