Silk Double Corduroy
Silk pile fabric using a double corduroy technique from Peter Collingwood’s The Techniques of Rug Weaving. This is a very easy technique for pile rugs and can be woven on four shafts. It is a great way to use up lots of odds and ends of yarn to make a rug. I imagine that rags could also be an interesting pile weft. A fellow weaver once used up all sorts of weights and colours of wool by overdyeing the yarns and then blending on the shuttle so that the weft was always approximately the same diameter. The length of the pile can be altered by using a pick-up stick to extend the loop length, either all the same length, or changing the pile length for a structural effect.
For this sample I used 12/2 silk – not for a rug! The pile weft used up silk thrums from another project and was woven straight across with no loop extension for a very short pile. I sett it at 16 epi, and wove it at 35 ppi, using a single thread for the tabby picks and tripled on the bobbin for the pile picks with all the same yarn. I cut the pile on the loom, after weaving a number of inches, using a homemade device (bobby-pin taped to a piece of metal rod) to hold the loops up off the ground fabric.
The drawdown with a few tabby picks before and after a number of corduroy repeats. The repeat is 6 picks. The pile weft is shown in black as bundle of three wefts, not picks.
Page 400 -401 in The Techniques of Rug Weaving has pick by pick shuttle throwing directions for weaving double corduroy. It is important to follow these directions.