Winding a warp for double weave

I wind a lot of warps with alternate colours, usually for double weave or another kind of structure which involves two interleaved warp layers. End-on-end striping is also useful for single layer structures such as shadow weave, or just because two colours makes a richer blend than one.

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It’s not essential to take any special steps to deal with this: you can wind two yarns in exactly the same way you wind one, putting them through the cross together.

However, there are some good reasons why you might want to wind with two yarns and still keep them separate in the cross.  My personal reasons include

  • an enthusiasm for offset stripes, which are easier to manage when two warp layers are visually separated;
  • it’s a good way to keep the yarns from twisting around each other;
  • now that my hands know the moves, it’s just as quick as not doing it.

But those reasons may not cut any ice with you, and that’s fine.

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