All You Need to Understand About Double Weave
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All You Need to Understand About Double Weave

Double Weave: All You Need to Understand About This Pattern

Double Weave: All You Need to Understand About This Pattern

Are you new to sewing and stuff? Well, you have probably seen double weave fabrics but know so little about it. This fabric is a family of weave styles in which the face of the fabric is efficiently detached from the back; however, at specific interlacing, each of its side maintains enough structural integrity. This makes double weave fabrics different from others.

Matelassés and tubular fabrics are the best examples and are encountered in both decorative and utilitarian roles. Naturally, matelassé types of fabrics are decorative and are typically used in both bed clothing and upholsteries.

How is Double Weave Characterized?

A sample of a double weave fabric in creation(Picture from

Basically, double weaves are characterized by harness floats – be it in paired yet with greater combinations in front or different paired yet with greater float combinations on the back. These sets of floats are kept uniquely by using warp yarns that alternate at long intervals – between the cloth’s front and back, that is.

How a Double Weave Fabric is Formed/Created

Double weave, in its simplest form, uses a point diagram as well as a filling cross section diagram. This is basically to show interchanges between the top and bottom. In most cases, warp yarns are represented by each end so as to permit easier visualizations. Various repetitions of each single end weaving pattern is combined to achieve the double face of the fabric.

A Bit of History

In one way or another, double weaves could include either shuttle or shuttle-less weaving techniques or simultaneous weft insertions in top and bottom. Nevertheless, if one is to use shuttle weaving, a continuous loop of weft yarn is interleaved from corner to corner of the fabric’s width. This technique is common to unbroken, sealed tubular fabric.

A double weave pattern(Picture from

Other technical uses of this fabric are vascular grafts and spacesuit joints. According to history, the latter being a double weave tubular fabric was pioneered by Georgia Tech in 1970s; while Dr. Howard Olson further developed its elbow and knee joints in 1980s. This had helped astronauts’ arms and legs to veer away from possible vascular destruction during bending motions.


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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