Double Weave on 4-Shafts

Learn how to double weave on 4-shafts loom: weave a mini sampler, bread bag and a blanket. December 15th Release.

Felicia Lo · November 7, 2022

Coming on December 15 to the School of SweetGeorgia.

Learn how to double weave on a 4-shaft loom in this video course with Felicia Lo. You will find patterns for a mini sampler, a bread bag, plus a double weave blanket (review the 0.1 Double Weave on 4-Shafts Materials page to get ready before the course launch). In this course, Felicia introduces you to the concept of double weave and how it all works. We’ll do that by weaving a sampler and then a double-width blanket. We know you can read all the books about double weave and look at diagrams and weaving drafts until your head spins… but at the end of the day, sitting down before your loom and just practicing raising different shafts to create different sheds will really help you understand how it all comes together.

For this course, you can use a table loom, a jack loom, a countermarch loom, or a counterbalance loom. Felicia shows you how all the techniques work on the different looms, so you’ll feel confident with your equipment.

We hope you’ll also join us for the two live events, both of which will be recorded and added to the course:

Weaving Calculations for Double Weave on November 16, 2022 10:00 AM PT; (recording available now)
Q & A for Double Weave on 4-Shafts on January 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM PT (recording will be posted)


  • How does double weave work?
  • Double weave threading
    • Odds vs evens
    • Parallel threading
  • Double weave tie-ups for 4-shafts looms
    • Jack loom
    • Counterbalance tie-up
    • Countermarche tie-up
  • Double weave sequences
    • Weaving two separate layers (two shuttles)
    • Weaving double width (one shuttle)
    • Weaving a tube (one shuttle)
  • More double weave notation
  • Sett and yarn choices
  • Weaving double weave
    • Weaving the mini sampler
    • Weaving a double width blanket
      • Setting up the blanket warp
      • Weaving the blanket
  • Tips for weaving double weave
  • References & resources

Included in the Double Weave on 4-Shafts course is a comprehensive workbook containing double weave theory, tips, and resources. The course includes a sampler pattern and a double-width blanket pattern.

Course Materials

If you run into any trouble, check out the troubleshooting video. You can always chat with us and share your progress and questions in the SOS Community Forums, too. We’re here to help and support you on your fibre arts journey!

Join us! Tag your posts on Instagram #sosweaving and #schoolofsweetgeorgia so we can see them!

4500 yards of Harrisville Shetland just arrived for a double weave blanket I’m planning on weaving in 2023 #sosweaving #schoolofsweetgeorgia A bit terrified of my upcoming project 😂😍 I better finish weaving the warp currently on my loom!

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Following many of our online live lectures and Zoom events, we share recordings at the SOS site so members who were unable to take part live can still join in and learn along with what was discussed during the meetup. ⁠

Now available for viewing, you can find the replay video of Laura Fry's Drafts and Drafting live lecture! Laura dives into the principles of learning how to read weaving drafts with plenty of practical tips to put into practice. For example, do you know why it’s important to read the introduction in your weaving books? Each author uses different looms, which means different tie-ups. Learn more about this and much more at Laura's fabulous lecture replay at the School–direct link in bio »

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Taking place tomorrow on Zoom, join Felicia for a Weaving Crafternoon session which will be all about using our weaving calculator to help design our projects — everything from simple plain weave scarves to the double weave blanket and sampler projects we are releasing soon. At tomorrow's session, we'll be looking at how the numbers were calculated for the upcoming Double Weave on 4-Shafts course so you can plan your own double weave project! ⁠

We'll begin tomorrow, November 16th at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). Find the Zoom link at our SOS Events Calendar »⁠

If you can't join in tomorrow, we will also record this meetup for archiving on the SOS website.⁠

#sosweaving #schoolofsweetgeorgia #felicialowong #lomeetsloom #doubleweave #multishaftweaving #weaversofinstagram #weaversofig

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Every time I come back to my loom, a little someone was playing #sosweaving

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And my beloved counter yall I highly recommend. This is from cocoknits but using for all fiber arts.

I drafted this pattern and memorized it but I can’t keep track of how many repeats without stopping to write it down and hoping I remembered to stop. I asked for this as part of the sos scholarship I received because of convenience and being in my face. It is magnetic so I stick it on the bolt securing my shafts. I see it constantly so I remember to pause for a second to click. Now I have a pattern and length that I should be able to recreate from project to project. This time around I’m looking for 19 repeats (I’m actually way further along than 3, I’m just bad at social media and this photo is like 4 days old… I prefer to experience the moment and share in retrospect, please forgive 🙇🏽)

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Houndstooth under tension 👀 very deconstructed color and weave patterns coming through, love that. You can almost tell, I’m working a horizontal gradient from berry to maroon and working a vertical gradient from rust to maroon. Should make for an interesting look. The golden tones are a tonal mustard shade.

I’m interested to see if the gradients meet and create color movement like I’ve imagined in my head and planned with numbered bobbins and specific warp winding.

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Slow and steady weaving away a moving houndstooth project I drafted🙇🏽

This is using sweetgeorgia tough love sock and a sock blank. You’ll see I treat the two differently. Tough love sock is thrown as normal. I make sure there is a bit of room for the yarn to traverse the threads in my throwing angle or arch. I do the same with the sock blank(rusty berry) but to a much lesser degree. I haven’t figured out how to get the crinkles out of the yarn after frogging the blank, winding a ball under tension, resting the yarn and then winding bobbins… so I’m leaving less wiggle room since there is some built in to the yarn.

I’m weaving very slowly here because I’m carrying yarn up the selvage, being mindful of draw in, and aiming for a specific set I determined at the beginning of this project. Especially important knowing I’m working with superwash that won’t full, nor shrink as much as virgin wool, my tension, etc.

I decided to draft a signature houndstooth pattern with variations in threading from 2 through 8 and throwing 6 or 4 shots of swapping colors. I actually used a drafting software which I’ll share about in the YouTube video to come.

Anyways- Here is about ten minutes of weaving, real time, in silence (save for the occasional car outside), advancing the warp, changing bobbins, and even using my new row counter from the sos scholarship (I’m using it to count each full repeat of throwing pattern this project).

The schoolofsweetgeorgia scholarship in motion and treating me well🙇🏽🙇🏽🤌🏾🤌🏾

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About Instructor

Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver // author + youtuber // been writing about colour and craft since 2004 // has far too many instagram accounts @lomeetsloom, @felicialowong, and @sweetgeorgia.

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