WWW Weaving with organic cotton


I have been working on some pieces in a series called “Organica” – all on organic cotton pre-wound warps with organic cotton weft.

My latest weaving was trying out the w-w-w way of weaving (#5 on page 84 of the SAORI Self Innovation book)…

This style of weaving can be used to add some great texture to your weaving…



If you do the w-w-w each row, the cool thing is that since there is so much extra weft in each row, once the weaving is off the loom you can stretch it out to the sides…


This warp was 22 cm at the reed, once it came off the loom, it’s natural relaxation with the extra weft was 33 cm…



Once it was stretched out, it was 55 cm…


It makes a lovely random lacey effect…


and looks wonderful in a window…


It takes a long time to weave, as each row requires manipulation of the weft yarn. Once I got into the rhythm of it, I enjoyed it though and it was so much fun after to see how it would turn out!!!

Next, to wash it and see what that does to it!

Note to self – textured yarns make it more difficult to stretch it out…

Happy Weaving,

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com


9 replies
  1. Gabriella Vegvari
    Gabriella Vegvari says:

    Absolutely incredibly beautiful. I’m definitely going to try this in one of my upcoming pieces. Thanks for the series of photos and explanation.

    • Terri
      Terri says:

      Thanks Gabriella! I’m glad I thought to take photos as I went along. It was the first time that I had done this throughout the whole weaving and so I was curious how it would turn out.

  2. lynn
    lynn says:

    This is just wonderful! I love the texture and the subtle colours. It does look great in the window. More possibilities!!!

    • Terri
      Terri says:

      Thanks Lynn – yes, I finally finished it!! Many possibilities indeed. I think of the skirts that use this for shaping. I also think that this piece was very narrow, but what it would be like if it was as wide as the loom to start with and then was stretched out!

  3. Tara and Eve Roblin
    Tara and Eve Roblin says:

    ‘W’ is for WOW! Such a wonderful gossamer quality. What an inquiring mind you have Terri and such an inspiration to us all!

  4. Lynn D
    Lynn D says:

    Was wondering the dyes you used and if dyepot or the bengala and just let dry on it? Such nice shading .
    The yarn seems softly spun but it acts like a spring , is it firm or soft thrread? Like the way they all talk to each other.
    Have started back to weaving again and have a frame loom.

    • terri
      terri says:

      These yarns were colour grown organic cottons and are not dyed at all. The yarns are all very soft.

      Happy Weaving,

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