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.

9 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?

  3. Love the idea, why are you not using the metal rod that comes with the loom for the
    weaving it is so much easier to do?

    1. Folks have very different preferences as to their weaving techniques — some people love the long hooks (or similar afghan crochet hooks), but Piglet usually prefers to weave with her bare hands.

      Your preference might be different if you have arthritis, or if your fingers are bigger or smaller than average, or if you’re weaving for many hours in a row, or for any one of a hundred other reasons. We definitely encourage everyone to try a few different techniques and see which one feels most natural to you.

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