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Weaving Twills on 4-Shafts

Twill Gamp

This pattern for the twill gamp featured in the “Weaving Twills on 4-Shafts” course.

Handwoven twill fabrics have a beautiful drape and can showcase a variety of designs with weft yarn floats that create distinctive diagonal lines. The first project in this workshop will be weaving a twill gamp, which is a way for us to experiment with many different variations of twill. And then using the information we learned from making this twill gamp, we’ll design our own project!

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 tap

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