(107) FULL ~ Turned Beiderwand: One Threading, Multiple Structures. Part 1 of 4

Weaving 107

NOTE: This is a 2-day, 4-session class. Turning a beiderwand draft on 8 shafts creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one-shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures. In this online workshop, participants will warp a loom using one of three different methods for supplementary warps. Video tutorials about each method will be provided ahead of time with drafts and warping instructions. Live lectures and demos will guide participants through beiderwand basics, turning a draft and adapting tie-up and treadling to weave at least 10 different structures. Between live sessions, participants will weave samples and post photos on a photo sharing/discussion group. Final session includes a live tour of the posted photos, with participants discussing their results.

Participants will be assigned one of 12 different turned beiderwand threadings, some six-shaft and some eight-shaft, to offer variety during live sample review. Profile drafts, WIFs, threading diagrams and links to the supplementary warp videos will be provided four weeks prior to start of workshop. A second warp beam is not required, but can be used if desired. Both table and floor looms will work, but weaving involves frequent tie-up changes, which may influence your choice of loom. Karen will be available to answer immediate questions between live sessions.


Karen Donde

Experience Level:


Class Length:

Two-day Class

Class Day/Time:

Thursday Morning

Maximum Class Size:


Student Supplies:

  • Loom with 6, 8, or more shafts, warped according to directions supplied in advance. Two warp beams are helpful but not necessary.
  • Yarn: 10/2 perle cotton, tencel, or other smooth, strong yarn of equivalent size for ground warp & weft, about 2400 yards. Additional weft colors as desired. Details will come with warping instructions. Pattern warp: 5/2 perle cotton, or similar – about 1200 yards.
  • 2 boat shuttles or end-feed shuttles with a few bobbins or pirns.
  • Bobbin winder.
  • S hooks or other weights for floating selvages.
  • Pen and pencil.
  • Usual weaving supplies & gadgets: scissors, pins, measuring tape, threading & sleying hooks.
  • Preferred warping and broken-warp gadgets.
  • Tags and laundry marker for samples (cut up used Tyvek envelopes work well).

For those without two warp beams, two options will be offered for managing the supplementary warp tension. (Methods, each requiring some supplies are detailed below.) Links to video tutorials of those methods will be provided along with the drafts.

Method 1: Water bottle method:

  • 4 empty 20 oz water bottles with tight caps (or similar weights)
  • Strong string or cord (carpet warp works fine)
  • 6 large S hooks
  • Very smooth, flat length of wood, at least 11″ long, but no longer than width of your loom’s back beam. (3/8″ thick trim molding from home store works fine) Or you can use a raddle.
  • Something to space the wood molding or raddle off the ground warp, eg. Perforated foam rug pad cut into strips and folded over itself.
  • 2 medium sized adjustable clamps (most spring clamps don’t open wide enough)

Method 2: Both warps wound on same beam:

  • Firm smooth dowel, rod or stick wider than warp
  • Two empty large jugs with handles
  • Strong cord