3-layer warping, a tutorial

If you are a pin-loom weaver, then you are already familiar with the 3-layer warping technique.  Did you know you could apply it to potholder loom weaving!?  If you are producing a tabby (over-under) fabric with no twills, then you can weave a potholder much more quickly, with more even tension, and less wear-and-tear on your loops and hands.  Here’s how:

Step 1: place loops on every other peg of your horizontal.

Step 2: place loops on every other peg of your vertical.

Step 3: place loops on the empty pegs of your horizontal.

Step 4: weave loops on the empty pegs of your vertical.

Voila!  A finished potholder with half the weaving.

Would you prefer videos, to walk you through the entire process?  You’re in luck!

[2022 Update]: For another take on this, check out this thirty-minute silent video.

7 thoughts on “3-layer warping, a tutorial”

  1. Fantastic video. Thank you for sharing your technique.
    One question – What do you do with the pink loop that you inserted on the corner? Do you just tie it in a knot? I’m a newbie, so still learning the basics.
    – Ruth Dunn

    1. Depending on how long you want the a hanging loop to be, you can either tie the two ends of that corner loop in a knot, or pull one end through the other for a longer end.

  2. This is amazing! So, the finished pattern ends up looking the same, even if using this technique vs the standard all one-way, then weave all the others?

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