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Very Basic Thread Weaving on a Fishing Rod by Raymond C. Adams

A weave is done on a rod by placing a number of threads on the rod running from butt to tip (we call these the DESIGN threads) and then wrapping over all of them ( we call this the wrapping or overwrap thread ) at first for a few windings to anchor them down then moving some or all of the DESIGN threads over to the LEFT side of the wrapping thread and turning the rod then moving some or all of the design threads to the left or right side of the wrapping thread and turning the rod again. This process is done a number of times until the pattern is completed. The "design" threads are placed on the rod using masking tape or placed in a "jig" and then the jig is attached to the rod. A jig allows for quicker and easier identification of the threads. Each design thread is numbered from top to bottom. Show below is 7 design threads attached to the rod with masking tape. The tape is "sticky" side up and the threads are stuck to it.

Then a wrapping thread is started over the top of all of the design threads and 6 or 8 wraps done. And more masking tape is put on the "left" side with sticky side up.

Now lets weave the letter "H" on the rod. We start by moving all 7 of the design threads over to the left side of the wrapping thread keeping them in the same order. Then we turn the just once.

Now all 7 threads are exposed ABOVE the wrapping thread for one wrap ( or turn ). Next, we move some of the design threads back over to the right side of the wrapping thread but LEAVE thread # 4 on the left side where it is now. See below:

Now we turn the rod just once more keeping the wrapping thread tightly against itself. See below.

Notice how all of the design threads that were on the left side previously are shown above the wrap thread And now all but the #4 thread are covered over by the wrapping thread? Now we turn the rod 4 times leaving all of the design threads in place without moving any of them. See below.

Now we move all of the threads that are on the right side back over to the left side again and turn the rod 1 turn.

Next we move ALL of the design threads (including #4 ) back over to the RIGHT side and turn the rod several times to complete the letter "H"

Notice how the bar across the middle of the "H" is angled down slightly? Well, you can pull on the #4 thread at an upward angle and straighten the bar out.

Since we are done with this simple letter "H" weave now we can finish off the wrap. We do this by cutting The design threads at an angle so we don't end up with a ledge that the wrap thread will fall off of. Remove the masking tape from both sides. Then we just wrap over the design threads completely and add a matching trim to finish it off.

That is just a very brief tutorial on how to wrap a single color single layer pattern.

Now lets discuss pattern and "left list" reading.

Every weave pattern should show a grid with solid or shaded blocks depicting areas that the design threads are exposed above the wrapping thread along with a row of numbers along the left side of the pattern from top to bottom indicating the number of design threads and a row of numbers along the top of the pattern indicating each turn of the rod. By looking at those numbers it is easy to see how many design threads makes up the pattern and how many times you have to turn the rod to completed the pattern.

So, in the pattern above for making the capitol letter "H" we see that the pattern indicates 7 design threads and it will take 7 turns of the rod to complete. The left lists shows only the design threads will be on the LEFT side during each step after the wrapping thread is started and the design threads are locked down and it time to start the pattern. All numbers NOT listed in a line of the left list will stay or be placed on the RIGHT side during that step. If the threads numbers are separated by a coma (,) those threads are by themselves but, if the numbers are separated by a dash then all of the threads between them are also included. So, if the line reads 1, 5, 7, that means threads one five and seven alone will be on the left during that step. However, if the line reads 1 ­ 7 that means all the threads one thru seven ( 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 )will be on the left during that step. If "Do" is stated in a line of the left list that means that all of the threads STAY where they were on the last step and NONE are moved left or right. All you have to do is turn the rod once and go to the next step. So, if we look at the LEFT LIST above we see that: Step # 1 reads 1 ­ 7 which means all 7 threads will be put on the left side during step #1. Step # 2 reads 4, so only thread number 4 stays on the left and threads 1- 3 and 5- 7 are moved over to the right side Steps #3, #4, & #5 reads "Do" so for each of those steps no threads are moved one way or the other and all we have to do is turn the rod once for each of the steps #3, #4, & #5. Step # 6 reads 1 ­ 7 so that means all 7 threads are again placed on the LEFT side. Step #7 reads "none" so all the threads are moved back over to the RIGHT side. Below are the patterns and "left lists" for the entire alphabet (in upper case) done with 7 design threads

To weave your name all you have to do is weave each letter and separate each letter by turning the rod from 1 to 3 times depending on how you like them spaced. Each letter will be about 3mm square if you use size "C" design threads and size "D" wrapping thread. This size is fine for smallest diameter rods but seem very small on larger rods. The larger the thread size the larger the pattern will be but you loose some detail as the threads get bigger in size. Larger patterns with fine detailing use MANY smaller threads. Trick: you can make the letters WIDER and THICKER by turning the rod 2 TIMES at every step instead of just 1 TRY IT! More information can be found in the books by Dale P. Clemmens "Advanced Custom Rod Building" and "Custom Rod Thread Art". Oh! I almost forgot! Below are several sets of the weaving jigs made by Doc Ski. These jigs are used in place of masking tape to hold all of the design threads straight and in proper order. Working with only 7 threads is easy but when you start working with more numbers of threads it can be a real pain to keep them orderly!. These jigs and MANY of Doc Ski's original weaving patterns as well as Doc's DVD's can be purchased at and several other rod building suppliers. If you really want to learn the art of weaving Doc Ski's DVD's are a MUST HAVE!

If you have any questions (or comments) I would be glad to answer them as best I can. Email me: [email protected]



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