weaving damask

weaving damask - closeup on pattern
The current project that I have in school is weaving damask, a fabric in cotton for a dress and I love it!
There is a whole lot off stuff to do before you start and putting up the whole thing takes perhaps almost twist the time of a regular warp does, but it is so worth it. It makes you able to weave more figural patterns in the weave. It is hard to explain how you do it in English but Ill give it a try. The pattern is built upon sections of four threads, a pattern repeating 17 times over the width of the weave, threading through heddles in groups of four in points on ten shafts, and a liftplan. A bottom weave in 4 shaft cross twill (this is a direct translation from Swedish)

weaving damask - loom

You thread the warp two times, first through the heddles in the back, the ones that you lift manually and then in the heddles in the front the ones that are affected by the threadles.

weaving damask - lifting the pattern shafts

Pulling the little wooden handles makes the shafts and with that all groups that are threaded on that shaft (four threads in each group) rise up. Then you push the threadles and shuttle the yarn as usual as many times as you have threadles, for me four times. Then you take down the shafts and lift new ones (all depending on you pattern of course.) and repeat until you have finished you pattern.

weaving damask - what shafts to lift

Weaving this way with this setup is nice since you can try so many different patterns, it is just to lift the shafts in different ways.

weaving damask - crowns in a row
weaving damask - list
weaving damask - crowns

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6 thoughts on “weaving damask

  1. Wow what a beautiful pattern you’ve designed! Thanks for sharing the information about what I believe we call a draw loom. I never really understood the whole thing before, but your photos really helped. I weave on a 12 Shaft Countermarche loom so Damask is all new to me!

  2. Forsomeone like me who is about to attempt damask, this has been most helpful. Not sure what you mean by a cross twill.
    I like the high heels that have been discarded to do the weaving. Interested to know what you are now weaving, 12 months on.

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