The Artisan’s Institute – We are Weavers – Lesson 11 Herringbone Weave

What is a herringbone weave?

Herringbone is known as a ‘broken twill’ weave as its geometric zig zag appearance is created by half warp and half weft yarns. The name herringbone is based on its distinctive ‘v’ shaped pattern which resembles the skeleton of a herring fish.

Example of Herringbone Weave

Example of Herringbone Weave

Herringbone weave instructions

As a herringbone weave repeats after every 4 warp strings and weft passes, warp up a number of strings that multiplies by 4 (for example, 24, 28, 32)…

 

Row 1

UNDER 2, OVER 2, UNDER 1, OVER 1…

 

Row 2

UNDER 1, then: OVER 2, UNDER 2, OVER 2, UNDER 2…

 

Row 3

OVER 2 UNDER 2, OVER 1, UNDER 1…

 

Row 4

OVER 1, then: UNDER 2, OVER 2, UNDER 2, OVER 2…

 

Weave rows 1, 2, 3, 4 repetitively to build up a diagonal stripe. Refer to the ‘Taking weave off the loom’ video and notes to complete the weave.

 

Weaving tip:

Try using a thicker yarn or doubling up on yarn on the needle to see how it changes the pattern. Does the zig zag appear bolder with the thin or thick yarn? Does the zig zag get steeper and change the look of the pattern?

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