8-shaft Loom Weaving

The purchase of an old fashioned 8-shaft table loom has opened up a whole new world of weaving opportunities for me. I can now discover distorted wefts and warps, double weave, over-shot, shadow weave, blocks and twills.....  which were not possible without 4 or more shafts. But all the techniques which I learnt on the rigid heddle loom are applicable on the 8-shaft, but with greater complexity. I will be kept busy for years!

I also find that I am experimenting with a greater variety of yarns, of different thicknesses and fibres, many of which I find in charity shops and discount yarn suppliers.

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Deflected weft with twill

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Deflected weft with leno

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Double cloth with leno

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Double cloth with leno

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Playing with over-shot