Video tutorial-How to shape fabric by pulling the warp strands

Yesterday, I posted a blog entry about a shrug that I sewed from my handwoven fabric. (LINK)

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And, then, was asked- ‘Yes, but what does it mean when you say: Pull warp strands?’

So, I have made a video tutorial, showing how to pull warp strands to shape ruffles, like the lower edge of the shrug,

or the upper edge of the ‘Woven Woman: Butterfly Transformation” LINK (to see the full piece)

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Or, you can pull and ease the warp strands into a more graduated curve, like the yoke of this tunic:

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Here’s a closer look:

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And here’s the video:



Filed under inkle, Loom & looms & small loom weaving, tutorial & how to, weaving & handwoven, Woven Women tapestries and woven works

10 responses to “Video tutorial-How to shape fabric by pulling the warp strands

  1. Bren

    I never would have thought to pull the warp to curve a band. You don’t get that kind of manipulation with commercial goods. Thank you for turning on the lightbulb!


  2. You are so welcome, Bren 🙂 There are so many neat things that you can do with handwoven textiles that you just can’t do with commercial ones 🙂
    Happy weaving!


  3. This is very ingenious. Thank you for sharing


  4. This is an old, old, Saori weaving trick! Most of their clothing is shaped like this. Quite clever.


    • Hi Mary
      I suspect that it’s probably a technique that is thousands of years old… I am sure that people have looked at their fabric and had that ‘aha’ moment from the time that humanity started weaving. It’s such a wonderful technique- I just love it.


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  6. Noreen – You are so brilliant and creative. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with us.


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