Double width weaving

Unlike the traditional method of double width weaving on a rigid heddle loom, to weave double with the Tabby jack you do not have to buy any additional heddles or use pick up sticks.


Step one: Warp the loom.
**The first time you try double width, I highly suggest you select two high contrast yarns, this will help you tell the layers apart while getting the knack of double width weaving.

Using the direct warping method, draw each thread through a slot.

You should have four ends in each slot. Roll onto back beam (use the Tabby Jack as a tensioner as shown here)

Then take the top layer and flip it over the heddle to get it temporarily out of the way.



Step two: Sley the reed

Working with the bottom layer, sley one pick through each hole starting with the hole to the left of the first slot you warped.



Step three: Tie or lash on to the cloth beam

Step four: making the string heddles.

Follow the directions described here for making string heddles

Then, place the left-most pick of the top layer from each slot onto rod 1 and the right-most onto rod 2

Step five: How to weave. To do double width you will repeat the following pattern of 4 steps over and over.

1. Up shed bottom layer: heddle up, both rods up**. Throw the shuttle right to left. Beat


2. Shed 1 top layer: rod 1 up, heddle in neutral. Throw shuttle left to right. Beat.


3. Shed 2 top layer: rod 2 up, heddle in neutral. Throw shuttle right to left. Beat.


4. Down shed bottom layer: heddle down. Throw shuttle left to right. Beat.


**If you have a pickup stick, step 1 can be made easier by placing the stick right behind the heddle and between the two layers. This allows you to simply raise the heddle for step one, and the pickup stick will raise the top layer for you.


To make a tube instead of double width do the following: step 1 then 2 as written above, then:
  • Heddle down, shuttle right to left
  • Rod 2 up, shuttle left to right
When doing a tube, the right side of your fabric will end up with 2 warp threads next to each other. To fix this, when warping, simply add 1 extra pick to rod 1 so that the extra pick is just to the right of your work. I, personally just let the right side be doubled as it is hidden in the seam and thus not readily visible, but to each their own.

Video of Double Width Weaving using the Tabby Jack

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