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« on: July 06, 2008 03:32:55 AM »

This might be a really silly question for all you weavers, but how do I join a new weft thread?
Weaving books are really hard to get here in Germany and the one I found just says to overlap old and new thread a little and to continue weaving.
Does that work? Is this how you do it?

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2008 01:33:08 PM »

There are a few ways to do this, but the one hard rule is you  DON'T KNOT!!

1. Overlap anywhere 1"-2"
2. Like #1 but a bit more tricky.  Before starting new weft, split both ends in half by unplying the yarn 1"-2" on both wefts and cutting off half the ply.  Overlap the split wefts.
3. Leave the ends hanging off the side then cut back to selvedge or weave back in after washing and blocking.

I've used all these methods and it really depends on what I'm weaving.



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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2008 02:09:59 PM »

Thanks a lot!  Smiley
I will try the second tip, I think this is also common in knitting for wool yarn, but I haven't tried yet. I never thought of knotting, because as a knitter I know that knots are BAD BAD BAD!  Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2008 09:35:49 PM »

thanks for this info (and for asking the question!).  I've been wondering if I was doing this "right" or if there are better ways to join in a new weft yarn.   I think I need to try #2, it sounds like it might be a good solution for thicker yarns

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008 08:20:39 AM »

Sometimes I do that and sometimes I just leave a tail to weave in later.

I usually send one pick across and beat down, then change shed and come up 1 inch (2 cm) or so in.
I then start from the opposite side without changing the shed, and leave a bit of tail to the new thread. Beat down and change shed.
Now I use my hands and put the tail of the new thread 1 inch or so in the new shed. Your shuttle is on the opposite side of the warp and you bring it across normally. Beat down, change sheds and weave.

When I have moved on a bit, I trim the tails that are sticking out toward me in the weaving. (Being careful not to cut anything else as I can be a klutz.)
This holds remarkably well, but if I am making a lot of color changes back and forth, I try to work the threads into my selvedge instead of wasting time and yarn with this. I think that you can use much less of the thread in the trapped end than I do, but I really don't want everything to fall apart.

If the yarns I am weaving are very different weight and I don't think the fell line will be even after I do this, I leave a tail hanging off of the side of the warp and weave it in after removing the piece from the loom.

This is all with a rigid heddle loom. (Not as much tension on the warp and the beating down is usually less forceful than other looms.)
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