(110) This Doesn’t Look Like Plain Weave

The over-one, under-one plain weave interlacement is the foundation of numerous weaving patterns and techniques, including Beiderwand, deflected double weave, double weave, color-and-weave effects, thick-and-thin, warp rep, M’s-and-O’s, honeycomb, etc. This means that some designs that appear complex are easier to weave than it may seem.

This workshop will explore some of these to give a general understanding of eight different weave structures or techniques with special focus on how they relate to plain weave. And because many are block weaves, the class will also be introduced to/review block-design theory.

Different drafts are available for a variety of experience levels from novice to advanced. To keep the round robin moving, each draft will be available on at least two looms. Although the number of looms with duplicate drafts is dependent on the number of registrants and may vary, all structures will be covered in the lecture.


Karen Donde

Experience Level:

All Levels

Maximum Class Size:


Equipment required

4-shaft Loom, 8-shaft Loom, Pre-warped

Student Supplies:

  • 4- or 8-shaft loom warped according to instructions provided in advance.
  • Yarn for weaving the assigned draft, which will vary by draft.
  • 1 or 2 shuttles and several bobbins.
  • Usual weaving tools and supplies.
  • Bobbin winder (can be shared)
  • Weighting material for drafts that require weighting supplementary warps.
  • Printed copies of some digital handouts.
  • A few sheets of graph paper.
  • 4-6 colored pencils.
  • Wash-safe tags and markers for labeling samples.
  • Fray Check or similar product
  • Note-taking supplies.
  • 10-12 plastic page protectors to hold samples & 3-ring binder (optional)


Pre-warp a loom according to drafts and instructions provided in advance.