Dubbelbinding is a double-faced (and therefore double thickness) textile which has a twill base. It is a useful weave if you want to create a cloth with a different colour on each side.
It’s different from a doubleweave cloth as the threads that form the two faces in dubbelbinding constantly interlock to form a stable and integrated cloth. By contrast in a doubleweave textile you will find two distinct layers which are only conjoined when the design blocks exchange their layers, or faces.
This fantastic old weave was also much loved for the additional warmth it provided by creating a thicker cloth.
For this design I have alternated bands of twill stripes with bands of twill damask and dubbelbinding. As the two different colour blocks need two shuttles to carry the different colours, it is a very slow weave as one exchanges shuttles after each throw to build the dubbelbinding sections.
The Dubbelbinding throw is woven in the softest of lambswool, like all my throws. Afterwards I cut the cloth from the loom, bind the ends, and scour and full the cloth by hand in order to get the handle of the fabric just right. The scouring and fulling is all done manually too and it can take about an hour to get the soft and luxurious feel to the cloth, that I like and want my customers to experience. Once I am satisfied I hang it out to dry, then carefully steam press it and hand sew its label in place.
For this throw I also chose to give it a hand stitched hemmed edge rather than my usual fringed or blanket stitched edging it, so that it can also be hung on a pole if preferred.
This is heirloom weaving, tactile, sumptuous, precious, warm and luxurious. It is the result of many years working with lambswool, getting to know what it is capable of, and constantly working to improve upon the feel of the cloth I produce.
As a one-off piece, this design is utterly unique and will not be repeated so if you like and purchase this throw it will be the only one of its kind.
I do plan to weave one or two more in this style but each will be a unique piece, woven in a different colourway or with small changes in the design. As with all my work, if you would like to commission a throw to work with your own interior colour scheme please contact me via the form on my contact page.