History of Weaving
Learn more about the history of weaving—from the first use of a hand-operated loom to the invention of the shuttle to steam-powered looms.
Get a high-level look at the basics of weaving, including its history and the basic actions of interlacing yarn to form a woven textile.
Motions of the Weaving Loom
Learn about basic functions of the weaving loom—from shedding and filling insertion to beat-up and warp control.
Take a look at what goes into designing woven textiles, from conception to creation, including technical design and design implications.
The plain weave is the oldest, simplest, and most often used woven structure. Learn more about plain weaves and plain weave variations.
Twill fabrics have diagonal lines on the cloth face formed by floating warp yarns over filling yarns. Learn more about twill weaves and twill weaves.
Satin weaves have a soft, smooth, and lustrous face with no appearance of pattern formation. Learn more about satin weaves and satin weave variations.
Jacquard is a patterned fabric produced on a weaving loom. Learn more about the jacquard weave.
Pile fabric has yarns intentionally protruding from the surface of the cloth in loops. Learn about the pile weaves corduroy, velvet, and velveteen.
Fabric made on a dobby loom allows weaves to be created using small geometric patterns. Learn about the dobby loom and dobby fabric.
Learn about the specialty weaves Bedford cord, crepe, and piqué