Weaing Damask Face up vs Face down

I believe damask is normally woven face down. This is what I  have done so far, but occasionally I do mistreadle, which causes long floats on the face of the cloth, which if woven down I do not see until the cloth is off the loom.

I am about to embark on weaving silk damask yardage. A friend who weaves, but does not weave damask or on a double harness loom, advised me to just weave it face up. I have woven a sample face up and there are some difficulties with the pattern shafts falling when switching. I would like to hear thoughts of more experienced drawloom weavers, before I make my decision.

Thanks,

Erica

Comments

Posted on Mon, 06/15/2020 - 18:53

HI Erica....I weave damask face up because I want to see precisely what my pattern looks like as I am weaving.  Woven face up or face down, mistreadlings will cause problems.  Am I correct in supposing you are talking about weaving satin damask?  I am not sure what you mean when you say, "there are some difficulties with the pattern shafts falling when switching".....are you using draw shafts?  Is the problem with them or your ground shafts?  What kind of loom are you using and what is your threading and tie up??  

 

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 13:30

I am weaving pseudo-satin (only using 4 ground shafts). I am weaving with a Myrhead Drawloom on my Glimakra loom. Yes, the slight problem I am having is the pull handles for the pattern shafts slipping out and dropping the pattern shafts that I need pulled.

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Posted on Sat, 06/27/2020 - 07:48

This weaving is going right along. I am still strugglingvwith tgexsged a bit. I havw a new,Folke shuttke on rhe way. 

However I have noticed the left side of the shed is smaller than the right. Also my shafts are not returning to neutral. I am using the drall pulleys and elastics 

Thanks for any advice!

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