Twining: Weaving Technique

Twining is a weaving technique used to add texture and movement to weaving, but also strengthens edges. As an alternative to hemstitch, twining can be used to finish weaving.

Twining requires 2 sets of yarns. Twining can be done with the same color yarn, however in this tutorial, two different color yarns will be used to differentiate the steps in the instructions. The blue yarn (color 1) is used for plain weave, and the light blue (color 2) yarn is used for wrapping around the first yarn, creating the twisted appearance (twining). Two rows of the twisted yarns next to each other create a braid appearance.

Twining Tutorial Instructions:

Step 1: Weave a row of plain weave with yarn 1 (color 1) in one direction.

Twining: Weaving Technique

Step 2: Every other column of warp the weft runs above the warp, which creates a X cross. With yarn 2 (color 2) weave around and under every X crossing in the same direction.

Twining: Weaving Technique

Twining: Weaving Technique

Twining: Weaving Technique

Step 3: Continue this until the end of the warp or desired section.

Twining: Weaving Technique

Step 4: Beginning the second row, weave yarn 1 to the opposite direction.

Twining: Weaving Technique

Step 5: The twining pattern will continue in the opposite direction. With yarn 2 (color 2) weave around and under every X crossing in the same direction.

Twining: Weaving Technique

Twining: Weaving Technique

Step 6: Continue this until the end of the warp or desired section. A braid pattern will appear.

Twining: Weaving Technique

How to use twining in weaving?

Twining is used to give weaving structure and add texture and movement!

Here are a few ideas for using twining in your next project:

  1. Use twining to create a braid pattern. Try using yarns with different color, textures and thicknesses.
  2. Weave a scalloping or wave shape pattern.scalloping with Twining: Weaving Technique

use the negative space: opened spaces can add another dimension and point of interest to weaving

fill in the negative space: with the same or a different color weave plain weave or another pattern between the empty wave shapes

scalloping twining negative space positive space

For a complete tutorial for weaving a scalloping shape, check out this blog post, Scalloping : Weaving Techniques.

  1. Create dynamic line work. Combining other patterns (such as soumak weaving) and/colors with twining you can layer and build various designs.

For a full tutorial on other weaving pattern or techniques, be sure to check out the following post: Loom Weaving Tutorial: 6 Weaving Patterns for Beginners 

  1. Secure yarns between sections. At the end of weaving or a weaving section you can secure yarn in place. Two or more rows can increase the security.

Conclusion

Twining is a diverse weaving technique. Although it takes time to become accustomed to using it, with some practice it will become easier.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope that these tutorials have helped answer your questions about twining weaving.