My first mohair throw was woven for a wedding gift. I used a beautiful mixture of mohair, fancy yarns with slubs, and ribbon. Since that first throw I have woven hundreds of throws to keep people warm. The benefits of mohair – so light and so warm.
Most weavers ooh and ahh about mohair, but seem reluctant to weave with it. But there are a couple of simple tricks to warping and weaving mohair that I will share with you. I am describing weaving a tabby (plain weave) warp threaded 1,2,3,4 and I wove all my plain weave throws at 6 ends per inch. I tied all my warps onto a previous one and rolled onto the back beam. (because mohair is a luxury yarn a way to save is to put on a “dummy warp” to tied onto) In order to beam this warp without all the threads sticking to each other, treadle a basic plain weave shed and either weight the treadles or slip a dowel between them to keep them separated. Proceed to roll on. The warp threads are all spread apart and it will go on very easily.
Weaving on a direct tie-up is how to weave mohair easily without tearing out your hair or tearing off the warp in frustration. In other words, one shaft is tied to one treadle. I tied them left to right, 1,2,3,4. First depress 1 , continue to hold it down and depress 3. Throw your shuttle and beat (delicately – you are placing your weft to achieve a balanced weave at 6 epi/6ppi ) Second pick – treadle 2, then 4 and throw your second pick. Repeat. By raising only one thread in four the warp shed would separate easily and didn’t stick.
I have managed to do this on a parallel countermarche loom as well. I tied one treadle of the pair to shaft 1, the second of the pair to both shafts 1 and 3. The same for 2 and then 2 and 4. By raising a single shaft first and then both together I achieved the same process. The warps didn’t stick.