Waffle Weave

Another Weaving Project

Another Weaving Project

Constance is delighted to participate in another weaving project – another tea towel warp. Because we are weaving on the 8 harness Glimåkra loom in the house of a friend, there won’t be many pictures.  Waffle weave is a little more complicated than a plain weave…you need to use 5 pedals for this pattern. 

Waffle Weave Detail

Waffle Weave Detail

The zig-zag hems at the bottom of the picture are woven in twill weave using four pedals (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, repeat).  The main body of the tea towel will be a waffle weave, which uses five pedals (5-6-7-8-9-8-7-6-5-6-7-8-9-8-7-6 etc).  The tricky bit on this particular loom is that it was set up this way – the twill is 1-2-8-9, etc and the waffle is 3-4-5-6-7-6-5-4-3-etc. So the counting is not very intuitive. My brain begins to short-circuit when keeping track of colours is added to the mix. I find it helpful to check off the pattern row by row at the beginning, until the thread rhythm gets into my muscles…it is much harder to explain than to actually weave though.  

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Consolatory Waffles

Consolatory Waffles

And Constance helpfully suggests a lovely snack to take my mind off of snarled and tangled woven waffles…..

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10 thoughts on “Waffle Weave

  1. Gorgeous colors, Constance! And a snack sounds mighty good after all of those thread rhythm patterns that are running through her head….can’t wait to see the final product!

  2. The towel is just gorgeous! It should be framed instead of used to wipe off the table or catch tea drips!

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