Introduction:

Warp and weft interlocking are techniques used for adding blocks of colors and creating seams of color. In these techniques, two weft yarns are woven or join with the warp yarns.

Weaving slits between color blocks is another weaving technique used to add colors side by side. This technique creates clear lines of division between the weft yarn and the warp yarns.

In this tutorial, you will learn the technique of weaving slits. Weaving slits are used to create color blocks that 2 weft yarns do not interlock with. When you are a weaving two colors in the same row and reach the desired length with a color, the yarn is sent back to create a new row.

To learn more how to use the other weaving techniques, check out these blog posts:

Warp Interlocking: Weaving Techniques

Weft Interlocking: Weaving Techniques

Weaving SlitsTutorial

This tutorial starts with a triangle. If you would like to start with the same shape, or another shape, you can find a full tutorial here on this blog post Weaving Shapes on the Loom Guide.

Step 1: Weave a row of plain next to the the section you will weave a slit. 

Weave until the warp yarn before the other set of weaving.

Step 2: Weave back a row and secure the weft yarn with a loom comb or fork.

Continue this until you have reached the desired height. In this tutorial, the pattern progresses every 3 rows of weft and will progress forward after the three rows.

Note: The two yarns will never connect, therefore there should always be an opening between them. 

Tip: Be sure to adjust the tension between the two weft yarns and the warp. Avoid pulling the warp too hard, so that it remains straight.  

 

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Step 3: Now the three rows are woven. it matches the pattern of the weaving on the left side.

On the left of the triangle that has a pattern that deceases inward every three rows. Therefore the weft yarn on the right must follow this pattern. However, it must advance forward every three rows to fit next to the triangle. 

The next row of orange weft yarn will move one warp yarn forward.  

Continue building up the weft to match the same height of the triangle or shape to the left.  

Step 5: Progress the weft yarn another row forward and continue the previous steps until you have finished the pattern.

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Check that a slit has been created. 

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Below is an image of weaving slits on the right and warp interlocking method on the left. To learn this method on the left, check out the blog post Weave Slits: Weaving Techniques.

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Conclusion:

In this tutorial, you have learned the technique of weaving slits.

There are various techniques to weave color and create compositions, so I encourage you to find the method that works for your weaving the best. This comes with time and practice.

Over time, I have really enjoyed weaving slits between color blocks. I love the clean line lines that it creates between the colors. However, if the blocks are too high, then the stability of the yarns can weaken. Therefore I try not to weave these sections too high or use yarn between the color blocks to secure the sections.

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