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WEAVING THE TRIANGLE LOOM

Triangle Looms can be woven in a number of different ways. Plain Weave, Tabby and Tapestry Weave are all basically the same weave.

Tabby Weave is a balanced Plain Weave, and Tapestry is a weft-face weave structure in that the pattern is formed by different-colored wefts. Plain Weave is the simplest form of weaving, in which the weft alternates over and under the warp threads and all three basically are woven in the same manner.

From a plain weave warping you can weave twills, basket weaves, Soumak, Raya Knots, Leno, or any number of different weaves that require a warp. To warp in Plain Weave you must have a warp thread for every weft thread, therefore on the Triangle loom, you must have a thread for every peg.

To Start Warping the Triangle, begin at the upper corner with the loom in an upright position and the point downward. I like to start at the upper left corner, because I am right handed, but it will depend on which side is comfortable for you.

Holding the thread, form a loop and place it over the first peg in a slip knot fashion. Pull the thread downward to the first peg on the side rail and hold the thread at that peg to keep the tension even. Circle that peg and return to the top of the loom and circle the next peg in line, hold the thread tension and move your stationary hand to that peg to keep the tension while you continue threading to the next side peg. Continue in this manner until the loom is fully warped the complete width of the loom. This will warp the loom in vertical across the entire surface of the loom, form a half-hitch knot at the upper peg to end the warp.

Now you can decide if you want to weave the shawl in plain weave or use a tapestry pattern in the weft. If you are only going to weave it plain weave you will either be using one color or more in an over under weave style. Beginning at the point of the loom you will weave upwards to the top weaving plain weave from side to side one peg up at a time. You will circle the side peg and weave by passing the weft thread under the inside warp thread of the peg and weave plain weave from side to side, repeating the same at each side rail peg. Always circling the peg and passing under the inside warp thread each time.

You need to stop about 1/2 of the way up the loom and weave from the top down 3-4 inches so you will have room to complete the weaving when you are finished. This will ease the tension strain at the top so you can finish the last few rows with a tapestry needle or a long double ended crochet hook.

If you are going to weave a tapestry pattern into the shawl you will need to proceed in the normal tapestry weave pattern that you would use.

When finished you will need to consider the finishing touches like the fringes and the edge at the top. This is not necessary, but adds greatly to the beauty of the finished piece. I use a fringe guide to cut 20" long pieces of yarn and knot each end of the thread. Folding the thread into, pull it through the edge of the shawl on the sides by each peg by the loop. Bring both ends through the loop and pull tight to form a 2 thread fringe. Continue this way down both sides of the shawl. You may want to finish the top edge of the shawl by crocheting, or knitting along the edge.

Pull the shawl off the loom and finish by washing the shawl in warm water with very little agitation to full the piece. Fulling is a process that subjects the woven fabric to warm soapy water and light agitation for the purpose of shrinking and fixing the weave.

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