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Weaving a Stripe Pattern for a Belt

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You may want to read the previous installment on how to set up a frame loom to weave a belt. There are several projects set up on the loom shown, but only the striped belt is covered here.

Each color is tied off to the frame, one on each side of the warp strings.

We are ready to begin the weaving.

The stripe pattern is formed by lifting every other string. And for the second color, lifting the opposite set of strings. You may want to call them 'even' and 'odd' strings. Counting from left to right, the odd numbers (1,3,5,7) are one set, and the even numbers (2,4,6) are the other.

In this pattern diagram, the odd set is red, and the even set is blue. When one set of warp strings is lifted for a weft string to pass underneath, it is sometimes referred to as a 'shed.' This stripe pattern has two 'sheds', one created by the red strings, and the other by the blue strings. (as shown in the diagram above)

Different patterns can be made by using different 'shed patterns' and more colors. Using only one color instead of stripes is possible also, and is called 'tabby weave.'

When using more than one color, an important part of the weaving is the interlocking of the two weft strings at the side.

This is done by lifting one color over the other, as shown above. You will only need to interlock the threads when both colors are at the same edge.

One weft string then 'locks' in a loop around the other color. If you do not interlock your weft threads, there is nothing to hold the weft to the 'outside' warp string.

Here, the purple has been interlocked over the blue, and is held at the edge by it.

Then, on its next pass, the blue is held by the purple's lock.

A detail shot of the interlock.

The interlock in motion.

The interlock, as seen from the side.

The belt in progress.

This pattern will continue until the belt is long enough for use.

Also see Nigel Hall's weaving pages. There is a good description of how to take the weaving off of the loom here. I'll be covering this topic in the future, when I have a sample to take pictures of. He also shows a very different way to warp a smaller frame loom and create sheds.

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