Weaving Study Group: Twills on 4-Shafts

In this first weaving study group, we will work on getting started with weaving on 4-shaft looms and work towards weaving our first twill gamp. Following this study group, you'll be able to design your own twill project using the yarns you've chosen to work with.

Felicia Lo · November 3, 2021

In this first weaving study group, we will work on getting started with weaving on 4-shaft looms and work towards weaving our first twill gamp. Following this study group, you’ll be able to design your own twill project using the yarns you’ve chosen to work with.

If you are wanting a little warm up to get started with a 4-shaft loom before we begin the study group, I encourage you to do these things to get ready:

  • Assemble your tools and equipment: you’ll need a 4-shaft loom (either a table loom or floor loom works) with a 15″ weaving width for the gamp and a 45″ weaving width (I used the Leclerc Mira II to make the blankets). You can adjust your future twill project to fit whatever size loom you have.
  • Work through the Multishaft Weaving Basics sampler and watch the Essential Weaving lessons
  • Put on a narrow (7 or 8” wide) warp with a wooly, worsted yarn
  • Practice winding bobbins, throwing the shuttle, checking the angle of your weft, and weaving good 50/50 balanced cloth (check your ppi and epi)
  • Watch the Weaving Twills on 4-Shafts course for a preview of what we’ll be doing.
  • If you want to weave the twill gamp as-shown in the course, you’ll need three cones of Gist Beam for the cotton version or three skeins of BFL+Silk Fine​​​​​​​ for the wool version.

We’d also love to see your progress along the way! Share with us in the SOS Community Forums and tag any social media posts with #sosweavingstudygroup, so we can showcase your work too!

 

Taking place today, join Amanda @amanda_f_wood and Greta @gretacornejomakes online for a Rigid Heddle Study Group finale meet-up! We'll share what we've woven and learned as part of the weaving study group, whatever point you may be at in your project. ⁠

We'll be meeting today, August 26th at 11am PDT (2pm EDT). Find the Zoom meet-up link in the SOS Events Calendar (link in bio). See you online soon!⁠



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How is it already this time… the final week of our Rigid Heddle Study Group is here! Our weaving continues on and this week we're focused on finishing up our projects before it's time for wet finishing. We've got video links for you to follow at the week four update, and then head over to the SOS forums and share your progress with us there!⁠

A reminder that tomorrow, August 26th at 11am PDT, is our Study Group Final Meet-Up! Join Amanda @amanda_f_wood and Greta @gretacornejomakes online to share everything you've woven and learned as part of the weaving study group.⁠

Find the link and week four update at the study group page – link in bio »⁠



#sosweavingstudygroup #sosweaving #sosrigidheddleweaving #schoolofsweetgeorgia #rigidheddle #rigidheddleweaving #weaving #handwoven #rigidheddleweavers

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When you come and sit down at your loom, what are you focused on? Are you obsessing over a perfectly balanced cloth? Perhaps you are a fastidious sampler out to find the perfect sett for your dream project? No? Maybe your inner monologue runs a bit like mine—I worry that if I don’t focus on all the technical aspects, then the cloth I weave won’t be any good. I also worry that if I overthink things, then I will lose hold of that joyful spark that makes weaving oh-so-fun. Oh, quite the conundrum!⁠

Over at the SOS site, continue reading enthusiastic lifelong learner, fibre artist (and fabulous SOS Member) Amanda Buckley's @mandythephilomath new article, as she follows a question Felicia asked in the recent weaving study group about "What is Good Cloth?".⁠

Full article now available up at the School – link in bio!

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Yarn

Cotton Gamp: Warp & Weft: 3 cones of Gist Beam 3/2 organic cotton, 1 each in Natural (warp colour), Cobalt (weft colour), and Hibiscus (contrast colour) (630 yd / 576 m per 8 oz / 227 g cone; 100% organic cotton).

Wool Gamp: Warp & Weft: 3 skeins of SweetGeorgia BFL+Silk Fine​​​​​​​, 1 each in Birch (warp colour), Trinket (weft colour), and Lollipop (contrast colour) (370 yd / 338 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein; 75% bluefaced leicester, 25% silk).

 

Equipment & Tools

4-shaft loom with a minimum 15" / 38 cm weaving width for cotton gamp or a 20" / 50 cm weaving width for wool gamp

4-shaft loom with a minimum 45" / 110 cm weaving width for blankets

12-dent reed (sleyed 1-1-1-1-1-2 for cotton gamp)

2 shuttles and at least 2 bobbins, warping board, reed hook, heddle hook, tapestry needle, measuring tape

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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