Double Width, Single Heddle Part 4: Time to weave!
"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things...
"Of shoes, and ships and ceiling wax, and cabbages and kings. Of why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings."
For some reason, I always think of Alice in Wonderland whenever I sit down at my loom, shuttles in hand, and prepare to finally start weaving.
Below is a video showing how I weave double width, with a single rigid heddle and two string heddle rods.
Let's go over each of the four sheds we'll need to make to weave double in more detail.
Shed One: Bottom layer right to left
- To create the first shed, we need to get the top layer out of the way. So lift both string heddle rods. Then, lift the rigid heddle and place it in the up position. This leaves the bottom layer slot threads relatively down compared to the threads of the top layer and the threads in the holes of the heddle. Pass your shuttle from right to the left.