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2. The Two-Way Weave

The “two-way weave” is essentially two sets of French randing woven to opposite directions. While this may sound simple enough, in practice, it is among the most difficult of Willow Weaving Techniques. In order to accentuate the pattern, the weave is usually woven with doubled or tripled weavers. It’s better to use thin weavers, otherwise the work may be difficult to handle and rap down neatly.

Only attempt this technique if you can weave French Randing sections in your sleep!

Technique principles

When weaving a row in one direction, the weavers cross the weavers of the opposite row, which creates the unusual and mesmerizing look of this weave. There is probably more than one way to cross the weavers, but I’ve only figured out one way, and it’s good enough for me. I’ve also developed a practical working method that places the weavers underneath the weavers of the opposite row. This makes the weaving of the next row much smoother and easier to understand.

Inserting the weavers

Personally, I prefer to begin from the direction I’m less comfortable weaving. When beginning like this, the second set, which is the harder to insert, will be woven in my natural weaving direction. After inserting the first set of weavers, we can begin to insert the second set. Explaining precisely where to insert them is too hard to do in writing form, so I’ll skip that. But, I will emphasize the fact that from the third weaver onwards, you should arrange each weaver you’ve worked with underneath the opposite row. Again, I can’t quite explain exactly how to do it in writing. It’s all in the video tutorial above. Remember to arrange the first two weavers as well, once you finish the whole round! After both sets are in place, I recommend rapping the work down thoroughly.

Things to remember while weaving

  • Remember to arrange the weavers under the opposite set after each stroke.

  • The first two weavers in a row should not be tucked in under the opposite set until you finish the whole round.

  • Make sure to keep the pairs of weavers (or triples) arranged and aligned neatly.

  • Remember to fasten the work after each row or two.

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Asaf Salim

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