Recently my co-worker Sara told me about using fishing line for your selvages to produce straight edges. I’ve always struggled with trying to keep the edges of my weaving even. So I couldn’t wait to try this in my next project.
The green towel I wove without fishing line, producing my usual uneven edge.
For the purple towel, I added fishing line (20 lb) to the selvages and weighted each to keep the tension taut. Not only was I able to easily weave an even edge, I was able to weave a lot faster. I could throw my shuttle across the shed without worrying about my edges pulling in unevenly. Weaving suddenly became a lot less fiddly.
Once you take the weaving off of the loom, the fishing line can easily be slipped out of the finished fabric.
Edit: I’ve had some requests for additional information regarding this tip.
- Tie the fishing line to the front apron rod.
- Thred the fishing line along side the first and last warp ends in the reed.
- Since the fishing line is a floating selvage, it does not go through any heddles.
- If your pattern is a twill or other weave structure that would result in floats along the selvages, use the fishing line along next to your yarn floating selvage. (Thanks for pointing this out Sandra.)
- The fishing line hangs over the back beam, weighted to keep the tension tight.
- If you want to, you can reuse the fishing line for your next project after pulling it out.
I will definitely be using fishing line again for my next weaving project.