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Thicker Rugs

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I am using a plain weave.  My concern is the finished product seems rather light and thin. What can I do to get a thicker rug and heavier rug?  Would thinner or wider strips make a difference?  Or do I need a heavier material? Thanks Bill <<

   Wider strips / thicker material is an option, but you can also affect (and effect) the thickness with the weave structure.

   Assuming a straight draft, (1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4...),  treadling it as 2/2 twill (12 23 34 41) will give a thicker rug than using the same materials and plain weave. 

   You can really thicken it up using a blanket / double weave.  Here's one I've used with a straight draft.  If you use two shuttles/colors, you can get a double sided effect with this treadling.

1        (shuttle 1)
123    (shuttle 2)
2        (shuttle 1)
124    (shuttle 2)
3        (shuttle 1)
134    (shuttle 2)
4        (shuttle 1)
234    (shuttle 2)

one of the variations
1
234
2
134
3
124
4
123


Rod
                                                   
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(You can really thicken it up using a blanket / double weave.)
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