Half Satin Blocks

I'm a new member, and I'm hoping someone could help me with a project in which I'm considering using half satin blocks.  I had started wanting to use a satin weave structure, but since the design entails two blocks, and my loom is 8-harness (for satin, 2 blocks require 10 harnesses), I'm looking at half-satin as an option.  But I've never seen what it looks like and I'm completely unfamiliar with the weave.  Can anyone help?


Posted on Mon, 03/06/2017 - 22:45

Using blocks half the size of the satin unit is usually what is meant by this term. When doing drawloom weaving and damask, it is usually done when weaving a 4, 6 or 8 end satin and using design units of 2, 3 or 4 threads to get better pattern definition. True satin takes at least 5 shafts. Period. You cannot weave satin with 2.5 or 3 shafts. What you are trying to weave is 2-block pattern. With 8 shafts, you need to use 4 shafts for each block. You would then use 4 shafts for a 1/3 twill (straight or broken) and 4 shafts for a 3/1 twill (straight or broken) to get the desired effect. This is considered a damask weave (this starts with just 6 shafts and 1/2 and 2/1 twill) though you are not weaving satin. The definition of a true satin is a structure where the intersections are never contiguous (touching each other) and the minimum requirement is 5 warp and 5 weft on 5 shafts - and more are possible, for example 7, 8, 9, etc.

Posted on Wed, 03/08/2017 - 10:55

You can do a pseudo satin/sateen (if you will) on a 4 shafts. But, it is not a true satin like Sara is saying. I have woven this in a 2 block damask for towels. It works very well and looks and feels good.


In the threading, omit the double ends shown. You can use the same tie-up to design your own threading. :)