Last month’s Rigid Heddle Weaving Group at In Sheep’s Clothing was all about clasped weft weaving. It was really straightforward, but I’m glad I watched someone do it (and tried it immediately afterward). It’s essentially a technique for putting more than one color on the same row, though you do get a double-thick row, making the end fabric weft-faced. There are great instructions here on curiousweaver.
It took me a few weeks, but I finally warped up the loom to get a little practice with the technique. I used up some leftover Berocco Comfort from the baby blanket I just finished. Valuable lesson learned: Comfort isn’t great for warp. It is fine once warped, but I had trouble with the yarn getting splitty while I was moving it into the slots and holes. It feels fine as weft. Another valuable lesson learned: center on the loom! I was doing rough “use all of it up” calculations, and didn’t get as far across the warp as I’d planned. Off-balance weaving is a bit hard.
Here’s a picture of some of my playing around:
I also learned that a “clasped weft row followed by normal row” pattern doesn’t quite work out; there is a floating warp string on the side when I do that. Which is kind of a shame – it was a pretty pattern in the middle. Maybe I could use it for a purse or something else where I’d be sewing and the selvages would be hidden.
I still have a TON of warp left on the loom – I’m hoping to get a chance to play with some other sorts of patterns (pick ups, perhaps) on Saturday evening.